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 Arabic Institute. 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.