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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: Flat/Apartment 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
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Arabic Language in Amman

Jordan, Summer 2020Amman

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 MALIC (Modern Arabic Language International Center in Jordan), 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.


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


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)

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

On return to Mason, students will have the option of testing out of 200/300-level classes. Please reach out to the Arabic Department for more information.


Program Dates*

Mid June - Mid August


Itinerary (2019)

Please Note: Weekends in Jordan are Friday and Saturday. Working week is from Sunday to Thursday
June 15 Students Arrive
June 16 Orientation and welcome dinner
June 17-20 Classes 
June 21 Free Day
June 22  Trip to the Dead Sea
June 23-27 Classes 
June 28-29 Overnight trip to Aqaba
June 30-4 Classes
July 5-6 Free Weekend
July 7-11 Classes (Midterms)
July 12 Trip to Wadi Rum
July 13 Trip to Petra
July 14-18 Classes
July 19 Free Day
July 20 Trip to Jerash
July 21-25 Classes
July 26 Free Day
July 27 Trip to Madaba and Jabal Nebo
July 28-1 Classes
August 2-3 Free Weekend
August 4-7 Classes (Final Exams)
August 8 Students Depart 
* 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, MALIC textbooks, international emergency medical insurance.

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

*Participants must arrange their own airfare, once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.

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 22, 2020. 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 19, 2020. 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:


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

Application Deadline:

March 8, 2020


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
Phone 703-993-1120

GEO Program Administrator

Name Andrew Miller
Phone 703-993-5013

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/08/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.