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Jordan: 2013-14 Guide Supplement

- Advanced Arabic Language, Amman
- Arabic Language & Culture, Amman
- Diplomacy & Policy Studies, Amman

Dear Participants,
Thank you for choosing the University of California Education Abroad Program. We hope that you will have an amazing experience in Amman, Jordan and will look back on it as a highlight of your UC education. For this program, UCEAP has partnered with CIEE. As a UCEAP student, the terms of your participation differ from students who are enrolled with CIEE independently or through another university. It is important for you to be aware of these differences and understand your unique responsibilities as a UCEAP student abroad.
The materials that have been provided to you by CIEE should be read carefully; for example, arrival dates and visa instructions should be followed, and the CIEE contact information should be written down and kept with your passport in case of an emergency. Always keep in mind, however, that you are concurrently enrolled at UC while participating through CIEE in Jordan. This means that, among other things, the grades you earn while in Amman will appear on your UC transcript as direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, and unlike other students you may meet in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP rather than directly to CIEE.
You will also carry an additional insurance policy that is a part of your UCEAP participation. Finally, you will have additional resources and contacts through UCEAP with whom you need to communicate. The details of these separate and unique “UCEAP elements” of your participation are outlined in this short supplement to CIEE’s own Handbook for the Jordan program. Please be familiar with them before departing for Amman.
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Third Party Organization

Your first point of contact while abroad will be the on-site CIEE office:
Dr. Elena Corbett, Resident Director
#1 Rifa’ Al-Ansari Street
Khalifeh Plaza #505
Amman, Jordan
Phone: +962-6-5331258

Your UCEAP Network

While you will stay in close touch with the on-site office, you will also need to keep a list of contacts on hand for the UCEAP Systemwide Office. The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs all over the world, and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. As a participant in this program, you will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
Program Advisor
Liam Brenner
Phone: (805) 893-3246; E-mail:
International Operations Specialist
Michelle Bobro
Phone: (805) 893-3246; E-mail:
International Academics Specialist
Andrea Nuernberger
Phone: (805) 893-2810; E-mail:
Student Finance Accountant
Britt Foley
Phone: (805) 893-4748; E-mail:
Academics & Your UC Registration


Founded in 1962, the University of Jordan is the oldest public four-year institution of higher education in Jordan. The University has 13 academic faculties, 65 academic departments, and a diverse student body of nearly 35,000, including 1,800 international students. The CIEE Study Center is located opposite the main gate of the University and offers students a wide range of support, library, and advising services. Participants in the language and culture program also have access to the CIEE on-campus office in the University of Jordan’s Language Center. CIEE students have access to all major campus facilities, including the library and computer labs.

Course Opportunities

  1. Language and Culture
    You are required to take two language courses: one Arabic language course and one colloquial Jordanian Arabic course. In addition, you take two area studies courses. A full course load is considered four courses, an equivalent of 22 UC quarter units.
    View course listings for the Language and Culture program (at bottom of page) and syllabi (scroll to the right to open syllabi PDF).
  3. Arabic Language
    Arabic Language You take Advanced Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation, Arabic Writing and Research, and one subject course in literature, history, religion, media, or business communication. All subject courses are taught in Arabic. Enrollment in certain subject courses may require a higher level of proficiency than others. By enrolling in the required courses, you will earn 22.5-27 UC quarter units.
    Students must demonstrate mastery of the subject material included in the popular al-Kitaab series through book II or its equivalent on-site language placement exam taken during orientation. Students failing to meet the equivalency will have one opportunity to retake the placement exam. Students failing to demonstrate equivalency on their second attempt can be automatically enrolled in the CIEE Amman Language and Culture program. Confirmed students are also asked to complete an online oral interview with CIEE Arabic Language staff in Jordan as part of the pre-departure process.
    View course listings for the Arabic Language program (at bottom of page) and syllabi (scroll to the right to open syllabi PDF).
  5. Diplomacy & Policy Studies
    You enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic courses at the appropriate level. You are also required to take the CIEE core course, Jordan: A Case Study in Diplomacy and Development. In addition to the required courses, you choose two additional electives from a number of courses including international relations, domestic policies, gender and politics, regional conflict management, and economic and social development. You are required to take a full course load and will earn 24 UC quarter units
    View course listings for the Diplomacy & Policy Studies program (at bottom of page) and syllabi (scroll to the right to open syllabi PDF).


You'll have the option to partake in a for-credit, pre-screened internship with a government agency, or a local or international development organization. Drawing on your experience throughout the semester, you will complete a final research paper that uses your experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region.

Grading System

Grades (A–F with pluses and minuses, converted from a 100 point scale) are assigned based on mid-term and final exams, and depending on the course, additional assignments such as a research paper or a class presentation. Attendance and class participation are also incorporated into the final grade for the program courses. Class attendance is mandatory in all CIEE classes.
Course Registration
The most important thing for you to understand is that you are concurrently enrolled in your courses both through CIEE and through UCEAP’s MyEAP Study List. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. You are receiving direct UC credit, not transfer credit.
When making decisions regarding your academic requirements while abroad, do not follow advice from non-UCEAP students; they are are following different home-university policies.
Registering through CIEE: Signing up for courses
  • You may be able to pre-register for CIEE courses before arriving on-site. Your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor will notify you when details about the course registration process are available in your online CIEE account. There will be an opportunity to change your preliminary course schedule after you arrive, but pay close attention to any deadlines specified by CIEE staff.
  • Neither CIEE nor UCEAP Systemwide Office can assist you with questions about fulfilling home department requirements. You will need to contact your home UC department advisor.
Registering through UCEAP: Entering your courses into your MyEAP Registration Study List:
  • In the first month of the program, you’ll receive detailed instructions from the UCEAP Systemwide Office on how to enter courses in your MyEAP account. It is critical that you read and respond to all e-mails regarding the registration process.
  • Search the MyEAP course catalog to select courses offered by CIEE.
  • Include the correct number of UC units in UC quarter units (even for semester campus students).
  • The Systemwide Office reviews courses (especially subject areas and division) and finalizes Study Lists. Check your final Study List carefully, as it determines how your courses will appear on your UC transcript.
Not sure whom to ask for help?
  • UCEAP academic regulations/MyEAP Study List
    • UCEAP Systemwide Office
  • Conflicts or confusion between UCEAP and CIEE general academic policies
    • UCEAP Systemwide Office
  • CIEE course specifics and concerns 
    • CIEE on-site staff
  • Home UC college or department requirements
    • UC departmental advisor and/or campus EAP advisor
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Handling Money Abroad
Detailed information on handing money abroad can be found in your CIEE Program Handbook.
Diversity at UCEAP
UCEAP Insurance Plan
CIEE Insurance
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
During the CIEE on-site orientation, you will receive information on recommended hospitals, medical clinics, and individual physicians’ clinics. CIEE resident staff will assist you in finding appropriate health care as needed during the program, including transportation in case of a medical emergency.
Physical Health
According to the U.S. Embassy in Amman, the threat of terrorism remains a major concern. Regional and transnational terrorist groups, as well as local extremists, have demonstrated the willingness and ability to mount attacks in Jordan.
Mental Health
Health Risks
Detailed information can be found in your CIEE Program Handbook.
Prescription Medication
Students with Disabilities
While in Jordan, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is found in the United States. Outside of a few of the more expensive hotels in the capital, individuals with disabilities will find almost no accessible accommodations. Similarly there are very few accessible restaurants, shops, or historical sites. Transportation is not accessible, and sidewalks and crosswalks, even in the main cities, are not accessible. Handicap-accessible toilets and bathrooms, even in major hospitals, are generally not available.
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
While you are traveling in Jordan, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from the U.S.
Consensual same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Jordan. Penalties can include a sentence of hard labor of up to twenty years. Although the U.S. Embassy is not aware of any recent arrests or prosecutions for such activities, they remain illegal. For further information on LGBT travel, please review the U.S. Department of State LGBT Travel Information page and the Student Life chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.

Police Response

The Jordanian Public Security Directorate (PSD) is professional and well trained. The PSD has extensive patrols in the more affluent areas of west Amman, such as the Abdoun, Zahran, and Sweifiyeh neighborhoods.
Police forces also patrol locations where foreigners tend to congregate, such as hotels, restaurants, and popular tourist sites like the Roman Coliseum and the ruins of "Philadelphia" in downtown Amman. In refugee camps on the outskirts of Amman police presence is virtually non-existent; most officers prefer not to enter these camps. Police response time in affluent areas is three-five minutes, but it is likely to be longer in other areas of the city. The PSD maintains a 24-hour emergency switchboard that can be reached by dialing 911 from any telephone in Amman. Many PSD officers in Amman speak some English. They are usually efficient and will provide a copy of the police report if requested.
Crime & Prevention
The most common form of crime is petty in nature, especially at tourist sites and crowded areas. Increase your vigilance in areas where pickpockets and opportunistic thieves are known to operate.
Avoid walking alone at night or in secluded areas, refrain from displaying cash or expensive jewelry, and stay away from relatively poor areas, particularly in downtown Amman.
Avoid wearing clothing with slogans or logos that reveal your nationality. Consider avoiding clothing or jewelry that would identify you as Jewish or Israeli.
Detailed information can be found in your CIEE Program Handbook.
Civil Unrest
Demonstrations throughout the country occur regularly, sometimes resulting in road closures and confrontations with security forces. Of concern is the changing nature of the opposition’s rhetoric in tone and the public willingness to call for the ouster of the Prime Minister as well as denouncing the King, a once unheard of act that is still punishable by imprisonment. Anti-American sentiment does exist due largely to regional political issues or conflicts, especially the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and perceptions regarding U.S. involvement or lack of involvement in the Syria conflict.
Maintain as low a profile as possible; undertake only essential travel and avoid large crowds and demonstrations. When possible, travel in groups of two or more. Avoid using public transportation and maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times. If the civil unrest is anti-Western in nature, limit exposure to areas frequented by expatriates.
If caught in a potentially violent situation, immediately seek shelter in upscale hotels or large public buildings, such as libraries, theaters, hospitals, or museums.
Traffic & Transportation Safety
Physical road conditions in larger cities are generally fair to good. However, road safety is a major issue. In addition, trucks are often overloaded, and drivers may not be adequately trained.
US Embassy officials are not authorized to use public buses due to security concerns but are allowed to use marked taxi cabs.
Traffic accidents are common and often result in serious injuries or fatalities. Fatality rates are four times higher than in the U.S. Excessive speeding is common, especially by owners of high-end sport cars. "Stop" and "Yield" signs are often ignored.
Pedestrian Safety
Car accidents represent a major problem in Jordan. Many car accidents in Jordan involve pedestrians.
The steep terrain and heavy traffic remains challenging for pedestrians. The Eastern Mediterranean region ranks second among WHO (World Health Organization) regions in the proportion of pedestrian deaths among all road traffic deaths (28%), after the African Region (38%).
As a pedestrian, it is your responsibility to make yourself visible and avoid dangerous behavior and situations. Be careful and attentive.
Traffic is heavy in major cities, and pedestrians are numerous. Sidewalks are sometimes narrow or may be lacking. Motorists may not stop for pedestrians in crossings. Look carefully in both directions before crossing streets, even when using a marked crosswalk.
Sexual Harassment
Incidents of sexual harassment, including inappropriate physical contact, staring, stalking, and indecent exposure, of Western women are regularly reported. Many of the incidents have taken place in smaller towns outside of Amman, but several have occurred within the capital city’s limits, especially involving taxi drivers who sometimes inappropriately touch female customers who sit in the front passenger seat.
To decrease the likelihood of being victimized while using a taxi, take precautions such as avoiding travel to unfamiliar areas at night, not traveling alone, not riding in the front seat of a taxi, and dressing modestly when in public.
Dressing very modestly may be the most important step you can take to minimize harassment. A serious incident occurred in Amman involving an international student within the past year.  The student was saved from a mob by a passerby. Be extremely cautious wherever you are.  
Carry a cellular telephone charged and on at all times.
LGBTIQ Students

​Consensual same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Jordan. Penalties can include a sentence of hard labor of up to twenty years. Although the U.S. Embassy is not aware of any recent arrests or prosecutions for such activities, they remain illegal.

For more information, refer to the U.S. Department of State LGBT Travel Information and the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad, Student Life chapter, Diversity section.

UCEAP Contingency Planning
Fire Safety
In An Emergency
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