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Amman: Middle East Studies

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Sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Location: Amman, Jordan


Offers a series of specially designed area-studies courses in economics, history, international relations, environment, literature, politics, regional diplomacy, and religion. Area studies courses provide an overview of issues relevant to Jordan and the broader Middle East region. One of these courses can be an internship at a local government agency, ministry, international organization, or business. Although there is no language prerequisite, all students are required to take both Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Important Note
This program is located in country under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning and operates with special permission under the university's travel policy.

Students enrolled in this program will be required to adhere to additional security measures and sign a release acknowledging the Travel Warning.

This program is subject to suspension or modification at any time. These matters will be discussed in more detail during advising appointments and pre-departure orientation.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete a CIEE application by the program's deadline

Languages: English, Arabic

Language Requirements: 

None; however, students are required to take an Arabic language course during the program.


Homestays (2 meals/day included) or apartments (self-catered)

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $25,630

Billed by Northwestern: $20,550

Estimated additional costs: $5,080

  • Additional meals: $1,600
  • Airfare: $1,200
  • Local transportation: $600
  • Books & supplies: $250
  • Personal expenses: $1,200
  • Visa: $60
  • GeoBlue: $170

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