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.   

“Overall, this program was life-changing. I can honestly say I view the world differently after living in Jordan. It was not always easy, but I learned to love the challenge. It also made me appreciate my own host culture more, as well as find an appreciation for Arab culture. Academically I also feel I have gone from knowing almost nothing about the Middle East to having a solid understanding of the region and its politics.” - Drew P. ‘14

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