Lots of Arabic studying in a beautiful city Past Review

By (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania) - abroad from 07/08/2013 to 08/09/2013 with

AMIDEAST: Amman - Intensive Arabic, Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much in terms of my Arabic language learning.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

VERY academically rigorous. It was an excellent program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

AMIDEAST staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and very approachable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a shared apartment with other AMIDEAST students and it was a lot of fun.

* Food:

Delicious! So much good hummus and falafel.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish I had lived with a host family... I mostly hung out with my American roommates.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

Amman is a perfectly safe city, especially when you are dressed conservatively and are respectful of the local customs.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Things seem expensive at first because of the exchange rate--watch out for cab rides, they can add up--but once you settle in, it's very manageable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Cab rides and meals.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

When they say intensive Arabic, they mean it. So much Arabic!

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 301
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Meet up with your language partner! and speak Arabic with them, not just English.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living in Amman!
  • My Arabic professors
  • Excursions to other parts of Jordan: the Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum
* What could be improved?
  • More language partner program supervision
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring your textbook

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.