Middle East Studies in Amman, Jordan (CIEE)

  • Location: Jordan - Amman
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Other Requirements: Demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic language through coursework and statement of purpose
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring, academic year
  • Official Website: Middle East Studies in Amman, Jordan (CIEE)

Program Dates:

Spring 2023: January 29  –  May 19

Fall 2023: August 27 – December 15

Where: Amman, Jordan

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.


CIEE’s Middle East Studies program offers study abroad students a series of specially designed area studies courses in economics, history, international relations, environment, literature, politics, regional diplomacy, and religion. All courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. One of these courses can be an internship at a local government agency, international organization, national organization, or business. Although there is no language prerequisite, all students are required to take both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman following an onsite placement exam.

Students also have the option to take one course from a pre-approved selection at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT).


2.75 G.PA., demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic language through coursework and statement of purpose. There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Housing & Student Life

Study Abroad students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE program participants. Homestay placements are made on the basis of compatibility between families and students, and in some cases a suitable homestay may not be available for every interested student. 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. Students in homestays generally eat two meals a day with their families and most meals on the weekends. Students selecting the apartment option need to budget for all meals, as they are not included in the program fee. For students planning to stay for the academic year, meals between the fall and spring semesters are not included in the program fee unless they continue to reside with their homestay family. All students are responsible for their lunches.

Visa & Immigration information

You must obtain a visa to study in Jordan and will work with CIEE on this process. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact the Jordanian consulate in your home country for visa requirements.

Fees & Costs

Students pay Allegheny tuition, double room, meal plan C (if choosing homestay option),  and an off campus study fee of $300. Allegheny financial aid, except work study/campus employment is applied to program costs. Tuition includes housing, international travel insurance (CIEE iNext), field trips, and transcript administration fees. Allegheny students do not have to pay the program deposit requested by CIEE. Estimated additional costs include: weekday lunches (or all meals if in apartment), CIEE application fee, books and supplies (approx. $250), international airfare & local transportation, visa fees, and personal expenses.

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Apply