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CIEE: Amman, Jordan Intensive Arabic (summer) (Third Party)

Program Dates:  early June – mid July

The Program

This seven-week summer program is for students who have a strong interest in developing a solid foundation in Modern Standard Arabic and seek to begin or accelerate their

language proficiency through an intensive language program. In addition to rigorous coursework in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, students participate in language club activities and program excursions designed to give them opportunities to apply their language skills and learn firsthand about Jordanian culture and society.

Program Snapshot

* Intensive Arabic language training in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic

*Program excursions to local and regional historical sites such as Jordan’s  biblical sites, Roman heritage sites, and desert castles

*Target Language Clubs to further language acquisition and develop core vocabulary and colloquial conversation

*Peer Language Tutors help to enhance language abilities and offer insight into campus life

The Academics

The CIEE Arabic Language summer program is designed for intensive language acquisition and is conducted at the University of Jordan. Participants’ Arabic language skills will greatly improve through their required courses, interaction with Peer Language Tutors, and participation in Target Language Clubs. This is a rigorous program for focused students seeking the opportunity to commence or continue the study of Arabic. The number of daily contact hours is high and attendance is required. Instructors are natives to Jordan and reflect local cultural norms in their classroom demeanor and pedagogy. Students must expect a more formal classroom environment and take initiative in understanding instructors’ expectations. Language classes are held five days a week for four hours daily. Instructors have office hours for students with questions and in need of extra help.

Students with no background in Arabic are automatically enrolled in Beginning I. All other students are assigned based on the results of a placement exam taken upon arrival. Final determination of a student’s appropriate level is made by the CIEE Language Coordinator in consultation with the instructors and the student.

The University of Jordan:

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 in the University of Jordan?s Language Center, which has been offering courses in Arabic Language to non-native speakers since 1979. CIEE students enjoy the modern language labs, classrooms, and a computer lab at the Language Center and have access to other campus facilities. Classes are held throughout the University Campus. CIEE recruits University of Jordan students from the faculty of Foreign Languages to serve as Peer Language Tutors. Students are matched according to language ability and interests when possible. Students are briefed on expectations and are expected to commit to up to three hours weekly of on-campus meetings focused on conversation and assistance with Arabic. This program facilitates interaction with local peers and offers students insight into campus life.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title
Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
POLS 3993 Foreign Study POLY 3004 America and the Arabs 3 6/30/19

The Experience

The academic program is supplemented with excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. Students have the option of attending a day trip every weekend to sites such as Jordan’s biblical sites, Roman heritage sites, and desert castles. The program also has one overnight trip to Petra. Resident staff keep students up to date on local cultural events, including films, concerts, and conferences.

Amman has a history that reaches back at least 5,000 years. Despite the ancient ruins that dominate the downtown skyline, much of the city only dates back to the 1970s. The city, draped over several hills, is a study in contrasts. A traditional downtown souk (marketplace) is a taxi ride away from massive, American-style shopping malls. It is a very accessible, cosmopolitan city with numerous museums, art galleries, theaters, and cinemas. With its reputation for security and hospitality, Amman is home to inhabitants from all over the Middle East. The city provides a safe and stable environment for students to learn about the region.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking Finances.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/27/2018 03/06/2018 06/03/2018 08/03/2018

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Languages
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5