Carnegie Mellon University

Study Abroad in Jordan

The Department of Modern Languages is pleased to offer a unique 1-month summer study abroad program in Amman, Jordan

The Department of Modern Languages has partnered with CIEE, Inc. to offer a 33-day, 32-night study abroad program in Amman, Jordan from May 24, 2023 - June 25, 2023.

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.

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.

In addition, students will gain volunteering experience and participate in regular "conversations-for-learning" sessions. 

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
  • Two day trips: one to the North, and one to Biblical Jordan (Madaba, Mount Nibo, and the Dead Sea)
  • An overnight excursion to Petra and Wadi Rum for (2) two nights

There are no prerequisites for this program.

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

The total program cost is $5,250. Fees include tuition, room and board, and required cultural activities and excursions. 

Not covered: transportation costs to Amman and back; incidental expenses of a personal nature. 

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

For current fees, program dates and deadlines, please contact Dr. Khaled Al Masaeed.

Study Abroad Scholarships

The Department of Modern Languages, 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. 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 28 nights. Homestays are either single or double occupancy, with breakfast and dinner provided during the week, and all three meals during the weekend.

Travel & Transportation

Group Airport Transfer is provided upon arrival and departure. Transportation is provided for program components including cultural activities and visits, day trips, and the overnight excursion.

“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