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CIEE Jordan: Language & Culture in Amman

Language of Instruction: Arabic
Term: Spring, Fall

Experience Amman for a semester while studying Arabic language and culture


If you are eager to delve deeper into your Arabic language learning, consider attending the CIEE Jordan: Language and Culture Program. While there are no formalized language requirements to apply, it is strongly encouraged that you take 2-4 semesters of Arabic prior to departure. You can select to live with either a host family or in an apartment throughout your time abroad.


To further advance your language skills, you take both Modern Standard and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic. In addition, you take two courses that are in English either at the CIEE Study Center or at the local university, Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT). The CIEE Study Center offers a range of courses in fields such as: anthropology, history, economics, literature, religion, archaeology, environment, political science, and the media. PSUT provides courses in English focused on economics. Note that not all courses offered at PSUT transfer to Columbia for credit.

Program Features

You select to live in either a homestay or shared apartment with other CIEE students. Homestays are strongly encouraged to aid in Arabic language acquisition and intercultural communication and understanding. The academic program is supplemented with excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction:
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017