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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall Back-Up, Full Year, Split Year Spring, SpltYr Spring BackUp, Spring, Spring Back-Up
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Budget
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: Yes
Language(s): Arabic Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Language Program
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Homestay, Student Residence
Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support) Application Deadlines: February, October
OGE Advisor: Danielle Scugoza Engagement Opportunities: Buddy/Peer Program, Service: Non-Credit
Program Description:

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Advanced Arabic Language (CIEE)

Amman, Jordan



  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall
  • 3.3 GPA in Modern Standard Arabic courses
  • Four semesters of college-level Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent
  • Students must test into intermediate-mid to intermediate-high level on the ACTFL scale.*
In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the CIEE application by the OGE deadline.

*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with your OGE Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options. Students failing to place into intermediate mid- to intermediate-high level on the ACTFL scale will have one more opportunity to re-take the placement exam. Those who do not test into intermediate mid- to intermediate-high level on the ACTFL scale must enroll in the CIEE Middle East Studies program.

About the Program

CIEE’s Advanced Arabic Language program in Amman will improve your Arabic proficiency. Jordanian professors work with students on reading, writing, oral production, and comprehension so that students can take courses like history and religion in Arabic. Students must sign a language pledge to only speak Arabic during the program. Homestays or Arabic-only apartments, peer language assistants, excursions, and volunteer opportunities all contribute to a student’s ability to develop their Arabic skills to new levels. A mid-semester rural retreat is a highlight of the program.


CIEE’s Advanced Arabic language program is located in Amman, Jordan, a city with 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 and improve their language skills. Classes are held at the CIEE center.

Academic Calendar

  • Full year: late August to mid-May
  • Fall: late August to mid-December
  • Spring: late January to mid-May

Fields of Study

Language of instruction is Arabic.

Fields of study include: Arabic, History, Literature, Religion/Theology

Check the CIEE syllabi website for more information on courses.


You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.

A full courseload for this program is: 16 credits (3 required Arabic courses and 1 elective)

The minimum passing grade for this program is: C 

You are required to live in program housing.

You have two housing options:
  • Student residences: self-catered, apartment-style living with single or twin bedrooms and shared kitchens, living and bathroom facilities; no meals are included. 
  • Homestays (based on compatibility): You receive two meals per day; lunch not included. Homestays may have curfews, or other guidelines for safety purposes and deference to local norms.

Program Budget

Advanced Arabic Language in Amman, Jordan (CIEE) Program Budget 


We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

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Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/12/2019 TBA TBA