Upon arrival in Amman, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program students participate in a one and a half day orientation designed to introduce them to Jordanian culture and daily life and familiarize them with the logistics of the program. Students move in with their host families immediately. The orientation combines structured informational sessions with organized activities. Topics such as safety and health, family life in Jordan, cultural adjustment, program regulations, participant responsibilities and other essential information are all discussed during orientation.
Students in the AMIDEAST Summer Intensive Arabic Program in Amman live with Jordanian families that have been carefully screened by AMIDEAST/Jordan from a database of qualified applicants. Students usually are placed with families who have previous experience hosting American students through AMIDEAST. Few, if any, families speak English.
AMIDEAST matches students with host families using a variety of criteria. While all placement preferences may not be met in every case, AMIDEAST will strive to make the best match to ensure a rewarding and pleasant living experience. In the event of a problem, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program staff members will be available either to mediate or to arrange a new host family placement. Students living with host families will be provided with all meals by their host families but may find that some days it is not possible to return to the family for lunch because of class schedules.
During each of the two summer sessions AMIDEAST organizes a one overnight trip to different parts of the country. Because each summer session includes a different trip, those students participating in multiple sessions will have the opportunity to visit both sites.
The excursions are coordinated by AMIDEAST in conjunction with the program’s academic staff. Organized activities are combined with limited free time, allowing students to explore independently within a safe and structured framework.
See the Academic Calendar for the specific location of these excursions. In addition, students can travel independently on free weekends.
With AMIDEAST’s more than 60-year presence in the Middle East and North Africa, AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs are able to draw on AMIDEAST’s long-term experience in the region, strong local connections, and deep understanding of the intercultural, health, safety, and security issues inherent to study in the Arab world.
As part of the program fee, AMIDEAST provides medical and accident insurance for all students through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). In addition to medical insurance, AMIDEAST education abroad students are provided with security and natural disaster evacuation services through CISI. AMIDEAST has also contracted with an intelligence provider to assist with monitoring, protecting against, and responding to security issues in the region.
For more information on AMIDEAST's approach to Health and Safety, please click HERE.
All classes are held in AMIDEAST’s center in Amman. The center is located in the Abdoun Circle area of Amman and is located ½ kilometer walk from the circle where there are many cafes and restaurants. It is also located approximately ten minutes by taxi from other popular parts of Abdoun, Sweifieh, Shmeishani, and the 3rd Circle.
While the AMIDEAST center in Amman is not located on a university campus, there are many Jordanians who use this center for educational activities. The AMIDEAST/Jordan center offers a number of different services to individuals and local organizations such as English language courses, professional training, entrepreneurship workshops and mentoring, scholarship opportunities in the U.S. and elsewhere, management consulting and coaching, internationally recognized test administration, and educational advising and placement services. In other words, the AMIDEAST center is a hub for many different education and training activities, not only education abroad programs.
The AMIDEAST center is a large facility in a stand-alone building with a number of large and small modern classrooms, wifi access, two small lounge spaces dedicated specifically to education abroad students, staff offices, and a small, but growing, library of books specifically purchased for education abroad student use. The AMIDEAST center in Amman also has computers reserved for student use. Although computers are available, AMIDEAST recommends that students bring a laptop if possible in order to complete Arabic listening activities (using DVDs) and to be able to complete homework outside of the AMIDEAST center.
Guided by an Academic Consortium that represents a cross-section of U.S. higher education, AMIDEAST programs are designed to provide academic excellence. AMIDEAST programs also include ample opportunities to interact with local university students and to reflect on intercultural encounters in structured settings.
Please click HERE to learn more about how students receive grades for academic work completed on an AMIDEAST Education Abroad program.
Building No. 8
Princess Basma Street
P. O. Box 852374
Amman, 11185 Jordan