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Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies

Amman, Jordan

Note: The ACM Jordan program is only available to students from the 14 colleges in the ACM consortium.  Students from schools outside the ACM consortium should inquire directly through AMIDEAST.

From Greek and Roman times up to the present, Jordan has long been a crossroads, where multiple civilizations and cultures of ancient Europe, Asia, and the Middle East meet.  This diverse past is reflected in the city of Amman, where a Roman theatre is the most visible legacy of its existence as part of the Roman Empire—when Amman was called Philadelphia—and a citadel on Amman’s highest hill recalls its medieval past under the Umayyads.  Amman today is a cosmopolitan city, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a country deeply enmeshed in the international relations of the region which shares land borders with Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.  Under the leadership of King Abdullah II, as under his father King Hussein, Jordan maintains strong relations with not only its Arab neighbors, but also Israel and the West.

The fall ACM Jordan program, operated in partnership with AMIDEAST, is designed to provide students with the distinctive opportunity to study the complex issues which dominate the region, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic thought, ethnic and minority relations, Jordan’s experience during the Arab Spring, and much more.  The program begins in late August, with a week-long orientation once the students arrive in the capital city of Amman. Students then begin their classwork, where they have the opportunity to choose elective classes from a wide range of coursework in areas such as anthropology, Islamic art, economics, political science, religion, and sociology, along with a class relevant to the region that is taught by the visiting ACM faculty member.  All students will take Arabic language coursework, where they are placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency (prior study of Arabic is not required).  ACM students will also engage in an independent study project of their choosing or work with a community-based organization.

The program takes place in an environment which allows students to explore the vibrant Jordanian culture in a way that is not easily accessed by foreign visitors.  All students live with local Jordanian host families, a vital window into the local culture and its people.  They engage in experiential learning every day by haggling for goods in local shops, cooking meals, and frequenting local cafes with Jordanian friends.  While students spend their semester living in Amman, they have opportunities to engage in service learning and cross-cultural learning and connect with local organizations in this expansive, lively capital city.  In addition, organized excursions to locations such as Petra, Jerash, and the Dead Sea let students explore all that Jordan has to offer.

For more detailed information, please use the links located on the left-hand side of this page.

Quick Facts

  • Term: Fall semester
  • Language prerequisite: None
  • Language of instruction: English (plus Arabic language classes)
  • Living arrangements: Host family
  • Who can apply? Only students from ACM colleges

Application deadlines

Fall semester 2017

Final deadline: March 15, 2017

Fall semester 2018

Final deadline: March 15, 2018

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Program contacts

Emily Gaul
Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study Programs

11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5919

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Publications & Resources

ACM Jordan Program brochure

ACM Jordan Student Handbook

Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies

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Francesca Chubb-Confer The AMIDEAST Jordan program provided me with great opportunities to experience the language and culture of Jordan as well as neighboring Middle Eastern countries. I'll never forget sharing iftar with my homestay family during Ramadan, field trips to Petra and Wadi Rum, and endless cups of Arabic coffee! The program not only provided me with excellent Arabic instruction, but also solidified my personal and academic interests in the fields of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.

—Francesca Chubb-Confer, Jordan

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