Arabic Language & Area Studies Program

(Semester/Academic Year)


This semester long, intensive course of study is a time- and cost-efficient way for intermediate and advanced students of Arabic to take their language skills to the next level. Participants are exposed to the living language in a variety of settings, all of which are designed to maximize results and confidence in speaking:

  • High quality, results-oriented instruction that emphasizes spoken communication over complex grammatical structures
  • Immersive housing options such as host families and student dormitories
  • Structured activities, workshops and cultural education
  • Volunteering and internship opportunities
  • Excursions to fascinating historical sites and tourist destinations around Jordan such as the Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum,
    Jerash, Ajloun, Desert Castles, the Dana and Al-Azraq Nature Preserves, and more

Academic Information

Students in Al-Mashriq’s Area Studies Program carry a 16 credit hour course load per semester. In most cases, intermediate-advanced students will complete one or more standard language courses followed by 2-3 advanced content courses on various subjects. All courses are taught entirely in Arabic, combining spoken Levantine Arabic with MSA in a way that reflects the use of the language by educated native speakers. Depending on students’ levels and preferences, topics covered during the program may include:

  • Jordanian Society & Culture
  • Media Arabic
  • Arabic Literature
  • Refugees in Jordan
  • Grammar & Writing
  • Political Science
  • Religion
  • Middle Eastern History

Click below for detailed descriptions of the main advanced subjects offered through Al-Mashriq’s Area Studies Program.

Course Name Course Number Contact Hours Credit Hours
Grammar & Writing Arabic 4a 60 4
Arabic of the Media Arabic 4b 60 4
Jordanian Society & Culture Arabic 4c 60 4
Modern Arabic Literature Arabic 4d 60 4

Program Dates & Fees

Fall 2016 Intensive Language & Area Studies Programs

Cost Per Student
Credit Hours
August 14 - December 19, 2016

Spring 2017 Intensive Language & Area Studies Program

Cost Per Student
Credit Hours
January 3 - May 11, 2017

NOTE: Program fees are not comprehensive. For a detailed breakdown of the cost of attendance, please see here.

A Note on Language Immersion and Student Initiative

Living in Amman and going about daily life in Jordan is in itself a great learning experience. We pride ourselves on providing students with the linguistic tools they need to navigate real life situations, solve problems and become proactive in their own learning process. Generally, structured activities are “front-loaded” during the early part of the semester, after which point students are encouraged to take initiative in their own progress by planning independent exploration and creating organic relationships with local native speakers.

Students who benefit the most from study abroad are those who take responsibility for their own development on a daily basis.

Apply Today to Learn More

Interested in spending a semester abroad in Jordan? Fill out our non-binding application today and find out how.