Location
  • Jordan
    • Amman
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Accounting Communications Computer Science Creative Writing Cultural Studies Economics Engineering Finance History Human Rights Information Technology International Business International Relations Language Studies Linguistics Literature Marketing Mathematics Media Relations Political Science Public Policy Religious Studies Social Sciences Statistics +14
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
Jun 04, 2024
Aug 25, 2023
3 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Amman has an ancient history and a diverse, vibrant modernity. It is an accessible, cosmopolitan city with numerous museums, art galleries, theaters, not to mention the delicious variety of Arabic food. With its reputation for security and hospitality, Amman is home to inhabitants from all over the Middle East. The city provides a safe and stable environment for students to learn about the region.

You will have every opportunity to immerse yourself in Jordanian culture. Special guest lectures by government officials, activists, and local experts enrich the academic program. You are encouraged to use your Arabic language skills in everyday settings. This fosters Arabic language proficiency and a better understanding of Jordanian society. CIEE also coordinates a series of local site visits and cultural activities. Our staff will help keep you up to date on local cultural events, such as conferences, films, and concerts.

Courses are available in English and Arabic.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Amman is located in a traditional neighborhood, which allows students plenty of opportunities to interact with local residents and get to know key institutions and sites with ease.
  • Visits to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders.
  • Tours of iconic mosques and museums.
  • Participate in weekly co-curricular activities to develop your Arabic Language skills and understanding of the culture.
  • Elect to do an internship at a local or international NGO or business.

Popular Programs

CIEE Amman Summer Programs

From the maze-like downtown to the many exotic souks, minarets, mosques, and coffeehouses, you’ll get a complete Middle Eastern experience in this unforgettable summer.

Courses are available in English and Arabic.

CIEE Amman Semester Programs

CIEE Amman offers study abroad students a series of specially designed area studies courses that provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region.

Program Reviews

4.75 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 5 rating 75%
  • 4 rating 25%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.2
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.6
  • Housing 4.6
  • Safety 4.95
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Indigo
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Excellent Program!

I spent an incredible 5 months with this program, and experienced so much of Jordan that I never would have without their excellent, hardworking staff. They make sure to expose you to as much local culture as possible, and work within your Arabic abilities, whatever they are. I especially recommend staying with a homestay--they have a solid network of extremely friendly, hospitable families for you to stay with. Many people ask me if it's safe, and I always say: much safer than the U.S.! People in Jordan are more welcoming than you'd believe, and the CIEE staff will make sure you get out and experience that welcoming. Trips to Petra, Wadi Rum, Ajloun--it's all included, and anywhere else you want to visit, you'll have support.

Pros
  • Cultural Experience
  • Hospitality
  • Food
Cons
  • Female students may experience catcalling
39 people found this review helpful.
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Dorra
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Amman Program

My experience with the study abroad program was both enjoyable and educational. I had a great time and learned a lot during my time abroad. The program provided me with valuable opportunities to explore a new culture, interact with people from different backgrounds, and expand my knowledge in various academic subjects.
However, one area where the program could have been improved is in terms of organization and planned activities. There were instances where the schedule seemed a bit disorganized, and it would have been helpful to have a clearer itinerary and more structured activities. This would have enhanced the overall experience and made it easier to make the most of our time abroad.
Additionally, the location of the apartments provided for the program was too far from the city center. This resulted in both a financial burden and a significant amount of time spent commuting. It would have been more convenient if the apartments were situated closer to the center, allowing for easier access to amenities, cultural sites, and social activities.
Overall, the study abroad program was a positive experience that allowed me to have fun, make new connections, and gain valuable knowledge.

49 people found this review helpful.
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Tobias
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Middle Eastern Studies

I had a great time in Amman and with CIEE, I highly recommend it. Since the first few days of orientation, I knew I was going to have a great time. CIEE staff has been very supportive and has organized many events and activities, especially in the first period when it might be harder to adapt oneself to the culture. The classes were very interesting varying from language (Arabic and colloquial) to political science and international relations classes regarding the conflicts in the Middle East. I also had the opportunity to intern at a company in Amman, and in the free time to travel around the wonderful country.

Pros
  • Learning the language
  • Learning about the culture
  • Traveling around
47 people found this review helpful.
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Sophie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of CIEE Middle East Studies in Amman, Jordan

I had a great time in this program. Firstly, all staff were incredible- empathetic, smart, helpful, and interested in building relationships with us. I achieved a level of Arabic proficiency I never would have had I not gone abroad. I got to see the most incredible historical and cultural sites in Jordan, and had the freedom to travel on my own or with friends. I also got to meet locals and get immersed in Amman. Another great feature of this program is that you can participate in an internship while there, which I did as well- it helped me gain experience working abroad and is a great thing to have on your resume. Overall, I would definitely recommend this program!

Pros
  • All adults involved were excellent and very helpful, both professors and program staff
  • We went on great trips as a group where we both learned and just had fun
  • Housing accommodations were great, our housing coordinator was very helpfuil
Cons
  • 5-day school-week meant limited time to travel
  • Did not always feel safe as a female foreigner in Amman
  • Did not have internet in our housing accommodations
61 people found this review helpful.
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Elysse
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience in a Unique Location!

Studying abroad in Jordan was an excellent experience to visit a unique region and learn a lot about the politics of the Middle East and the Arabic language! I loved living in Amman, and the support offered by CIEE was a large contributor to that experience. As with any study abroad experience, there is a bit of culture shock when you first arrive, however I found many similarities emerged as I continued throughout the semester.

Studying abroad in Amman is different from the classic Europe study abroad experience. The social life is a bit quieter, but there are plenty of new nightlife experiences to try. The program can be relatively small, but I made some fantastic friends while studying there. Overall, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to challenge yourself and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Exploring cafes, traveling to new countries, browsing through the markets (suuks) and finding your favorite sweets shop are all some of the day-to-day activities you may enjoy.

I also participated in the internship program. I worked at the University of Jordan in the Center for Strategic Studies. This was a great option to gain work experience in a foreign country and focus on topics I was interested in—particularly refugee settlement and integration in Jordan.

My favorite experience while studying abroad was spending the night in Wadi Rum. The orange sand in the desert was probably the most beautiful and unique landscape I had ever seen. We went on jeep rides through the sand dunes, hiked up a canyon to a small pool, ate amazing home-cooked food at the camp, and rode camels while the sun set on the evening. Following this trip, we continued down to Petra and saw one of the wonders of the world! I think everyone should check these locations off their bucket list at some point, and having these excursions covered by CIEE was an amazing opportunity.

I highly recommend this abroad experience and cannot wait to return to Amman in the future.

Pros
  • Adventure
  • Language
  • Culture
Cons
  • Small
  • Harder to travel outside of the program
  • Less nightlife
73 people found this review helpful.
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Riya
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Solid study abroad program

This is your standard study abroad program with classes and excursions. The academics weren't particularly challenging but nonetheless, I took interesting and informative classes. The excursions and cultural activities were all well planned and I enjoyed all of them. The staff was generally helpful and always supportive. I made lifelong friends and lived with a host family that became my home away from home.

I wish the program was in a larger space, as we had 60 students in one small floor of a building.

What would you improve about this program?
One area for improvement would be providing students with a transportation stipend. Transportation in Jordan is really expensive, and it was by far my biggest expense.
103 people found this review helpful.
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Jenny
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE in Jordan is the G.O.A.T.

I couldn't recommend CIEE in Amman, Jordan enough, especially to students pursuing degrees in Arabic and/or Political Science. I initially chose CIEE over other programs because of the variety of transferrable classes it offers, the freedom of mobility students have within and beyond Jordan's borders, and the program's emphasis on organizing cultural experiences to better immerse students in the local lifestyle. The program itself not only met my expectations in all of these areas, but the staff and faculty also went above and beyond in their support, administration, and provision of engaging activities offered to students, which was a pleasant surprise. The Arabic professors are the best I've ever had in my three years of studying Arabic, and the relationships I have fostered with both the local and CIEE communities are some I'll retain for life. CIEE Amman knows what they're doing--they aim to serve their students well in every capacity to ensure an unforgettable semester full of personal and language growth.

What would you improve about this program?
The proximity of CIEE apartments and certain homestays to the CIEE Study Center. Transportaion costs were high and traffic was awful on a daily basis.
106 people found this review helpful.
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Robert
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Coffee, Falafel, and Ancient Ruins

All I can say is, "PACK YOU BAGS!"

My time in Amman with CIEE was amazing. In class, my instructors demonstrated obvious expertise in their subjects, and their teaching styles kept every day as entertaining as it was informative. Outside of class, cooking and mosaic classes, tours of the city, and the trip to Wadi Rum and Petra with CIEE were all incredible.

Beyond CIEE events, Jordan is full of things to see and do. My classmates and I went to Wadi Mujib, the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Madaba, and Jerash. We also found tons of shops and restaurants all over Amman where we ate our bodyweight in hummus and falafel. Also, for all of you coffee and tea lovers, the cafes in Amman will not disappoint.

The local people, the culture, the food, and everything in between made for an unforgettable experience. You're going to love Jordan!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I tried fried lamb brain. I can't say I will ever want to eat it again, but I can at least check it off of my bucket list!
103 people found this review helpful.

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