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CIEE: Amman, Language and Culture
Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
View program dates and deadlines
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Apartment, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Arabic, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Communications, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Internship, Literature, Middle East Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Arabic, English
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Yes
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
Students hiking in Jordan

Program Overview     


Student visiting Petra, JordanThis program offers a wide variety of courses in Arabic language, anthropology, archaeology, art history, culture, economics, environmental studies, history, literature, media, political science, and religion.

Students are required to take two Arabic language courses, one Modern Standard and one Colloquial Jordanian Arabic course, plus 2 additional courses of your choice (all taught in English). Students spending the academic year abroad also have the option of completing an internship during the spring semester. Field trips are also offered as part of this program and may include exploring biblical Jordan, camping in a Bedouin tent in the middle of the desert, or hiking in a Middle Eastern forest. 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.

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


Program Quicklinks     


Course Offerings
Pre-Requisites
Housing and Meals
Program Costs
Financial Aid & Scholarships
More Information
How to Apply
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Education Abroad Credits


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 register for 15 credits; the maximum number of credits for which students can enroll is 18.


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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Pre-requisites


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

  • 2.75 Cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
  • Demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic Language through coursework and statement of purpose

Housing and Meals


Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live either in a homestay, where some meals may be provided, or in an apartment with other CIEE participants, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.

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 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


Amman, Jordan desertPenn 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.


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 GeoBlogs 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.


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Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures 



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/25/2015 05/15/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 08/30/2015 12/18/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission 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