A semester- or year-long program designed for students interested in following one of three tracks in Amman, Jordan: Arabic language, Arabic language and culture, or diplomacy and policy studies. Students in the intensive Arabic or the language and culture track take courses in advanced modern standard Arabic, advanced topics in Arabic conversation, Arabic writing and research, and one subject course in literature, history, religion, or media at PSUT, the only private and nonprofit university in Jordan, known as a center of educational excellence—within the country and in the surrounding region. Students in the diplomacy and policy studies track take courses at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy. Enrollment in certain subject courses may require a higher level of proficiency in Arabic than others. Students will take a placement exam during orientation to determine which program they are eligible for. The city of Amman provides a safe environment for exploration and study. Students can live with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE students. There are volunteer options available to engage with the community, from helping others with English to volunteering at a women’s rights organization. Academic year students can participate in an internship with a non-governmental organization. Amman, the capital of Jordan with at least 5,000 years of history, is a fascinating city of contrasts—a unique blend of old and new, situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley.
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