Come to Amman and immerse yourself in Middle Eastern history, culture, politics, language study, and university life at CIEE’s partner school, Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), as well as at CIEE Amman. Select coursework across of range of academic areas, in English, along with Arabic language classes matched to your skill level. Meet individuals key to the social fabric of Jordanian society, including diplomats, government officials, members of the growing private sector, Jordanian students, and families. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
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
Students enjoy a number of excursions to Jordan’s archaeological, historical, and natural wonders which may include: exploring biblical Jordan; camping in the middle of the desert during an excursion to Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, and Petra, known as the Rose City; or, hiking in a Middle Eastern forest. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in an organized community service project in Amman.
CIEE partners with more than 25 institutions and organizations where students may participate in for-credit internships or volunteer opportunities.
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.
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. Volunteering can also serve as a not-for-credit internship.
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 all CIEE students to shadow PSUT students for a day and experience the campus life in Jordan.
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
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
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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.
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.
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.
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 priorto 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.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
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.
IMPORTANT: Both 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 travel.state.gov.
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.
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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:
Follow all CIEE program protocols and requirements, including travel restrictions
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
Document their in-country address and CIEE mobile contact information with the Ohio State international risk manager after arrival
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
The opportunity to be immersed in Middle Eastern culture.
** 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.