About the Location
Jordan is located in the heart of the Middle East, bordering Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the West Bank. Jordan is home to some 6.4 million people. The capital city of Amman has a history that dates back at least 5,000 years. 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.
Created in 2002, the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID) 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. 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. As most of the students at JID are working government officials and diplomats in training, CIEE students are expected to act in a professional manner at all times while at the JID.
Students complete a ten-week practicum with a local or international development organization as part of the required core class, Jordan: A Case Study in Diplomacy and Development.
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.
Students who are not qualified for the Diplomacy and Policy Studies program may want to consider the Language and Culture program. Students with a very advanced level of Arabic (five semesters of Modern Standard Arabic) who are more focused on intensive language instruction may consider enrolling in the intensive Arabic language program.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
To see course listings for this semester program, click here.
A list of courses to be used as a guide for Elon course equivalents from this program is available in the GEC in Carlton 113.
General Program Dates
Fall program – late August to mid-December
Spring semester – mid-January to mid-May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.
Students who are interested in studying Arabic in Amman may be eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship. For more information on the Boren Scholarship, click here.
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.
Students have access to computers at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy and at the Student Center located in the same building as the CIEE Study Center. Internet cafés are also a convenient and inexpensive option. Students are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the deadline and events calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
Click here for the semester and summer programs pre-departure orientation schedule.
Additional Information and Links
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Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Jordanian Embassy in D.C.
U.S. Embassy in Amman