AMMAN: AMIDEAST

Amman, Jordan

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Early September - Late December
  • Spring Semester - Early January - Mid May
  • Summer 1 Semester - Mid June - Mid August, Summer Intensive Arabic Program

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Students enrolled in AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Program in Amman will have opportunities to study all of these fascinating topics and more in a program based at AMIDEAST’s facilities in Amman’s Sweifieh district. AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program courses in Amman are taught by a select group of Jordanian professors from a variety of institutions in and around Amman. These lecturers possess a strong instructional experience in English-speaking environments. All faculty members have received post-graduate degrees from North American or European universities, or have spent considerable time at English-medium institutions as students, faculty members, visiting faculty or visiting researchers

Courses

Summer Program:

The Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Amman, Jordan offers Modern Standard Arabic in two 4-week sessions.

Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Each student will receive 80 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic in each session, covering the material usually covered in one semester on a U.S. campus. In addition, students receive 20 hours of instruction per session in Jordanian Arabic.

Students are given placement tests on arrival and placed in the level appropriate for their Arabic language proficiency.

The following levels are offered:
Beginning Modern Standard Arabic I
Beginning Modern Standard Arabic II
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I
Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II

All students are enrolled in one of the following as well:
Beginning Jordanian Arabic
Intermediate Jordanian Arabic
Advanced Jordanian Arabic

In order to receive 8 NU credits of Arabic immersion credit, students must enroll in both summer sessions for a total of 8 weeks. For more information on the intensive Jordanian summer program, please visit the website here: http://www.amideast.org/abroad/programs/jordan/intensive-arabic-amman-jordan-summer

Semester Program: All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian Arabic and select three other courses from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines.

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Host University

The Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic is the partner for AMIDEAST's Education Abroad Program in Amman.

The Qasid Institute has developed a reputation as one of the leading programs in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. Its comprehensive curriculum begins with the proper pronunciation of Arabic letters and continues through to a high degree of proficiency.
The word qasid is used to describe a path that is direct and smooth. This is the way the Qasid Institute believes the Arabic language should be taught. The term qasid is also used to describe an individual who strives forward with a direct, specific intention, and clearly defines the kind of student that Qasid attracts to its programs.
As the Qasid Institute’s reputation has grown, its programs have made it the program of choice in Amman for embassies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and U.S. colleges and universities seeking excellence in Arabic language instruction. In 2008 it hosted the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Summer Intensive Institute in Jordan; it will do so again in 2009. Though its programs are designed mainly for university-level students and busy professionals, Qasid students range in age from 15 to 65. They include embassy and consular officers, Fulbright researchers, full-time mothers, medical doctors, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship recipients, and Ivy League graduates.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  • Physically and emotionally prepared to spend four months in Jordan and are willing to adapt to a new, potentially challenging environment

Application Procedure

    • Online OISP application
    • AMIDEAST Application forms

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Official Transcript
    • Study Abroad Advisor Form
    • See OISP staff for more information.
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Jordan, Amman: AMIDEAST Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

 

Summer 1 2014: $10,295

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,195), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Jordan, Amman: AMIDEAST Intensive Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

 

Accommodations

Students enrolled in the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Amman, Jordan have a choice of living arrangements and meal plans:

  • Living with a Jordanian Family — students who select this option will live with a Jordanian family that has been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Jordan from a database of qualified applicants; families generally host two AMIDEAST students at a time. All host families are Arabic-speaking; English, however, is spoken in most of the homes. AMIDEAST matches students with host families using a variety of criteria. While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. In the event of a problem, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program staff members will be available either to mediate or to arrange a new host family placement. Students living with host families will be provided with all meals by their host families but may find that some days it is not possible to return to the family for lunch because of class schedules.
  • Living in a shared apartment with other students from the program. The apartments are carefully selected by AMIDEAST to be safe, comfortable and convenient to program facilities and public transportation. Students purchase or prepare meals on their own.

Destination

Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an ancient city facing distinct modern challenges, thus making it an exciting place to live and study. Built on seven hills, Amman has expanded in size and population from a quaint sleepy town at the close of World War II, to the bustling, multicultural metropolis it is today. At the heart of the city is the ancient Citadel containing ruins from many civilizations. It overlooks a well-preserved and restored Roman Amphitheater, today used for concerts and cultural events. Further afield in Jordan there are Roman ruins in Jerash and the spectacular Nabatean city of Petra in the south.

Jordan is deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region, sharing land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. It is one of only two Arab countries to have open borders with Israel, thus it remains a key player in Arab-Israeli affairs. Over the past several decades it has absorbed refugees from Palestine, Kuwaitis who left Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion in 1990 and most recently, Iraqi refugees. These new inhabitants have transformed Amman and brought new life to its local culture.
Under King Abdullah II and his father King Hussein, Jordan has made great strides in education, health care and economic reform while creating a distinctively Jordanian democratic structure. Nonetheless, Jordan faces many challenges that students can study and observe first hand — the effects of regional conflicts, social change, lack of natural resources, environmental concerns, and delivering on the promise of economic development to its citizens.