Students enrolled in AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Program study Arabic with some of the most respected language teachers in the region: those from the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic. Intensive coursework, combined with daily interactions with host families, helps students at all levels and to increase their Arabic proficiency in a short period of time.
In addition to academics, our students benefit from an on-site orientation, a truly knowledgeable Jordanian staff, an opportunity to become part of a Jordanian family, and organized excursions to mind-blowing locations such as the great deserts and Biblical sites in Jordan. During each of the two summer sessions AMIDEAST organizes a one day trip to different parts of the country. The excursions will either be to Jerash and Ajloun or to Madaba and the Dead Sea. Because each summer session includes a different trip, those students participating in multiple sessions will have the opportunity to visit both sites.
The Summer Intensive Arabic Program offers Modern Standard Arabic in two 4-week sessions. Classes meet 5 hours per day, 5 days per week. Each session therefore includes 100 hours of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits) and colloquial Arabic (1 credit) for 6 total credits. One summer session covers the material usually presented in one semester on a U.S. campus.
All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic and in colloquial Arabic at a level appropriate to their proficiency. MSA meets for 4 hours a day and colloquial Arabic for 1 hour a day. Students are placed into appropriate Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic levels based on an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and written Arabic exam conducted prior to their departure.