CIEE-Amman: Arabic Language

Program Details

Program Location Amman, Jordan
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31028
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/25/24 to 07/26/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CIEE-Amman: Arabic Language

Amman Jordan city view

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, students will 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, students will get a complete Middle Eastern experience in this unforgettable summer.

Despite its famous ruins, the capital of Jordan has plenty of cosmopolitan character. One minute you’re atop the highest of Amman’s seven foremost hills, where the ancient Citadel gives spectacular views all around – and a fascinating look back to Bronze Age. Later the same day, you’re window shopping on trendy Rainbow Street after a tasty meal at a restaurant with sidewalk tables. Wherever you are, you’ll see why Amman has a well-earned reputation for hospitality. 

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


CIEE-Amman: Arabic Language

An Amman street market

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

This eight-week summer program allows students to advance their Arabic language skills while immersing themselves in Jordanian culture. All students are required to take both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, following an on-site placement exam during orientation. Language courses are taught by experienced CIEE Amman language instructors.


In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings as well as other activities and excursions.

Potential excursions and activities may include:

  • Deepening your understanding of Jordanian culture with visits to museums, archeological treasures, and cultural sites.
  • Exploring beyond the city with a one-day trip to noted historical sites, such as Madaba, famous for its Byzantine-era churches.
  • Traveling overnight to Petra — an ancient city elaborately carved from the stony cliffs —and Wadi Rum, where ancient inscriptions are tucked among spectacular arid arches, cliffs, caverns, and gorges.


Participants live with other CIEE students in local apartments or with a host family. Students living with a host family eat two meals per day and most meals on weekends with their host families.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition, orientation, excursions, and on-site orientation.

The housing fee includes self-catered accommodations in an apartment *or* placement with host family, which will include most meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2024

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $7,233.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,820.00
Insurance $197.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $900.00
Visa $60.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $840.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $225.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

CIEE-Amman: Arabic Language

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email