Applicants should be in good academic standing and should have a GPA of 3.0. No previous language study is required, but students must have a background in Middle Eastern studies. Students are also required to take Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Colloquial Arabic while in Jordan.
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 apply online to CIEE. In order to open a CIEE application, students must first create a MyCIEE account. Students need to create their MyCIEE account and open a CIEE application by the OIP deadline below. All applicants must also submit a Visiting Student Application, which is available through CIEE's on-line application.
Princess Sumaya Univeristy of Technology is the only private and nonprofit university in Jordan and is known as a center of educational excellence both in the country and the surrounding region. The institution’s strong connections with a variety of public- and private-sector organizations will allow students to take advantage of internship, independent research, and community engagement opportunities, and the wide range of English-taught courses will enable CIEE to continue to grow new direct enrollment options in the future. The University is located in Amman, the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. As the largest city in Jordan, Amman is the administrative capital and commercial center of the Kingdom.. The University is located in Amman, the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. As the largest city in Jordan, Amman is the administrative capital and commercial center of the Kingdom.
The CIEE Study Center and all classes are located in the University of Jordan's Language Center, which has been offering courses in Arabic Language to non-native speakers since 1979.
Accomodation and Meals
Students have an option of living in an apartment with other CIEE program participants or with a Jordanian family. The apartments can vary in size dependent both upon the number of students interested in this housing option and by general availability in the city. All apartments are fully-furnished and include a kitchen. Students considering a homestay will live with a pre-screened Jordanian family in Amman and can expect to share a room. Only in rare cases do students have their own rooms. CIEE cannot promise to secure homestays for male participants due to cultural considerations for many families. Male participants can expect to live in an apartment with other CIEE students. Students living in apartments will be responsible for their meals. Families will provide breakfast and dinner during the week and three meals a day on weekends. Students can also eat at the cafeteria on campus or at one of many reasonably priced restaurants in the area.
Fall: late August-mid December
Spring: late January-late May
Full Year: late August-late May
Fields of Study and Language of Instruction
Languages of Instruction are English and Arabic.
Fields of Study include: Arabic, Environmental Studies, Government/Political Science, History, International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Religion
Students take 15 credits a semester (4 courses). Students are required to take Modern Standard Arabic at the level of their proficiency together with Jordanian Colloquial Arabic. Colloquial Arabic is generally offered as an intensive mini-course at the beginning of the regular semester. In addition to Modern Standard Arabic, students choose two content courses - taught in English- from the list of CIEE electives. The list of courses can be found at the CIEE website.
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.