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

Fields of study:

Intensive Arabic language, anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural studies, economics, history, international relations, literature, political science, religion


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; January-May


15 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Arabic Language (6 credits)
Colloquial Jordanian Arabic (3 credits)
Two area studies course (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 and three meals on weekends from their families and be responsible for daily lunches.  Students in the apartments are responsible for all of their meals.


3-credit internships available in fields such as community development, social welfare, and environmental protection


CIEE General Scholarship and Grant Information

Program Link:

CIEE: Amman Language and Culture