At a Glance
Location: Amman, Jordan
Program Length: 8 weeks
Arrive on: June 8, 2019
Depart on: August 7, 2019
Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing.
Number of credits: 15 credits
Georgetown’s summer program in Amman, Jordan is designed to accelerate your knowledge and proficiency of standard Arabic in an intensive and immersive environment. Over nine weeks in Amman, you’ll take classes at the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic, one of the leading programs in the Middle East for Arabic language learning. Classes will take place every morning, while afternoons will be dedicated to informal sessions with language partners and for colloquial Arabic language classes. Through work with your language partner, in addition to staying with a local Jordanian family, not only will your Arabic language skills improve, but you will gain extensive insight into culture and society of Jordan and the Arab world.
Georgetown Faculty Director: Prof. Ghayda Al-Ali (Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies) and Huda Al-Mufti (Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies)
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive 15 GU undergraduate credits. Students will enroll in two of the following 6 credit courses and one of the following 3 credit course, depending on language level:
- ARAB-011-62: Intensive 1st Level Modern Standard Arabic I (6 credits)
- ARAB-012-62: Intensive 1st Level Modern Standard Arabic II (6 credits)
- ARAB-111-62: Intensive 2nd Level Modern Standard Arabic I (6 credits)
- ARAB-112-62: Intensive 2nd Level Modern Standard Arabic II (6 credits)
- ARAB-215-62: Intensive 3rd Level Modern Standard Arabic I (6 credits)
- ARAB-216-62: Intensive 3rd Level Modern Standard Arabic II (6 credits)
- ARAB-113-62: Spoken Arabic I (3 credits)
- ARAB-114-62: Formal Spoken Arabic II (3 credits)
All students will complete three-week online colloquial Arabic language coursework before arrival in Amman and will also take a diagnostic placement test at the beginning of program to determine the appropriate language level. Georgetown students will take the Arabic language placement test upon their return to campus to determine appropriate language level for fall semester. Note: The Arabic language proficiency is not offered on this program. Students who will not be on-campus during the following fall semester may qualify to take the language proficiency at the end of the program. Please coordinate with the Arabic Studies department.
All coursework, including grades and credits, earned on Georgetown-administered programs are automatically applied to Georgetown students' degrees. Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.
The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:
- Dead Sea
- Petra and Dana Nature Reserve
- Famous Arabic Restaurant where students can practice their Arabic and learn about Arabic cuisine
- Learn Debcca and other cultural activities
You will stay in a hotel on the evening of your arrival in Jordan and will then be placed with a local Jordanian family for the remainder of the program. You may be placed alone with a single family, or share your homestay family with one other Georgetown student.
You will receive two meals each day prepared by your homestay family.
The program fee for Summer 2019 is $10,750.
This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, academic fees, accommodations, some meals, program excursions, and supplemental insurance. The program fee listed above does not include: airfare to/from your program site, passport and visa fees (if applicable), and other individual expenses.
For more information on total costs of this program, please visit the program's budget sheet
The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from 20% to 50% of billable program cost and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. If you are currently receiving financial aid you will be automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.
We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website
Commitment and Withdrawal Policy
A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program. Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners. These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.
A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw. All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision. No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.
Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student including, but not limited to, passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs. Georgetown University reserves the right to cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.
We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website
. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website
Prof. Ghayda Al-Ali
Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Washington, DC 20057
Prof. Huda Al-Mufti
Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Washington, DC 20057