Applicants should be in good academic standing and have a GPA of 3.0. No previous language study is required, but students must have demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic language through coursework and statement of purpose.
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 apartment with other CIEE program participants. Homestay placements are made on the basis of compatibility between families and students, and 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
Languages of instruction are English and Arabic.
Fields of study include: Arabic, Environmental Studies, Government/Political Science, History, International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Religion
For more information on required and elective courses, as well as course descriptions, visit the CIEE program website.
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. In addition to the 2 required courses, students choose two content courses - taught in English - from the list of CIEE electives. The list of courses can be found on 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.
In addition to the program courseload, CIEE sponsors excursions during the semester and also conducts pre-departure and on-site CIEE orientations.
Students receive letter grades (A-F). A grade of C or above is required for credit.