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 benefit from the opportunity to engage with rigorous Modern Standard Arabic instruction and a ... read more
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
Life. Direction. Passion. It was beyond worthwhile. I wish I maximized my time while I was there in terms of language usage and learning and relationships with locals, but I loved what I had and I wouldn't give that up. A student - University of Richmond 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
i learned about hte culture, others, and the MENA region. and yes it was worthwhile! allison.hytha - University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
I learned more about the people and the local experience of life in the Middle East, (from anecdotes and friends), that I could not have possibly gained in the US. Also, in terms of the people, I more than once learned about the differences in social interaction and how to adapt to fit it. Eliza M - Wellesley 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
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
It was amazing. My language skills got so much better while I was there and I really got a chance to experience the culture. I really felt like I had found myself a new home. katee.floyd - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
Learned mainly about the middle east. Argina G - Saint Lawrence University View Entire Review
Ahlan wa sahlan to the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan! Fortify your Arabic language skills with the AMIDEAST
Education Abroad program in Amman! Students benefit from the opportunity to
engage with rigorous Modern Standard Arabic instruction and a diverse set of
area studies courses. Participants hone their skills the Jordanian colloquial
Arabic, an increasingly important dialect in the international sphere.
Organized excursions span exciting locations from the ancient city of Petra to
the northern sites of Jerash and Ajloun. Yalla!
Students in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman carry a 14 to 17 credit hour course load per semester. All students enroll in Arabic and two or three other courses from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines taught in English. In addition to academics, our students benefit from an on-site orientation, opportunity to live with a Jordanian family, structured ways to meet local students, and organized excursions to exciting locations around Jordan. AMIDEAST prioritizes the high quality instruction of both Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian colloquial Arabic to beginning through advanced learners of Arabic.
Students enrolled in AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Program in Amman will have opportunities to study fascinating Middle East topics in English-taught 3-credit courses based at the AMIDEAST Center in Amman’s Abdoun district. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program courses in Amman are taught by a select group of Jordanian professors from a variety of institutions in and around Amman. These lecturers possess a strong instructional experience in English-speaking environments. All faculty members have received post-graduate degrees from North American or European universities, or have spent considerable time at English-medium institutions as students, faculty members, visiting faculty or visiting researchers.
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
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AMIDEAST Education Abroad Need-Based Scholarships are awarded in the form of a program fee reduction and range between $250 and $750 for short term programs, $500 and $1500 for summer programs, and between $500 and $3000 for semester programs. In exceptional circumstances, awards of up to $2000 may be made for summer programs, and up to $5000 for semester and programs.
$500 - $3,000
Up to four AMIDEAST education abroad students are selected to act as a "correspondents" for our semester-long programs. These correspondents submit a blog entry based on a choice of topics every two weeks. While developing travel and creative writing skills, students also critically reflect in writing on their education abroad experience with AMIDEAST.