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Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Housing Option: Apartment, Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Arts and Sciences, Communication, Comparative Studies, History, International Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Political Science, Sociology
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-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: Credit Evaluation Required Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Program Description:

Middle East Studies

AMMAN, JORDAN

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Program Overview

Since ancient time, the Middle East has always been active in the world landscape connecting East and West and is still relevant to the current world political landscape.

Here in Jordan, you will have the opportunity to study and learn the intricacies of the region's modern history and Jordan's role in regional politics as well as build your linguistic capabilities of the Arabic language; both Modern Standard and Colloquial. The CIEE program in Amman is dedicated to educate and expand your knowledge of the local language, history and culture. In addition to the academic curriculum, opportunities to practice Arabic and experience the local culture are an essential component of our program. This is in parallel with in-depth, on-the-ground understanding of Middle Eastern policies and politics as nowhere else in the world. In our program, you will personally meet individuals key to the web that makes up the social fabric of Jordanian society that include diplomats to government officials to members of the growing private sector, in addition to Jordanian students and families.

Unique Experiences

ELECT TO DO AN INTERNSHIP

at a local or international NGO or business

VISIT IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL

and natural sites in Jordan, such as Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, and a number of historical biblical sites

INTERACT WITH LOCAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

and improve your Arabic through a peer language assistant program and cultural activities

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Excursions & Activities

Enjoy a number of excursions to Jordan's archaeological, historical, and natural wonders. These are some of the possibilities that await you: explore biblical Jordan; camp in the middle of the desert during an excursion to Wadi Rum - also known as the Valley of the Moon and Petra - the Rose City; or hike in a Middle Eastern forest. You'll also have an opportunity to participate in an organized community service project


Internship

In the past, students have interned at Eco-Peace, the Collateral Repair Project, the Business Development Center, the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan, the Jesuit Refugee Service, and USAID. The experience of working at an internship combined with your studies in Jordan, will offer you unique insight to Jordanian social structure.

Volunteering
Give back to your host community while learning about Jordanian culture and people by volunteering. You could help to renovate and paint an elementary school in a nearby rural area hand-in-hand with the community. Or help Jordanians with their English language skills. Students have also found opportunities to engage with Amman-based organizations that work with underserved communities..

 

Interact

Through the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), CIEE students have the option to direct-enroll in a selection of PSUT courses, and engage with PSUT students by participating in cultural clubs, sports teams, and general activities organized with the student council. In addition, CIEE has introduced a shadowing program enabling CIEE students to shadow PSUT students, work on the PSUT campus for a day, etc.


What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week on-site 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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Why CIEE

  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included

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Program

The Middle East Studies program in Amman, Jordan is designed for students who have an interest in Jordan and the Middle East. Courses are offered at a traditional university setting in the areas of Arabic language, anthropology, history, economics, literature, religion, archaeology, environment, political science and the media. The program includes volunteer opportunities, excursions to Petra and Wadi Rum, archeological sites in northern Jordan and camping in a nature reserve.

Locations

Amman has a history that dates back at least 5,000 years. Despite the ancient ruins that dominate the downtown skyline, much of the city only dates back to the 1970s. Draped over several hills, Amman is a study in contrasts. A traditional downtown souk (marketplace) is a taxi ride away from massive, American-style shopping malls. 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. The city provides a safe and stable environment for students to learn about the region. 

Accommodations

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.
angerman.6@osu.edu 


Courses and 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.


Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA 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

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 travel.state.gov.


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 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.
 

Scholarships

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.
 

Information Sessions 

  • Check back for 2019-2020 information sessions here!


Notices

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 - simmons.541@osu.edu). 

Additional notices:  
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (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 an issuance or change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, 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.
 
 
 
 


Testimonial:
Testimonial:
The opportunity to be immersed in Middle Eastern culture. 
     — Spring, 2019 Participant
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019
03/15/2019 08/25/2019 05/15/2020
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
**
Rolling Admission 01/25/2020 05/15/2020
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/30/2020 05/15/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/30/2020 12/18/2020
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