This program provides an introduction to the cosmopolitan Middle Eastern capital of Amman. Students have the opportunity to study a range of courses in Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic, Religion, Political Science, and more. The program is run in two, four-week sessions; students may attend one or both sessions. Students can take one course per session, plus students have the opportunity to take Survival Colloquial Jordanian Arabic. The maximum number of credits in each session is four (4). 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.
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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You 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 3 credits; students can register for a maximum of 8 credits. The program is divided into two, four-week sessions. Students may go abroad for one or both sessions.
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.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
- 2.5 Cumulative GPA
- Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. Students will reside in homestays or apartments. Meals will be the responsibility of the students who choose to live in apartments. Students who live in homestays will have breakfast and dinner available (dinner is the main meal usually served in late afternoon).
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.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. 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
Penn 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 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.
Scholarships for the summer 2018 will be issued for $500 or $1,000 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.
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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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