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Language of Instruction: Arabic Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Housing Option: Apartment, Local host family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Communication, Comparative Studies, History, Humanities, Linguistics, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 5-Graduate 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 Program Features: Internship
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:

Advanced Arabic Language


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Program Overview

Take your Arabic skills to the next level in Amman, the most populous city of Jordan and the country’s economic, political, and cultural center. Those with advanced Arabic skills take a combination of language, history, and literature courses taught in Arabic at CIEE Amman. You can also make strides in language learning by volunteering at local schools in a rural community or Amman-based organizations that work with underserved communities. During the program, students agree to speak only Arabic to encourage language and cultural acquisition. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


to famous archaeological sites, or an overnight trip to the Rose-Red City of Petra.


in the middle of the desert while exploring the natural wonders of the region.


all in the the target language of Arabic.

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Excursions & Activities

  • Take part in a mid-semester rural retreat in the Jordan Valley or the south of Jordan, with a community engagement activities.
  • Visit Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders - all with Arabic-speaking guides.
  • Participate in weekly co-curricular activities to develop your Arabic Language skills and understanding of the culture.


  • Volunteering: “Adopt” an elementary school in a rural community, renovating the building while getting to know the children.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some Meals (for those in Homestays)
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One week orientation – an introduction to the culture of Jordan, 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.
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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The Arabic Language study abroad program in Amman, Jordan is designed for students who already have a solid foundation in Modern Standard Arabic and seek to attain proficiency in the language. In addition to advanced language instruction in MSA, students have equivalent instruction in Colloquial Jordanian Arabic. Elective classes in the target language emphasize different linguistic skill sets, such as reading comprehension, while offering a variety of subject matter. Students also receive training in cross-cultural communication to augment their advanced linguistic skills. Through this program, students develop a high level of proficiency in Arabic and a better understanding of important issues facing Jordan and the Middle East today.


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.


Students are housed in Arabic-speaking homestays. Families provide two meals per day during the week and three meals per day on weekends. Lunch is at the students' expense except during orientation and CIEE-sponsored trips.


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 

The Arabic Language program is designed to give students the opportunity to take a full load of courses taught in Arabic by combining intensive language study with area studies courses. Students are tested at the beginning of the program, and again at its conclusion, to document their language acquisition during their studies here. Final program eligibility and course placement are determined by the on-site placement exam. 

Students will take advanced modern standard Arabic, advanced topics in Arabic conversation, a one-credit course in intercultural communication and two electives in literature, history, media or business communication, taught in Arabic. 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. Student may either select courses from the pre-approved course list or seek course approval 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Course approval, either via the pre-approved course list or completion of the credit evaluation process, does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students must consult their program provider regarding course availability and talk with their Ohio State academic advisor to ensure that approved course options are appropriate given their degree requirements. All students should have multiple back-up courses approved. Canceling 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, undergraduate students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, graduate students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative Arabic GPA, completed Arabic 3105 or higher and 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 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 tuition, housing, most meals, optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, comprehensive orientation program, local transportation stipend, cultural activities, a field trip and immersion activities including language partners. Please note that the actual cost of the programs may vary slightly for students from different institutions.

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. For spring 2017, avoid travel to areas south of Amman (including Petra and Wadi Rum) until at least March 1 when the security environment can be reassessed
  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
Spring 2021 10/01/2020
Rolling Admission 01/16/2021 05/07/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/01/2021
Rolling Admission 08/24/2021 05/07/2022
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
Fall 2021 04/01/2021
Rolling Admission 08/24/2021 12/13/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/23/2022 05/13/2022
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