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 may take a blended, Modern Standard Arabic plus Colloquial Arabic course (8 credits), or just Col... read more
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
It was very worthwhile to see social issues that I learned about in textbooks. I also improved greatly with Arabic. Garrett S - American University View Entire Review
Perspective into other points of life and cultures and Arabic language skills; certainly worth it. Ted D - Dickinson College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of encouragement to keep studying Arabic, because I saw how beneficial it was and all of the people who I could talk to because I spoke Arabic. I also gained confidence in my ability to use the language and to get around on my own. A student - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I could live in a country like Jordan, and I love the Arabic language. I just think it was an overall great experience. Christian B - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
I learned a great deal about myself and what I am interested in, what I want to do in my career and what I don't want to do. This was not a fun semester, there were a lot of parts that were difficult but I am glad that I did it. A student - American University View Entire Review
I feel like the thing I gained most from Jordan was a better and deeper understanding of Middle Eastern history and politics, and the independent travel I was able to do during the program was amazing. Lili M - Kenyon College View Entire Review
Definitely. My understanding of culture is what improved the most. I'm currently living abroad, and have plans to study for my grad degree abroad as well. Kelley J - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
I improved my language skills and built understanding of the region and culture that I could not have otherwise known. I look for any opportunity to go back! Chrsitine H - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
I gained flexibility, adaptibility, and cultural appreciation from my program. I have also greatly improved my Arabic skills. Because of this program, my academic and career interests have definitely shifted to the Middle East. Overall, I am a different, more mature, and more understanding person because of it all. And I wouldn'... Lauren K - George Washington University 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
language skills improved greatly, made great friendships, and learned about the culture, religion, history, and politics of Jordan and the surrounding region studying abroad was the best thing I ever did, this program was just not my favorite A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Arabic is a language best learned by practice, and studying abroad is the best way to practice. Heather H - Saint Lawrence University View Entire Review
People are people no matter where you are in the world and as long as you accept their culture then you will adapt very quickly and learn to relax and have fun. delisha.king - University of Georgia View Entire Review
I learned a LOT about myself, and regarding things that I did not anticipate. It was a great experience, and I would go back in a heartbeat. A student - Macalester College View Entire Review
I have learned how to appreciate every person I meet and to enjoy every moment of each day. A student - Saint Lawrence University View Entire Review
One of the best experiences of my life. Juanita A - Marymount Manhattan College View Entire Review
Yes, study abroad was certainly worthwhile! I feel like I have expanded my understanding of the world around me, particularly the ways in which we are all similar. As a math and econ major, the chance to go on a program that was not particularly closely related to my main interests was particularly valuable. Derek F - Grinnell College View Entire Review
Study Abroad helped me to further my learning and educational experience by allowing me to explore and experience a culture and region rather than just read about it. The experience and knowledge I have gained will help me in future careers and interactions because of my better understanding of how to interact with people of di... Justin W - Virginia Military Institute 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 may take a blended, Modern Standard Arabic plus Colloquial Arabic course (8 credits), or just Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (3 credits). Organized excursions span exciting locations from the ancient city of Petra to the northern sites of Jerash and Ajloun. Yalla!
- 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
COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNINGEvery 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):
- Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
- Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
- Arabic Language and Literature
- Area Studies
- International Relations
WebsiteTake me there!
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.
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