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Amman: Middle East Studies

Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan

Program sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Roman temple ruins in Amman with city view, Jordan
Roman temple ruins in Amman with city view, Jordan

CIEE Amman offers study abroad students a series of specially designed area-studies courses in fields such as 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, international organization, national 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.

Students also have the option of taking one course from a pre-approved selection at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT).

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Program Requirements

Eligibility

Open to students from all majors meeting Northwestern's minimum application requirements.

Language

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

Application

  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.

Housing

Students have the option of living with a Jordanian host family or in an apartment with other CIEE program participants. Homestay placements are made on the basis of compatibility between families and students, and in some cases a suitable homestay may not be available for every interested student. Students in homestays generally eat two meals a day with their families and most meals on the weekends, but are responsible for weekly lunches. Apartments have limits on visitors and quiet hours for safety purposes and deference to local norms. Students selecting the apartment option need to budget for all meals, as they are not included in the program fee. All CIEE housing options in Jordan require students to make adjustments to the host culture, including curfews, limits on guests, and decorum.


Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $25,930

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $20,250

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Additional meals: $1,800
  • Airfare: $1,350
  • Local transportation: $150
  • Books & supplies: $250
  • Personal expenses: $1,750
  • Visa: $188
  • GeoBlue: $192

Total: $5,680

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the CIEE website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated CIEE programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Deposit

After you are accepted to a CIEE program, you will be required to pay a participation confirmation directly to CIEE to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay this deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your CIEE program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • CIEE Participation Confirmation: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after CIEE has confirmed the payment.
  • CIEE Scholarships: Most CIEE scholarships will disburse to your CAESAR account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern, while others will be sent directly to you. It depends on the type of scholarship; contact CIEE directly to confirm how your scholarship will apply.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other CIEE Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from CIEE for your program's tuition, housing, or CIEE insurance. You may be responsible for obtaining your own student visa; refer to your program materials and contact CIEE directly if you have any questions.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, meal plans, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to CIEE.

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