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CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies Program in Amman, Jordan
Amman, Jordan
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
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Areas of Study: Economics, Political Science Academic Level: Sophomore
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Housing Options: Apartment
Program Description:

With agility and skilled diplomacy, Jordan has charted a course through some of modern history’s most infamous hornet’s nests. That achievement has made Jordan a stabling force in the region and makes it an ideal setting to improve your Arabic while taking focused look at diplomacy, policy studies, and international affairs in the Middle East.

Enroll in intensive Arabic language training; enjoy coursework taught by professors and professionals at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy; and take part in an internships with local government ministries, agencies and international organizations. Studying abroad in Amman offers you unparalleled insight into Middle Eastern diplomacy and a truly unique intercultural experience.

Study abroad in Jordan and you will:
  • Study international relations, political science, and economics with a Middle Eastern and Jordanian focus
  • Engage with local experts, government officials, and diplomats through special cooperation with the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID)
  • Improve your Arabic language skills through coursework in both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
  • Partake in an optional internship at a local or international development organization
The CIEE Difference


In addition to required courses in Modern Standard Arabic, Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, and a seminar on the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, choose from a number of electives on: international relations; domestic policies; gender and politics; regional conflict management; and economic and social development.


You have the option to partake in a for-credit, pre-screened internship with a government agency, or local or international development organization. Drawing on your experience throughout the semester you’ll complete a final research paper that uses their experience at the organization to make inferences about issues in the region.


The academic program is supplemented with special guest lectures by government officials, diplomats, and local experts. In addition, CIEE coordinates a series of local field trips, cultural activities, and one overnight excursion to Petra. Resident Staff keep students up-to-date on local cultural events such as conferences, films, and concerts.


Total recommended credit for the semester is 16 semester/24 quarter hours. This program may be combined with an additional semester on the Language and Culture or Arabic Language program for a full academic year in Jordan.

Course contact hours are 42 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Requirements

All study abroad students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic courses at the appropriate level. They are also required to take the CIEE core course, Jordan: A Case Study in Diplomacy and Development.. In addition to the required courses, all students choose two additional elective courses.

About Amman

Amman has a history that reaches back at least 5,000 years. Despite the ancient ruins that dominate the downtown skyline, much of the city only dates back to the 1970s. Draped over several hills, Amman is a study in contrasts. A traditional downtown souk (marketplace) is a taxi ride away from massive, American-style shopping malls. It is a very 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.

Where You’ll Study

Since its creation in 2002, the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID) has been an administratively and financially independent legal identity with a mandate to “build the capacity of human resources through training and research in diplomacy, strategy, and international studies, and highlight the role of Arab Islamic civilization in international relations.” A main component of the JID’s mission is to contribute to the creation of a highly trained corps of diplomats capable of representing Jordan and serving its interests abroad effectively.

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. All students live in CIEE-managed apartments in Amman. Apartments are furnished and have basic amenities. Students are required to abide by local cultural norms and follow CIEE policies regarding behavior carefully.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the individual student. Students may prepare meals in their apartments or eat at local restaurants and cafes. Some group meals will be provided during orientation and on some CIEE-sponsored excursions.

Academic Program

The CIEE Diplomacy and Policy Studies study abroad program combines focused coursework in regional politics, diplomacy, and government with training in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic. All students are required to enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic at the appropriate level. They are also required to take the CIEE core course, Jordan: A Case Study in Diplomacy and Development. In addition, students choose two elective courses. One of these electives is a semester-length internship at a local government agency, ministry, or international organization.

Academic Culture

The Jordan Institute of Diplomacy is a specialized academic institution and training facility for diplomats and government officials. Unlike a regular university campus, JID is designed as more of a research and training institute. As most of the students at JID are working government officials and diplomats in training, CIEE study abroad students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times while at the JID. CIEE courses are typically seminar style, allowing for dialogue and discussion between the professor and students. Many of the professors that teach CIEE courses have either received degrees in the United States or United Kingdom or have participated in fellowships abroad and are thus familiar with Western methods of teaching.

CIEE draws its language faculty from the University of Jordan to provide students a comprehensive curriculum focusing on four skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. Grammar is taught within these four skills. CIEE students have access to special Arabic tutoring sessions and weekly colloquial practice sessions.

Students also have regular instruction in colloquial Jordanian Arabic in order to enhance their communication skills. The Modern Standard Arabic courses utilize the standard curriculum and text books used by most U.S. universities and colleges. Students with more than 5 semesters of Arabic may find some of the language course material repetitive and should review course syllabi with their advisors in advance.

This program is currently not accepting applications.