Thank you for your interest in the Columbia Summer Language Program in Amman! For students interested in summer 2016, the application materials and program details are not yet finalized. Most program information will be available by the end of fall 2015 term, though there still may some details outstanding. Please click "Start an Application" on bottom of the Apply page (see left) to register your interest in the program with the Office of Global Programs and fill out a short Pre-Application questionnaire. Once you are registered with our system, we will notify you via email when all application components are finalized. We will also notify you of any information sessions and/or events with returned program participants.
Amman, the capital of Jordan, is situated in the hills between the desert and the fertile Jordan valley. Ancient biblical sites, Roman ruins, and contemporary structures exist side by side in this modern and cosmopolitan city with a thriving cultural scene. With a diverse population and a reputation for hospitality, Amman provides an ideal base for students to learn Arabic and gain a deeper understanding of the region.
This nine week program helps students strengthen their skills in Modern Standard Arabic by offering intensive language training. All skills are emphasized in the classroom and during tutorials. Group excursions, cultural activities, and a week long travel break give students various perspectives of Jordanian society and different venues in which to practice their Arabic.
The program runs from the end of May to early July.
Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in good academic standing. Graduate students and post-graduates may also apply.
No prior language study required for first year Arabic.
Minimum 3.0 average language GPA
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
There is much to explore around Jordan -- particularly the small historic sites in nearby towns. Don't be afraid of exploring -- people are so kind and generous that they will always help you.
This was an AMAZING summer during which I learned more than I thought possible and loved every day!
The professor, the program, the class, the staff, the place, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT!
We accomplished many things -- travel, learning, etc. -- in a short amount of time. The quality of the course was great!
I had an absolutely amazing experience here and made incredible progress in learning Arabic.
The program is difficult, but absolutely worth it! The small size of the programs means that participants really bond through the experience. The professors are more than amazing instructors -- they really get to know you. It was incredible to be in such a close-knit learning environment. Very encouraging and lots of fun!
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