AMIDEAST: Amman - Area & Arabic Language Studies
Ahlan wa sahlan to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan! Fortify your Arabic language skills with the Amideast Education Abroad program in Amman! Students take a blended, Modern Standard Arabic plus Colloquial Arabic course (8 credits) and a handful of... read more
I improved my Arabic especially my colloquial. The smaller size of the program was also great because you really got close with all of the students. A student - George Washington University View Entire Review
Improved language skills A student - Boston College View Entire Review
I gained the ability to communicate without using language and a mindset to travel more. I am so grateful for the opportunity to study in Amman. Maureen Lincke - Knox College View Entire Review
So much...I don't even know where to begin. Mostly, I saw a lot of self-growth in my confidence and knowledge of myself, which, of course, makes the program very worthwhile. A student - Cornell College View Entire Review
language skills and wonderful connection to a fabulous host family A student - George Washington University View Entire Review
I gained a huge appreciation for the Jordanian culture, as well as the complexities of the regional context. I also learned some Arabic. A student - Luther College View Entire Review
I learned how to live on my own in a foreign country, how to acclimate myself to a culture totally unlike my own, and how to befriend people even when there is a clear language barrier present. The experience was utterly worthwhile, as I gained very useful language and interpersonal skills, and I plan on returning to Amman next ... A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was completely worth while. I was exposed to an entirely new culture, my language skills improved greatly, and I was able to witness and be a part of relationship structures unique to the Middle East. A student - Kenyon College View Entire Review
My semester in Jordan was a few of the best months I've experienced. I met so many wonderful people, Jordanian, American, and from anywhere else you might imagine. I gained a perspective which I couldn't even begin to imagine as a student from the Midwest. The people of Jordan are amazingly hospitable even if the climate may not... Grayce M - Cornell College View Entire Review
I learned that looking at other cultures as either completely different or completely similar is a simplification. I learned the nuances of Arabic culture. Arabs have traditions and customs that differ from those found in the U.S., but youth also have similar hobbies and tastes. I appreciated the chance to improve my language sk... Gabe B - Oberlin College View Entire Review
cross-cultural understanding A student - Grinnell College View Entire Review
I would say that this program pushed me, I am never a person to pick the easy path but throughout this program I was able to explore and still have support. It was worthwhile to meet so many new people learn about a new culture and finally feel as if I had broken away a bit from the western world. A student - Lawrence University View Entire Review
I learned Arabic, so that was pretty cool. Sam C - Grinnell College View Entire Review
The best experience. It's cliche but you learn more about who you are and what you really want. A student - Syracuse University View Entire Review
I met amazing teachers abroad. The program in general was a little disappointing. A student - Dickinson College View Entire Review
This program, as well as the host country, can be a life changing experience. I would highly recommend for people interested in the region, people, and language. A student - Northeastern University View Entire Review
I would definitely go back and recommend the program/city to other students A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A new culture, new mindset, and unique sides of learning a new language. It was very worthwhile A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
The time I spent was certainly worthwhile. It wasn't ideal for me in the sense that I needed more language immersion and integration, which I didn't get through this program. I learned mostly about the similarities between Arab culture and other cultures as well as the nuances of dialect Arabic. Umar F - Claremont McKenna College View Entire Review
I am definitely glad that I chose AMIDEAST, despite a few of the setbacks I had with professors and my host family. Most of my courses were incredible and the program staff in Amman are very competent and responsive to the needs of students, without being overly involved or coddling. I really loved the language partner component... A student - University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
Don't believe everything you hear about people until you actually meet them. Definitely worthwhile. A student - Virginia Military Institute View Entire Review
Perspective and experience, it was worth it A student - Virginia Military Institute View Entire Review
I learned to be patient with cultural differences when interacting with my Jordanian friends I met through the program. I also saw myself mature and drastically improve my Arabic language skills (I jumped up 3.5 levels in proficiency versus the average 1.7). I can now say Jordan is a city I see myself working in farther in the f... Lucy P - Lawrence University View Entire Review
A look into Jordanian culture but not as much language as I wanted A student - Dickinson College View Entire Review
During my time abroad, I learned a lot about everything. The Middle East is a very unique place. It taught me about a starkly different culture from my own, people, a new language, and mostly it taught me about myself and who I want to be. Lindsay J - University of Maryland - University College View Entire Review
- Arabic: Blended Modern Standard & Colloquial Jordanian (8 credits) is recommended
- Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (3 credits) is required if not in the 8-credit course
- Elective Area Studies Courses (3 credits each) taught in English in a variety of disciplines including a Community-Based Learning course. Recent courses have been drawn from art, history, political science, religion, and women's studies.
- Media Arabic (3 credits) is also available as an elective
Every semester we offer our Community-Based Learning course. This interdisciplinary course aims at strengthening and deepening students' knowledge of the Middle East through direct experience in local organizations and a series of lectures aimed at providing the theoretical framework for studying and interacting with Jordanian society, culture, and politics.
Students will have a volunteer placement in a local organization where they are expected to spend at least five hours a week. There are also lectures/seminars to contextualize the placement, providing the opportunity to directly observe and analyze different aspects of Jordanian culture, social relations, and politics under the framework provided by the class readings and discussions.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Area Studies
- Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
- Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
- Arabic Language and Literature
- International Relations
- Political Science and Government
WebsiteTake me there!
Amideast Education Abroad students are selected to act as a "correspondents" for our semester and summer programs. These correspondents submit multiple blog entries while developing travel and creative writing skills. Students also critically reflect in writing on their education abroad experience with Amideast.
$1,000 (semester) or $500 (summer)
Amideast Education Abroad Need Based Scholarships are awarded based on the student's financial need, and can be given up to $3,000 for summer programs and $5,000 for semester programs. Awards may be disbursed as a tuition reduction, one-time bank transfer, or equal monthly on-site cash payments.
$500 - $5,000
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