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JMU in Jordan: An Arabic Language and Culture Program


Amman, Jordan

Program Description

The focus of the program will be the Arabic language; in addition students will be exposed to the culture, religion, and traditions of the Middle East. Students will be in class four hours a day, five days a week. There will be several trips organized by the program: a three day trip to Petra, Wadi Rum, and Aqaba, one of the most magnificent sites in the Arab world. A trip to the Dead Sea where you can float while reading a newspaper, a trip to the Roman city Jerash, and many daily trips within the capital Amman.

Location Description

Jordan is an ideal destination for students interested in studying Arabic as well as a host of other subjects including archaeology, history, religion, political science, and more. Spoken Arabic in Jordan is one of the closest to the Standard Modern Arabic. Jordan has a long history that stretches back to biblical times. Historical sites can still be seen in stunning locations such as Petra, an ancient city that is literary carved into mountain rocks (UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the world), an ancient Roman amphitheater in Jarash, to Ajloun – a castle from crusaders’ time.

Today, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a moderate nation and a crossroads within the Middle East for trade and communications. It is also part of a region that has always served as a bridge between Europe, Asia, and Africa. Jordan is a pro-American country where over 100,000 American citizens live and work. One of Jordan's unique treasures is the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth at more than 1,300 feet below sea level. In the Dead Sea, you can easily float because of natural buoyancy. Another expedition is to Wadi Rum which is famous for its desert scenery and towering rock formations. The film "Lawrence of Arabia," was filmed in Wadi Rum.

Amman is a unique city, built on a series of hills and valleys, nestled between ancient ruins and modern architecture. Amman is one of the most diverse cities in the region and enjoys a thriving arts scene, along with historical monuments, including a Roman amphitheater built in the 1st century B.C. and remains of a temple that was believed to have been built by Hercules himself. The program will be hosted at the Jordan Language Academy (JLA) in Amman. JLA receives students from all over the world and has modern facilities and a staff of well qualified professors skilled in teaching Arabic language for non-Arabic speakers.


Karim Altaii | | ISAT
Israa Alhassani | | Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Accommodations will be provided for through apartments and host families, with all meals being covered in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

For American citizens, visa can be obtained at the airport upon arrival.

Cell phones will be provided to students to use for local calls.

This program is open to students from all majors, including those who wish to advance their Arabic skills, thinking of working with or volunteering in Arabic speaking countries and communities.

Students that have worked with JMU Center For International Stabilization and Recovery and students pursuing a degree in Intelligence Analysis at JMU typically have great success in this program.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Prerequisite: ARAB 102 or ARAB 111 for ARAB 212
Prerequisite: ARAB 212 or ARAB 232 for ARAB 300, ARAB 320, ARAB 340
Prerequisite: ARAB 300 for ARAB 400 and ARAB 410

Rising Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ARAB 111: Intensive Arabic I (6 credits)

ARAB 212: Intensive Arabic II (6 credits)

ARAB 300: Arabic Grammar and communication (3 credits)

ARAB 320: Arabic Oral and Written Communication (3 credits)

ARAB 340: Intermediate Arabic Conversation (3 credits)

ARAB 400: Advanced Arabic Writing and Conversation (3 credits)

ARAB 410: Special Studies in Arabic: Media Arabic (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.