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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Arabic Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Apartment, Local host family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Comparative Studies, Humanities, International Studies, Linguistics, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Arabic, Credit Evaluation Required Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:

Summer Arabic Language


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Program Overview

Put your learning of Arabic on fast-forward in the heart of Amman's traditional Eastern district. In a city where spectacular Roman ruins share the landscape with Westernized districts dotted with cafes and galleries, you'll build on coursework by conversing in homes, workplaces, and among new friends, increasing your understanding of Jordanian society day by day. 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.

Unique Experiences


and Wadi Rum, world-famous archaeological and cultural treasures.


with a visit to awesome sites like the Roman Theatre.


tasty Middle Eastern dishes like 'Magloubeh' and other local specialties.

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Excursions & Activities

  • Deepen your understanding of Jordanian cultural with visits to museums, archeological treasures, and cultural sites.
  • Explore beyond the city with a one-day trips to noted historical sites, such as Madaba, famous for its Byzantine-era churches.
  • Travel overnight to Petra – an ancient city elaborately carved from stony cliffs – and Wadi Rum, where ancient inscriptions are tucked among spectacular arid arches, cliffs, caverns, and gorges.
  • Learn and unwind with films, concerts, conferences, and many more local activities.

Language Immersion

  • As you gain proficiency in Arabic, you'll be encouraged to practice in everyday settings – getting coffee, visiting a market, meeting locals.
  • Converse with Peer Language Assistants, Jordanian students eager to help you practice your skills.
  • Opt to live with a host family for additional opportunities to build your confidence.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Jordanian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


Our highly experienced staff have extensive knowledge of all CIEE programs and services. If you are a student with questions about completing your application, or you want to sign up to receive program updates and news, our staff are happy to help.

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Through CIEE, Ohio State students interested in developing a solid foundation in Arabic will spend eight weeks studying Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Jordanian in an immersion environment. 


Amman has a history that reaches back at least 5,000 years. It is a very accessible, cosmopolitan city with numerous museums, art galleries, theaters and cinemas. With its reputation for security and hospitality, Amman is home to inhabitants from all over the Middle East.


Participants live with other CIEE students in local apartments.


Ohio State Program Contact

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 

Courses and Credits 

All students take modern standard Arabic and Jordanian colloquial Arabic. Students with no background in Arabic are automatically enrolled in Beginning 1. All other students are assigned based on the results of a placement exam taken upon arrival. See CIEE for course listings and descriptions. All returning students will take a language placement exam through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures to verify the appropriate language credits.

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved via the credit evaluation process (non-language courses only); students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher, must not have completed Arabic 4106 or higher, and must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. CIEE application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  


Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to

Program Costs

Students will pay the CIEE program fee and the GeoBlue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on a university-approved, third-party provider or direct enroll program is in effect until June 30, 2021. The CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, tuition, housing, local transportation stipend, orientation, cultural activities, a field trip, host institution identity card, comprehensive student handbook, pre-departure advising and a CIEE iNext travel card.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Please review CIEE's scholarship page for additional funding opportunities. 


Information Sessions

  • Check back for 2019-2020 information sessions here!


U.S. Department of State information: 
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued a Travel Warning for Jordan - 
Per university protocol, this program has been reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee (ITPC) and received approval to continue as an Ohio State approved program.
As part of the admission process for the program all students will be required to complete and sign an Individual Student Participating in an ITPC Program Petition.  
Details that factored into the ITPC approval include: 
  • The current Travel Warning does not contain specific language advising to defer travel or depart the country.
  • The CIEE program center is located in Amman, an area that is not specifically cited as restricted.
  • The CIEE program has established protocol for student travel outside of Amman, including restrictions on travel to areas mentioned in the current warning
  • The CIEE program has an in-country staff with established emergency protocols, evacuation plans and academic continuity plans
  •  All students are required to live in CIEE assigned housing and are provided local mobile phones for emergency messaging capabilities.
Ohio State students completing the ITPC petition for travel to the program must adhere to the following stipulations: 
  1. Read the DOS travel warning, the DOS country information page and enroll in the DOS Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
  2. Follow all CIEE program protocols and requirements, including travel restrictions
  3. Current restriction of ravel to areas south of Amman (including Petra and Wadi Rum) 
  4. Document their in-country address and CIEE mobile contact information with the Ohio State international risk manager after arrival
  5. Report any non-program travel excursions outside of Amman to CIEE as required and Ohio State international risk manager
The ITPC approval and stipulations of travel will be reviewed upon the issuance of an updated travel warning or other security information.  Changes to the approval, including cancellation, and adjustments to the outlined stipulations can be made at any time, including during the time students are abroad on the program.  Any questions about the ITPC approval can be addressed to the OIA Program Coordinator or the international risk manager (Dru Simmons - 

Additional notices:  
U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021
Rolling Admission 05/30/2021 07/24/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.