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Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Apartment
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Arabic, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Economics, International Relations, Internship, Political Science
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Arabic, English
Language Requirement:
3 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Internship Available:
Yes
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Specific Scholarships:
CIEE-PSU Scholarship
Program Description:
Bags of food for sale in Amman

Program Overview     


This program offers courses in Arabic language and focused courses on diplomacy, policy studies, and international relations in the Middle East. Students are required to take Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic. During the semester students must also take a required core course on dipolomacy and development in Jordan plus additional electives in a variety of topics. Field trips are also offered as part of this program including a touristic excursion to Wadi Rum and Petra. Information about the range of courses can be found on the CIEE website.

Amman has an ancient history and a diverse, vibrant modernity. It is an 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.

Please note, final acceptance decisions for this program must be made by the host institution/program director rather than by Penn State. You should expect to be notified of your final acceptance later than other students.

Countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning

In order to comply with Penn State's International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries with active U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings are required to submit a petition for a waiver to the Standing Advisory Committee on International Student Travel. This petition will be included in the online application process for this program. For more information regarding the travel warning, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.



To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.


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Education Abroad Credits


Student holding up rockYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.

Students must register for a minimum of 15 credits; students can register for a maximum of 18 credits.

CIEE’s partner institution for this program is the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID). Classes and activities will be held at CIEE’s main center and at the JID. Since its creation in 2002, the JID has had a mandate to “build the capacity of human resources through training and research in diplomacy, strategy, and international studies, and highlight the role of Arab Islamic civilization in international relations.” A main component of the JID’s mission is to contribute to the creation of a highly trained corps of diplomats capable of effectively representing Jordan and serving its interests abroad.


To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Amman Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad.  To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
 To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. 


Pre-requisites


Succesful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. 

  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
  • 3 or more semesters of college-level Arabic
  • Minimum of 2 courses beyond the introductory level (200 level and above) in international relations, government, political science, and/or Middle Eastern Studies. The required personal statement must demonstrate knowledge of the region and goals consistent with the program’s learning objectives.

Housing and Meals


Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live in an apartment with other CIEE participants. Apartments are funished. You will be responsible for providing your own meals. Homestays may be available but are limited. 

All CIEE housing options in Jordan require students to make adjustments to the host culture, including curfews, limits on guests, and decorum. Apartments have limits on visitors and quiet hours for safety purposes and deference to local norms. 


Program Costs


For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheets. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.


Financial Aid & Scholarships


Child with FlagPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.


CIEE-PSU Scholarships


CIEE has generously provided scholarships for specific programs. These funds are intended for students who, for financial reasons, may not otherwise be able to participate on a CIEE program.

 

Fall 2017


Scholarships for the fall 2017 will be issued for $5,000 per student, all students applying to CIEE programs are eligible but preference will be given to students applying to the programs listed.  There is no application for this scholarship, and the University Office of Global Programs will notify scholarship recipients via email.  Eligibility for theses scholarships vary, but students must study abroad in the determined semester and location, in addition to being a full-time degree seeking Penn State undergraduate student and establishing financial need.  Applicants must also be a United States citizen/permanent resident and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid.  Financial need is established via the FAFSA on file with Penn State.  Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be competitive.

CIEE: Amman, Arabic Language
CIEE: Amman, Diplomacy and Policy Studies
CIEE: Legon, Arts and Sciences
CIEE: Lisbon, Language and Culture
CIEE: Sao Paulo, Business and Culture
CIEE: Sao Paulo, Liberal Arts
CIEE: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies
CIEE: St. Petersburg, Russian Language

 

Spring 2018


Scholarships for the spring 2018 will be issued for $5,000 per student, all students applying to CIEE programs are eligible but preference will be given to students applying to the programs listed.  There is no application for this scholarship, and the University Office of Global Programs will notify scholarship recipients via email.  Eligibility for theses scholarships vary, but students must study abroad in the determined semester and location, in addition to being a full-time degree seeking Penn State undergraduate student and establishing financial need.  Applicants must also be a United States citizen/permanent resident and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid.  Financial need is established via the FAFSA on file with Penn State.  Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be competitive.

CIEE: Amman, Arabic Language
CIEE: Amman, Diplomacy and Policy Studies
CIEE: Legon, Arts and Sciences
CIEE: Lisbon, Language and Culture
CIEE: Sao Paulo, Business and Culture
CIEE: Sao Paulo, Liberal Arts
CIEE: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies
CIEE: St. Petersburg, Russian Language

Please contact your Education Abroad adviser for more information.


For More Information


For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.


For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.


How to Apply


If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with CIEE as a part of your Penn State application.



Studying Abroad with a Disability



Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.


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Schedule an Appointment
Academics
Cost & Funding
Health & Safety
Parents & Family
Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures 



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/15/2016
**
Rolling Admission 01/22/2017 05/12/2017
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2017 03/01/2017
03/15/2017 08/27/2017 12/22/2017
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students 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