Summer & Winter Intensive Language Programs

(9 Weeks / 4 Weeks)


These short intensive courses are offered in between semesters to allow students to learn Arabic abroad without interfering with their normal academic schedules. Just a few short weeks in Jordan will not only improve your skills drastically, they can also help you free up time in your schedule next semester, catch up if you've fallen behind, or skip a full year ahead in your language studies.

An intensive course of study is the most time- and cost-efficient way for any students of Arabic to take their language skills to the next level. While enrolled in these programs, 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 these Intensive Language Programs carry a 4 credit hour course load per session (4 weeks). 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.


  • Summer = 9 weeks = 8 credit hours = 1 full year of study at the university level
  • Winter = 4 weeks = 4 credit hours = 1 semester of study at the university level

Most students who enroll for short periods of time place into Arabic 1, 2 or 3. Click below for detailed descriptions of the standard language courses that are most prominent in Al-Mashriq's Summer & Winter Intensive Language Programs.

Course Name Course Number Hours in Classroom Credit Hours
Elementary Arabic I Arabic 1a 80 4
Elementary Arabic II Arabic 1b 80 4
Levantine Arabic Arabic 1L 80 4
Intermediate Arabic I Arabic 2a 80 4
Intermediate Arabic II Arabic 2b 80 4
Advanced Arabic I Arabic 3a 80 4
Advanced Arabic II Arabic 3b 80 4

Depending on proficiency level, advanced students may have the option to enroll in one or more advanced subject during the summer or winter sessions. Click below for detailed descriptions of these advanced courses.

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

Winter 2017 Intensive Language Session

Cost Per Student
Credit Hours
January 3 - January 24, 2017

Summer 2017 Intensive Language & Area Studies Program

During the summer, students have the option of enrolling for a single session (4 weeks) or the full summer quarter (9 weeks).
The full summer is the equivalent of one year of language study at the university level, and each session equates to one semester.

Cost Per Student
Credit Hours
May 28 - June 22, 2017 (4-Week Session)
July 2 - July 27, 2017 (4-Week Session)
May 28 - July 27, 2017 (8-Week Quarter)

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 month or two abroad in Jordan? Fill out our non-binding application today and find out how.