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CIEE: Amman, Jordan (Third Party)

The Program

This program is designed for students who have an interest in Jordan and the Middle East. Courses are offered in the areas of Arabic language, anthropology, history, economics, literature, religion, archaeology, environment, political science, and the media. This program is very suitable for any student who would like to do volunteer work or an internship.

The Academics

You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits upon completion of this program. The program offers students a series of specially designed courses in such fields as anthropology, archaeology, culture, economics, history, literature, politics, and religion. Although there is no language prerequisite for participation in the program, all students are required to take both Arabic Language (Modern Standard) and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman. In addition, students normally take two area studies courses (taught in English). The University of Jordan’s Office of International Relations and Programs (OIRP) is responsible for academic oversight of the CIEE Study Center and assists students with academic advising. The Director of the OIRP is Dr. Ahmad Majdoubeh, Dean of the Language Center.

For both semesters, students begin with a three-week intensive course of Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, supplemented by excursions and lectures on regional topics. After the initial three-week period, students begin their course in Arabic Language and two area studies courses.

To receive credit for an internship, the internship experience has to be part of a graded course listed on the transcript from the foreign institution; and before you leave UConn, you must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

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
GEOG 4093 Foreign Study ENVI 3001 The Environment and the Politics of Water 3 6/30/19
POLS 3993 Foreign Study POLY 3004 America and the Arabs 3 6/30/19

The Experience

The program begins with a one-week orientation program conducted in Amman, which introduces students to the country, the culture, and the academic program, and provides practical information about living in Jordan. Orientation is maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

Students have the option of living in a University of Jordan dormitory, in an apartment (with other CIEE program participants) or for female participants only, with a Jordanian family. Apartment stays may have additional costs depending on the number of occupants in an apartment. Students who stay in apartments receive a meal stipend; students who stay with families have meals provided by the family. Please note: students who stay in University dormitories do not have a meal stipend.

Students have access to e-mail at the University, nearby Internet cafés, and at the Resident Director’s office at AMIDEAST in Amman.

Click here for information on applying to a CIEE program.


Please note that 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.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/28/2018 05/18/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

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