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Arizona in Jordan (Postponed)

*The Arizona in Jordan program has been postponed until summer 2022*
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.
Students arrive in Amman and begin a rigorous 4-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 to foreigners. Students will choose either 3rd or 4th year MSA as their focus. All program participants are matched with language partners to offer additional oral practice and enhance language acquisition. Afternoon activities in Amman promote language use in a real-life environment.
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.

See student comments about program here.


AZ in Jordan is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all universities in the US and abroad. Students must have 2 years of Arabic language study prior to the program start date. 

Students can earn UA credit for all Arabic coursework. Arabic courses are 120 hours of classwork. Course options include:


Modern Standard Arabic

  • ARB 405/406 3rd Year Advanced MSA
  • ARB 407/408 4th Year Advanced MSA
  • ARB 507/508 Graduate Level MSA




Students are placed with local families for the summer. Familes provide two meals per day (breakfast and dinner).


SUMMER 2022 DATES:  Mid June - Mid August (not officialy available yet)

COST: $10,495* (approximately)

*Program cost includes tuition, housing, airport transfers in country, and partial board during excursions

For questions about the program, please contact CMES.

To apply, go to the Study Abroad and Student Exchange website: http://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-jordan




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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