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IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. CIEE will provide you with visa information.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees. The iNext card for evacuation purposes is also included in CIEE fees.
Offered through CIEE the Language & Culture in Amman program is an approved UW affiliate program. On this program you will take Arabic language courses (at all levels) and will also have the opportunity to take a number of elective courses in English in subjects such as media, archeology, economics, international relations, politics science, religion, and theology, all relating to Middle Eastern culture.
You will be working closely with both IAP and CIEE on this program. You can access the program pages through the CIEE website
to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.
As the capital, Amman is the largest city in Jordan with a population of approximately 3 million inhabitants and is the cultural and commercial center of the country. With a history that reaches back 5,000 years, Amman is renowned for its ancient ruins and traditional downtown souk (marketplace). Amman also has a modern side with American-style shopping malls, art galleries, theaters, and cinemas. This cosmopolitan city offers a safe, stable environment to study the Arabic language.
Getting to Your Program
Participants are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site.
A visa is required for U.S. citizens prior to departure. Participants must have a passport valid for six months after the end of the program.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Students also participate in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation. Meeting with students online, the Resident Director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving students time to ask any questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows students to connect with others in the group, reflect on what they want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help students understand more about the program and site, as well as their goals for the program, so that they arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward their goals.
The program begins with a mandatory three-day orientation, which introduces students to the academic program, fundamentals of intercultural communication, and practical information about living in Jordan. During orientation, students also take a mandatory Arabic pre-test to determine their appropriate level. Students are retested at the end of the term and will receive a copy of their results while on site. Orientation also includes a health and safety component conducted in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Amman. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
HousingStudents have the option of being placed in an Arabic-speaking homestay or living in an off-campus apartment with other program participants. Students in homestays are normally provided breakfast and dinner by their host family, with lunch on their own. During the weekend all meals are generally provided by the host family. Students who chose the apartment option are responsible for all meals. The cafeteria at the University of Jordan provides subsidized meals during the week. There are also inexpensive sandwich shops around the university.
Excursions and Activities
Students will have excursions to Jordan's archaeological, historical, and natural wonders, in addition to a choice of day trips to Jordan's archaeological sites, hiking in some of the nature reserves, and overnight trips to Petra or Wadi Rum. Trips vary between fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to travel around Jordan during weekends and school breaks. The Dead Sea is just a day trip away. Travel outside of Jordan requires completion of a travel form and review of potential safety and security concerns with the resident director.
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance is included in program fees. CIEE also includes the iNext card in their fees.
CIEE Resident Director and staff
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
I wanted to study abroad in the Middle East because I knew the only way to really learn and understand a people is to live among them. Coming to Jordan with CIEE gave me the opportunity to live in a Muslim society and learn about their culture and politics. I have also achieved real, daily progress in an extremely difficult language.
Read about current & past students' adventures.
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
CIEE Online Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.