Arizona in Jordan

The Arizona in Jordan program is cancelled for summer 2023
The Arizona in Jordan program is an eight-week summer program based in the Jordanian capital of Amman, bustling with cafes, shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Amman offers the perfect milieu for experiencing an Arabic-language immersion. In addition to Arabic courses, students attend volunteering opportunities, cooking, and calligraphy classes. In addition to the coursework, students participate in several academic excursions to sites such as the Nabatean ruins of Petra, the Bedouin desert valley of Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Ajloun, and Wadi Mujib.
Students arrive in Amman and begin a rigorous 2-day orientation to learn about the city, transportation, and cultural norms. At the end of the orientation students move into their summer homestay with a Jordanian family. Arabic classes begin at the end of the first week in country and run through the final week with a one-week midterm break. Arabic classes are taught by local faculty trained in the pedagogy of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Students will choose either 3rd or 4th year MSA or 1st year Levantine as their focus. All program participants are matched with language partners to offer additional speaking practice and enhance language acquisition. Afternoon activities in Amman promote language use in a real-life environment.
To apply, go to the Study Abroad and Student Exchange website: (Please note this application is for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies program run in collaboration with the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. This application link is not for the UA Arabic Flagship program).

STUDENT TESTIMONIES: student comments about program here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:Summer 2022 - Program Cancelled

SUMMER 2022 DATES: June 2022 - August 2022

COST: N/A for summer 2022


Students can earn UA credit for all Arabic coursework. Arabic courses are 120 hours of classwork. Please note you can either do 3rd year MSA, 4th year MSA or 1st year Levantine. You will choose one level to focus on intensively and will not be able to change from a dialect focus to MSA. Course options include:

        Modern Standard Arabic

  • ARB 405/406 3rd Year Advanced MSA (Undergraduate Level) 
  • ARB 407/408 4th Year Advanced MSA (Undergraduate Level) 
  • ARB 505/506 3rd Year Advanced MSA (Graduate Level)
  • ARB 507/508 4th Year Advanced MSA (Graduate Level) 

        Levantine Arabic: 

  • ARA 424A Levantine Arabic/ARB 424B Levantine Arabic 


  • 2.5 GPA |  2 years of Arabic language study prior to the program start date


  • AZ in Jordan is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all universities in the US and abroad.


  • Please note due to COVID safety precautions, students will be staying in apartments and will have single occupany rooms. 


  • Course tuition
  • Housing (price varies depending on selection)
  • Accommodation during overnight excursions (double or triple)
  • Partial board during excursions (2 meals per day) - this item will probably change and the price will be adjusted accordingly
  • In-country travel associated with program activities
  • Airport transfers in country.


  • Airfare to and from Amman
  • Passport and visa costs
  • SIM card, mobile phone, and mobile plan for phone
  • Course books and associated materials (i.e. dictionaries)
  • Transportation costs to and from language classes
For questions about the program, please contact:

Julie Ellison-Speight 
Center for Middle Eastern Studies 
Marshall 473








Arizona in Jordan, promotional video. Filmed and produced by Sheridan Aleksick, University of Arizona (AZiJ 2017)

Photos from Summer 2017: 
Top: Amman cityscape (Kevin J. Taylor)
Middle: Desert jeep tour of Wadi Rum, southern Jordan (Dr. Mohammed Tamimi)
Bottom: Yarmouk River at Mukheiba in northern Jordan (Dr. Mohammed Tamimi)


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