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

Arabic Language in Amman

Jordan, Summer 2022

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.


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)
  • 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 2022 (8 weeks)



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 ceremony
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 2022: Coming Soon!
Summer 2021: $5,999

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.

  • Application deposit
  • Tuition for 6 credits and mandatory fees
  • 8 weeks of accommodations
  • Excursions/cultural lectures and activities
  • Airport Transportation pick-up and drop-off
  • Some meals
  • Cell phone rental
  • Pre-departure orientation 
  • international emergency medical insurance

Not included:
  • Airfare*
  • Passport
  • Visa fees
  • Other transportation
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending
  • Optional excursions
  • COVID-19 testing in the U.S. before departure
  • COVID-19 testing while abroadVaccinations
  • Vaccinations 
  • 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

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment.)
Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule.  The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit

  • You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account.
  • George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: 
In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must:
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in
After acceptance:

* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:
VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

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 10, 2022


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.

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

  Paul Locascio
Name Paul Locascio
Phone (703) 993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission 06/04/2022 07/30/2022

** 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.