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Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Homestay
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Arabic, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Communications, History, Literature, Religious Studies
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Arabic
Language Requirement:
5 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
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 Specific Scholarships:
CIEE-PSU Scholarship
Program Description:
Amman market

Program Overview     


This program offers students the opportunity to take their Arabic language skills to the next level through language immersion. The program offers a wide variety of courses in Arabic language and culture, literature, religion, history, and communications. Students are required to take Advanced Modern Standard Arabic, Advanced Topics in Arabic Conversation, Arabic Writing and Research, plus one additional subject course. All courses are taught in Arabic. Field trips are also offered as part of this program including a mid-semester rural retreat in the Jordan Valley or the south of Jordan, where you’ll continue classes with your instructors and participate in service-learning activities in local communities. Additional information about the program 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.


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Education Abroad Credits


Student with host familyYou 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.


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


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

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • 3.3 GPA in Modern Standard Arabic
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
  • 4 semesters of college-level Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent
  • Ability to pass an on-site proficiency exam, which is not based on coverage of any particular Arabic textbook. Successful applicants have generally mastered the concepts covered in the al-Kitaab series through the second book or equivalent, and demonstrate oral proficiency at the intermediate mid- to intermediate-high level on the ACTFL scale.

Housing and Meals


Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live in a homestay. Students normally have breakfast and a main meal with the families during the week, and may have all meals with them on the weekend. Students are responsible for weekday lunches. 

All CIEE housing options in Jordan require students to make adjustments to the host culture, including curfews, limits on guests, and decorum. Housing has 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 or 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


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.


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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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 03/01/2016
03/15/2016 08/28/2016 12/16/2016
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016
03/15/2016 08/28/2016 05/12/2017
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
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 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017 03/15/2017 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