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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan; Aqaba, Jordan; Wadi Rum, Jordan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.25 Language of Instruction: Arabic, English
Housing: Homestay Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 01 Freshman, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Type of Program: Faculty-led
Language Courses Offered: Arabic Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Arabic
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Arabic Language in Amman

Jordan, Summer 2021
Amman

Welcome to Amman, Jordan, where tradition meets modernity in the Middle East! This intensive language program includes face-to-face classes that meet for several hours a day taught by local faculty at Jordan Language Academy (JLA), trips to ancient historical sites, and immersing into a rich and proud culture. Explore a mixture of Modern Standard Arabic and the Jordanian colloquial dialect as spoken in its native environment. The distinct advantage of studying Arabic in Jordan as opposed to a campus in the United States is the language socialization component, where students will have an opportunity to put directly into practice what they have learned in the classroom; this could include visiting a local cafe, negotiating in Arabic for a thobe or abaya (traditional dress) at a local market, buying groceries or medication, taking a taxi, or hanging out with Jordanian students.
 

Program Highlights

  • Explore a mixture of Modern Standard Arabic and the Jordanian dialect.
  • Language Socialization through Immersion: Students will have an opportunity to put directly into practice what they have learned in the classroom; this could include visiting a local cafe, negotiating in Arabic for a thobe or abaya (traditional dress) at a local market, buying groceries or medication, taking a taxi, or hanging out with Jordanian students.

Eligibility

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University.

Credits

6 Credits 

Course Credits

All students will be enrolled for 3 Credits in

  • ARAB 380 (Arabic Dialects) 

Students will choose 1 of the following courses:

  • ARAB 201 (Intermediate I)
  • ARAB 202 (Intermediate II)
  • ARAB 375 (Study abroad in the Arab world)
Anticipated
  • FRLN 550 (Graduate level)

Students looking to earn ARAB 110 (beginner level, no prior experience) must contact the Academic Director.

Please reach out to the Arabic Department for more information.

Program Dates*

June to August 2021 (8 weeks)

 

Itinerary*

Please Note: Weekends in Jordan are Friday and Saturday. Working week is from Sunday to Thursday
Day 1  Students arrive independently to Amman, Jordan. 
Afternoon: Meet with host families 
Week 1 Sunday - Thursday: Arabic Language Class
Friday: Day excursion to Mount Nebo, Madaba, and Baptismal Site
Saturday: Free day
Week 2 Sunday - Thursday: Arabic Language Class
Friday - Saturday: Overnight excursion to Petra and Wadi Rum 
Week 3 Sunday - Thursday: Arabic Language Class
Friday - Saturday: Free weekend
Week 4 Sunday - Thursday: Arabic Language Class
Friday: Day excursion to Dead Sea
Saturday: Free day
Week 5 Sunday - Thursday: Arabic Language Class
Friday - Saturday: Free weekend
Week 6 Sunday - Thursday: Arabic Language Class
Friday: Day excursion to Jerash and Ajloun 
Saturday: Free day
Week 7  Sunday - Thursday: Arabic Language Class
Friday - Saturday: Free weekend
Week 8 Sunday - Wednesday: Final exams
Thursday: Closing ceromony
Departure Day Friday -Saturday: Students depart for home
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2020: $6,200

Included: Tuition for 6 credits, 8 weeks of accommodations, Excursions/cultural lectures and activities, Airport Transportation pick-up and drop-off, some meals, cell phone rental, international emergency medical insurance.

Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, other transportation, some meals, personal spending, optional excursions, required textbooks and/or course materials.

*Note:  This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email. The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights.
 
When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
 
 

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20, 2021. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10, 2021. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
Payments

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadline:

March 10, 2021

 

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
 

Application instructions:

Academic Director

  John Samana
Name John Samaha
Email jsamaha@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-1120

GEO Program Administrator

  Paul Locascio
Name Paul Locascio
Email masonled@gmu.edu
Phone (703) 993-2154


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 06/12/2021 08/07/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.