Applicants should be in good academic standing and should have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.3 in their Arabic language courses. Students are required to have completed 4 semesters of college-level Arabic or its equivalent by the time they enter the program. Students must test into Level 5 or higher on the University of Jordan Language Center placement exam. Students failing to place into Level 5 will have one more opportunity to re-take the placement exam. Those who do not test into Level 5 must enroll in the CIEE Language and Culture program.
Applications are due in February for the upcoming fall or full year and in October for the spring term. If you are considering a full year abroad in two locations (split year), you must submit application materials for both programs at the deadline for the first program.
Students must also submit an online application to CIEE. To open a CIEE application, students must first create a MyCIEE account. The CIEE application must be completed by the OGE deadline below. Recommendations and the essay submitted as part of the OGE application can also be used for the CIEE application.
*Applicants who do not meet these eligibility requirements are encouraged to meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to learn about their options.
All courses will take place at the CIEE Study Center which is located in one of the older core neighborhoods in Amman where students will have the opportunity to interact with the local community and have easy access to a variety of academic and cultural institutions.
Accommodation and Meals
Study abroad students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family or in an Arabic-only apartment with other CIEE program participants. Homestay placements are made on the basis of compatibility between families and students. In some cases a suitable homestay may not be available for every interested student. Students in homestays generally eat two meals a day with their families and most meals on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekly lunches. Students selecting the apartment option need to budget for all meals, as they are not included in the program fee. All CIEE housing options in Jordan require students to make adjustments to the host culture, including curfews, limits on guests, and decorum. Apartments have limits on visitors and quiet hours for safety purposes and deference to local norms. Students receive some meals during orientation and during CIEE-sponsored excursions.
Fall: late August-mid December
Spring: late January-late May
Full Year: late August-late May
Fields of Study and Language of Instruction
All courses are taught in Arabic. Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Arabic at all times with their instructors, peers, and host families.
Fields of study include: Arabic, History, Literature, Religion
For more information on required and elective courses, as well as course descriptions, visit the CIEE program website.
In addition to the program courseload, there will be CIEE sponsored excursions during the semester and also a pre-departure and on-site CIEE orientations.
Students take Advanced Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation, Arabic Writing and one additional elective in literature, history, or communication, taught in Arabic. The list of courses can be found at the CIEE website. A full courseload on this program is 15-18 credits and 5 course equivalents.
Upon their return, those students who wish to continue taking Arabic at Georgetown and/or those who wish to receive Arabic credit for the Arabic courses taken abroad will have to take an Arabic placement test. The test is administered by the Arabic Department.
Students receive letter grades (A-F). A grade of C or above is required for credit.