intensive arabic language study AT THE UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN
January 2 - 18, 2013
The Program Fee includes tuition and program expenses. Click on Program Fee for details.
International airfare and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsiblity of the participant.
October 5, 2012
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students with a cumulative GPA of 2.25, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Placement and credits earned are based on your proficiency and previous language study.
3 semester credits based on your proficency in: 210, 250, or 330/331
TYPE OF HOUSING: Double occupancy apartments with kitchenettes and full bathrooms
Watch the videos below!
CONTACT: Denise Elles-Mdahuar via email or by calling 703.993.2155 or toll free at 866.468.1243. The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code.
Welcome to Amman, Jordan, where tradition meets modernity in the Middle East! During this intensive language program, classes meet for several hours a day, are taught by local faculty at the University of Jordan, and explore a mix of modern spoken Arabic and the Jordanian dialect. Read an article about the program that recently appeared in the Mason News, or check out 99 fun things to do while in Jordan.
The University of Jordan's Campus
The distinct advantage to studying Arabic in Jordan on this program as opposed to a campus in the States is the language socialization component, where students will have an opportunity to put directly into practice in Amman what they have learned in the classroom. This could include visiting a local cafe, negotiating (in Arabic) for a thoub (traditional dress) at a local market, or hanging out with Jordanian students.
Here is a video of Petra, the site of one of the program's weekend excursions:
Three Arabic language classes are offered for 3 semester credits apiece at the University of Jordan. Based on previous language studies, students will be placed in either ARABIC 210 Intermediate Arabic, ARABIC 250 Gateway to Advanced Arabic, or Advanced ARABIC 330/331. Again, the most important outcome of this course is that students intensively study the Arabic language, granting them access to authentic Arabic culture and tradition. Here is some more video footage from the university:
Ghassan Husseinali is an assistant professor of Arabic in the department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University and also serves as the coordinator of the Arabic program at Mason. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in the field of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Before joining Mason, Professor Husseinali taught Arabic at Yale University. His work on teaching Arabic has been published in scholarly journals, and he has presented many papers on the subject at national meetings and conferences.
tentative dATES: January 2 - 18, 2013
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Jordan for the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Jordan for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.
The Center for Gobal Education Program Fee includes:
- Housing in double occupant student lodging
- Airport transfers in Jordan
- Pre-departure orientation
- Emergency medical insurance, including medical evacuation and repatriation
Scholarships are available to George Mason students. George Mason students can click here to download the CGE Global Perspectives scholarship application. Mason students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. Discuss this with your financial aid counselor early in your study abroad planning process. If you are not a George Mason University student, check with your study abroad office or office of financial aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
*CGE reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.