Improve upon or launch your Arabic language skills while engaging in topics related to Arabic culture, politics and religion in Amman – one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – while experiencing the renowned Jordanian hospitality and bustling markets (souqs). Students study at the CET Academic Center in the Sweifieh neighborhood of Amman. The Amman Study Abroad program, offered in both fall and spring semesters, is suited for students interested in Middle East and North Africa Studies, International Relations, Religion, Anthropology, Arabic, and Muslim Studies. The program carries no prior language requirement and students may begin study of Arabic while completing elective classes taught in English.
Requirements & Considerations
- All students must enroll according to, and remain in compliance with, the Boston University Study Abroad Course Load Policy.
- Some courses carry prerequisites
- Admissions requirements for all programs
- Students must also meet eligibility requirements for CET Academic Programs:
- Per CET Admissions policy, 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may require additional documentation)
- No prior language study is required. Open to students of any Arabic level, including absolute beginners
Please note that a minimum enrollment is necessary for an CET Academic Programs course to be offered for the semester, and availability is subject to change. All courses are taught by local faculty.
Students are placed into one 6-credit Modern Standard Arabic course and one 3-credit Jordanian Dialect course.
Required Course List
Modern Standard Arabic
- Novice Modern Standard Arabic
- Novice High Modern Standard Arabic
- Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic
- Intermediate High Modern Standard Arabic
- Advanced Modern Standard Arabic
- Advanced High Modern Standard Arabic
- Novice Low Jordanian Dialect
- Novice Jordanian Dialect
- Novice High Jordanian Dialect
- Intermediate Jordanian Dialect
- Advanced Levantine Dialect
Students choose two to three 3-credit electives to meet the recommended 15 to 18 total credits from the following list:
Elective Course List
Language Learning Electives
- Living Language: Jordanian Dialect in Popular Culture
- Living Language: Modern Standard Arabic in Practice
Arabic Content Courses
- Modern History of Conflict in the Middle East: Influences on the Arab Spring
- Current Issues in Arabic Media
- Jordanian Society
- Arab & Islamic Culture and Economics in the Middle East (also taught in English)
- Trappings of Legitimacy: Political Parties and Religious Rhetoric
- Culture, Politics, and Religion in Arab Theater (also taught in English)
- Islamic Shar’ia: Qur’an, Hadith, and the ‘Ulama
- Marginalization & Discrimination in the Arab World: Changing Perspectives
English Content Courses
- Art of Translation
- Arab & Islamic Culture and Economics in the Middle East (also taught in Arabic)
- Refugees, Forced Migration, and Integration in Jordan
- Culture, Politics, and Religion in Arab Theater (also taught in Arabic)
- Ideology vs. Faith: Roots of Religious Conflict
- The United States in the Arab World
- Internship Bridging Theory and Practice
- Directed Research
Housing & Student Services
- Students will live in shared rooms in apartments, with 3-4 people per apartment.
- Rooms and apartments include a bed for each student along with basic furnishing and TV with satellite.
- A meal plan is not included; however, students have access to an equipped kitchenette (including pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cups and glasses).
- Apartments include bed and bath linens, washing machine, and laundry drying rack. Students should plan to bring or acquire onsite any additional bath towels.
- All residences are equipped with Wi-Fi, central A/C, and heat.
- Fall Semester: early-September to mid-December
- Spring Semester: late-January to early-May
This program follows rolling admissions and may fill before the official deadline.
- Applications Open December 15
- Applications Deadline March 15
- Applications Open June 1
- Applications Deadline October 1
Please note: Non-U.S. citizens must contact BU Study Abroad prior to submitting an application
This program is rolling admissions; applications are reviewed once all application materials are received, prior to all deadlines. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received by the BU Study Abroad office. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible as some programs and internship tracks have limited space and may fill up before the deadline. Submitting a complete application prior to the application deadline, does not guarantee acceptance. Students will be emailed an admissions decision within three weeks of a completed application.
Information for BU Students Awaiting an Admissions Decision and exceptions to the standard admission calendar for all students can be found here.
Cost & Financial Considerations
- 2023/2024 Tuition & Fees: $25,915
- Cost includes tuition, housing, program related activities, administrative fee, overseas medical insurance and emergency evacuation coverage.
- Estimated program budget, including cost of living expenses.
- Grants and Scholarships available