The Council on International Educational Exchange’s (CIEE) Middle East Studies program based in Amman allows students to learn their Arabic while taking Middle East Studies courses in English.   The coursework on the program is supplemented by field excursions to sites throughout Jordan, guest lecturers, and community involvement through internships or volunteer opportunities.   

“I am very happy in my decision to come to Amman. Just living in such a different culture and region for an extended period of time is challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. I constantly found myself questioning my own beliefs as I ran into new and contradicting cultural norms, and it was a nice time for self-reflection. On a daily basis I was intellectually curious in a way that have never experienced at Whitman, so that is a huge plus. Also, just learning such a new and difficult language is super fulfilling.” - Ben F. ‘18

Fields of study:

Intensive Arabic language, international relations, political science, economics, religion, and environmental studies.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); demonstrated interest in the Middle East and Arabic language through course work and statement of purpose.

Language Prerequisite:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, and Academic Year


September - December; late January - May


15 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Arabic Language (6 credits)
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (3 credits)
Two area studies courses (3 credits each) 
One area studies course and an internship (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 CIEE credit = 1 Whitman credit


With a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other program participants


Students in homestays will receive daily breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and most meals on weekends.  Students in the apartments are responsible for all of their meals.


3-credit internships available in a local or international development organization or business.


CIEE General Scholarship and Grant Information

Program Link:

CIEE: Amman Middle East Studies