Rock formations in the middle of the desert in Jordan

Study Abroad in Jordan

  1. Program Details

    Explore modern Amman while uncovering its ancient past. Focus your studies on intensive Arabic language or complete a for-credit internship while enrolling in Middle East studies coursework.

    Location Amman, Jordan
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Housing Apartment
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No language requisite for Internship track; Minimum 2 semesters college-level Arabic for Intensive Arabic track.
  2. About Study Abroad in Jordan

    The Study Abroad in Jordan program is based at The University of Jordan (UJ) in Amman, a large institution of over 35,000 students. The campus offers many resources, including access to the library, green spaces, and a running track. You’ll also receive a UJ student ID card, which will get you reduced fees at many of the city’s historical and archaeological sites.

    Conveniently situated, the CET Center is located within the University of Jordan's Office of International Relations building. This is where you will take your classes, meet with staff, use the wifi, or just hang out with peers.

    Travel Warning

    The US Department of State has issued a travel warning that affects this program. The Learning Abroad Center has obtained approval from the University of Minnesota's International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC) for the Study Abroad in Jordan program. Review the approval details.

    Housing & Meals

    You’ll share an off-campus apartment with local roommates and other US students from the CET program. The housing component is immersive, and tied to the curriculum and program as a whole. You’ll live in a family neighborhood with other college students, living like a local and using your language skills to help you navigate your new life. The presence of Jordanian families living in the building require respect of local norms both in and around the housing, much like a homestay. 

    Apartments are new, fully furnished, air-conditioned, and only a ten minute walk from campus. However, it is important to remain flexible and set realistic expectations as the standards in Jordan are different than in the US.

    Meals are not included, but cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, and the local market are within walking distance.

    Sharing an apartment with a Jordanian roommate is frequently cited by students as one of the best parts of the program. Jordanian roommates are selected from local Jordanian universities. All roommates agree to abide by the full-time language pledge if you are enrolled in the Intensive Arabic Language track.

    The program facilitates the roommate relationship. Jordanian roommates attend excursions, plan activities, and present a lecture series to their peers. Beyond this, the program steps out of the way to allow roommates to develop natural cross-cultural relationships that move beyond the host-guest paradigm.

    Excursions

    Each term, different activities that allow you to explore Amman, experience Jordanian culture, or just unwind with your friends.

    This program offers a variety of activities that allow you to explore Amman, including cooking classes, museum visits, shopping at the Friday flea market, concerts, and soccer matches.

    Excursions include visits to the Ajloun Castle, Umm Qais to view the Sea of Galilee, and a three-day retreat (for semester and year program only) to the Dead Sea, the Nabatean ruins at Petra, and the magnificent Wadi Rum valley.  

    Learning Outcomes

    • Augment your cross-cultural understanding through interaction with Jordanian students and community members
    • Experience Jordan and international perspectives on the world through direct contact with Jordanian nationals and other US students
    • Gain 1 full year of Arabic language instruction in an 8-week summer or 15-week semester program (Intensive Arabic Language track only)
    • Enhance your intentionality through independent, though supported, living and learning opportunities

    Students on the intensive language program sign a language pledge to speak only Arabic, providing the most immersive experience possible. Internship students sign a partial language pledge and also see language improvements throughout their time in Jordan.

    Faculty & Staff

    The Learning Abroad Center offers the Study Abroad in Jordan program in partnership with CET. CET and University of Jordan's Office of International Relations jointly provide a cultural and academic support upon arrival. CET (both in the US and on-site) offers academic advising and support services. The Learning Abroad Center staff and CET's US staff provide pre-departure and post-return support.

    The on-site staff consists of:

    An Academic Director who oversees the curriculum, manages the faculty, and monitors courses. Do you have particular learning needs? Do you need advice for keeping up with the class pace? The Academic Director will provide you with the support you need.

    Programming staff  who handle excursions, internships, and day-to-day logistics. They are also trained in emergency prevention and management. Have a question about your apartment? Need to see a doctor? Just want some advice on where to go? Programming staff are your best resource.

    Arabic language instructors who are seasoned teachers, hand-picked by CET from either the host university or other institutions. Since the program’s curriculum is flexible and unique to CET, all instructors undergo extensive training with the Academic Director before classes begin. The faculty who teach your content-based language courses also typically hold a PhD in their field and have experience teaching foreign students.

    Some of your classes also include academic partners. These are teachers-in-training who attend some classes and expose you to different accents and serve as partners for group work.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Study Abroad Center
    Program Level All levels of Arabic are available. Intensive Arabic Language track requires two semesters (or equivalent) of college-level Arabic language study.
    Courseload

    15–16 credits for fall or spring semester; 8 credits for summer session

    Students are required to maintain a minimum enrollment of 13 credits per semester or maintain the minimum credit enrollment determined by their study abroad program, whichever is greater.

    Prerequisites

    Semester/year

    • 3.0 GPA
    • sophomores and above

    Summer

    • 3.0 GPA
    • sophomores and above

    Program Tracks

    Semester/Year

    Intensive Arabic Language: complete 2 semesters of Arabic per semester

    Internship 

    Summer

    Summer Intensive Arabic Language: complete 2 semesters of Arabic during the summer session

    Summer Internship

    Coursework

    Course syllabi are available on the CET website.

    Semester or Academic-Year Programs

    • For the Intensive Arabic track, enroll in a MSA Arabic course, a Jordanian dialect course, plus two Middle East studies electives taught in Arabic for a total of 15-16 credits per semester.
    • For the Internship track, enroll in an internship course alongside your internship placement (10 hours/week), a MSA Arabic course, a Jordanian dialect course, plus one Middle East studies elective taught in English, for a total of 15-16 credits per semester.
    • Electives available in a variety of disciplines including humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

    Summer Program

    • For the Intensive Arabic track, enroll in a MSA Arabic course plus a Jordanian dialect course for a total of 8 credits per summer.
    • For the Internship track, enroll in an internship course alongside your internship placement (8 hours/week), a MSA Arabic course, a Jordanian dialect course, for a total of 8 credits.

    Global Identity

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3330
    Online, Optional
    1 Credit
    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals. There is an additional cost for this course.
  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Spring 2020 Jan 19, 2020  –  May 7, 2020 Nov 1, 2019
    Summer 2020 Jun 14, 2020  –  Aug 14, 2020 Mar 1, 2020
    Fall 2020 Sep 6, 2020  –  Dec 18, 2020 May 1, 2020
    Academic Year 2020-21 TBA (mid-May) May 1, 2020

    Note: University of Minnesota students must complete the Learning Abroad Center portion of their application by the above deadlines, even if CET's published deadlines are later.*If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials by the following business day.

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Summer 2019 Late November–early December Blegen Hall (Breakout room TBA)
  5. Fees for Study Abroad in Jordan

    Fall 2019

    Academic Year 2019-20

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates for term options
    Program Name Study Abroad in Jordan
    Track Name Intensive Arabic or Internship
    Country Jordan

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Complete

    Upon submitting the LAC's online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating you have opened an application.

    At this point, you will be assigned an application checklist to complete the remaining portion of your application. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are received.

    • Begin an application on CET's online application portal

      • Submit the Study Abroad Office Recommendation Request form at least two weeks before the application deadline
      • For the Faculty Recommendation, submit your request to Professor Katrien VanPee (kvanpee@umn.edu). An individual meeting is required. Allow up to two weeks for her meet with you to complete the form.

    This is a Learning Abroad Center (LAC) program offered in partnership with CET. You will complete application materials for both the Learning Abroad Center and CET. Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you on the respective online application portals.

    Next Steps

    1. When your LAC application is complete, you will receive an email message indicating your application is "under review" by LAC staff. The LAC will complete and submit the CET Study Abroad Office Recommendation Form to notify them that we have nominated* you for the program and allows CET to begin reviewing your application. The LAC does not make program acceptance decisions. 

                  *this means that you meet basic eligibility requirements for your program.

    1. CET will review your application and notify you of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation (post-acceptance) checklist of new tasks to complete by both the Learning Abroad Center and CET. Log in to both application portals to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items to confirm your participation in the program.

    You may not participate in this program until you have submitted all of your confirmation checklist items to the Learning Abroad Center.

    If you decide not to continue with the application process, please be advised of our Cancellation Policy, and notify the Learning Abroad Center by submitting a Cancel Request in the application system, or by email.

  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Thuy Doan or call at 612.626.8686.

  8. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.
    • Joshua Opatz—Global Studies and Asian Languages & Literatures (Arabic) major, Summer 2018
    • Lensa Ali—Physiology major, Spring 2017 
    • Emily Daniel—Aerospace Engineering and Math major,  Asian Languages & Literatures minor, Summer 2016 
    • Amanda Feddema—Political Science major,  Mass Communication minor, Spring 2016