Carnegie Mellon University

Study Abroad in Jordan

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics is pleased to offer a unique one-month summer study abroad program in Amman, Jordan.

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics has partnered with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to offer a one-month study abroad program in Amman, Jordan.

About Amman, Jordan

Amman has an ancient history and a diverse, vibrant modernity. It is an accessible, cosmopolitan city with numerous museums, art galleries, and theaters, not to mention the delicious variety of Arabic food. With its reputation for security and hospitality, Amman is home to inhabitants from all over the Middle East. The city provides a safe and stable environment for students to learn about the region.

Program Dates: May 30 - June 30, 2024

Students will take two academic courses in Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and Jordanian spoken Arabic) and a content course on Intercultural Communication and Leadership, taught by CIEE instructors.

Students will gain volunteering experience and participate in a variety of activities, including conversation practice.

In addition to their academic experience, students will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular cultural activities such as: 

  • Classes on food, belly dancing, and calligraphy
  • Alternative walking tour of Jordan (includes dinner)
  • Jabal Al Lweibdeh walking tour (includes art)
  • Mosque visit or Jordan Museum visit
  • Trips to other sites such as: Biblical Jordan (Madaba, Mount Nibo, and the Dead Sea), Petra, and Wadi Rum

There are no prerequisites for this program.

Students may enroll in courses at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. They should consult with the program director to discuss placement and course selection. To ensure proper placement, students take a placement exam on their first day of class in Amman.

Total program cost: $6,500

Cost includes: Tuition, room and board, and required cultural activities and excursions. 

Not included: Airfare to and from Amman; incidental expenses of a personal nature. 

Visit our Payment Page to learn about payment options for LCAL study abroad programs.

Study Abroad Scholarships

The Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics, along with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers study abroad scholarships for students to study for a semester, full-year, or summer overseas. All LCAL declared majors, and Arabic Studies minors, are guaranteed a departmental scholarship if they are in good academic standing with CMU. Scholarships can be put towards tuition, room and board, airfare and/or book expenses when participating in any accredited study abroad program. Learn more about scholarships.


Students will stay in a homestay in Amman for the duration of the program. Homestays are either single or double occupancy, with breakfast and dinner provided during the week, and all three meals during the weekend.

Travel & Transportation

Students are responsible for their airfare to and from the airport in Amman. Transit between the airport and the program site in Amman, as well as transport to required excursions, is included in the program fee.

“This program was way beyond my comfort zone than I could’ve ever imagined, in the best way possible. Even though I’m Palestinian, I learned so much about my culture, language, and even myself. I’m beyond grateful to have been a part of this program. As challenging and exhausting it can get, the rewards are so worth it. You meet people on the way, try new food, and learn about things beyond imagination. I strongly recommend the CIEE x CMU program for those who always thought of taking the leap but were intimidated. Looking back at it now, I wouldn’t change a thing.” — Piadora El-Chanti