The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a relatively new nation-state built on ancient land and populated by peoples with an equally long sense of religious, familial and tribal identity. Jordan has survived the tumult of the last 60 years and has thrived and emerged as a key source of stability and model of progress in the region.
With its population of 1.5 million and its rapid spatial growth, Amman is considered a typical Middle Eastern city in terms of resource distribution, services, and economic development. Social attitudes and cultural norms are changing as well, but traditional orientations prevail. Jordanian society is still patriarchal, family-centered and home-based. You will have the opportunity to become fully immersed in this ancient society and live with it as it continues to grapple with globalization, modernization, and social change.
Academic Year: Late August through mid-May
Fall semester: Late August through mid-December
Spring semester: Mid-January through mid-May
*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.
Students will participate in one of CIEE’s two study tracks in Amman, Jordan:
Enrolling in Arabic language classes is required for both tracks. All students must enroll in 15 credit hours.
- Advanced Arabic Language—an intensive Arabic language program taught at the CIEE Study Center in a traditional neighborhood in Amman.
- Middle East Studies—Arabic language courses and a variety of area studies courses taught in English with the option of taking a course at Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT).
- The Advanced Arabic Language Program offers courses taught in Arabic only and is for advanced students of Arabic (at least four semesters of Arabic or the equivalent) with an Arabic language GPA of 3.3. An onsite language proficiency exam will help to place you in appropriate level courses.
- The Middle East Studies Program is designed for the study and experience of the language, history and culture of the region.There are no prerequisites but students are required to take both Modern Standard Arabic (6 cr.) and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (3 cr.) while in Amman. Students can choose the other six credits from a variety of International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Literature and Political Science courses taught in English. Students also have the option to participate in an an internship.
Courses for the Middle East Studies Program and for the Advanced Arabic Language Program are listed under Academics.
Approved courses are listed in the International Course Database.
Juniors are eligible for this program.
Students wishing to participate in the Advanced Arabic Language Program must have a 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum of a 3.3 GPA in Modern Standard Arabic. You must have taken 4 semesters of college Arabic or the equivalent and pass an on-site proficiency exam upon arrival.
Students wishing to participate in the Middle East Studies Program must have a 2.75 overall GPA and demonstrate an interest in the Middle East through coursework and through the application statement.
This program is administered by CIEE, a Third Party Provider and is a two-stage acceptance program. Once accepted by Notre Dame, there is a secondary application administered through CIEE. While it is rare that a student accepted by Notre Dame would not be accepted by CIEE, CIEE does make the final academic decision. Pre-departure forms and materials will be assigned on both the Notre Dame study abroad website and the CIEE accepted student website.
In addition to overnight trips to Petra and Wadi Rum included in the program, students will have a variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from including teaching English. Internships for credit may also be available, but only with approval from appropriate departments. Peer language tutors are also available to help you improve your language skills.
Housing and Meals
Students accepted into the Advanced Arabic Language program will be placed in homestays with Jordanian families. These students will have an inside look into the culture and language of the country, but will have to make some personal adjustments regarding personal privacy, habits, and social norms. Students usually share 2 meals a day with their host family and all meals on weekends. Middle East Studies students can choose between a homestay or apartment living. Homestays are not guaranteed but are granted upon availability and compatibility.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.
CIEE—Advanced Arabic Language Program
CIEE—Middle Eastern Studies Program