Education Abroad

UK Sponsored: Arabic Language Study in Jordan

May 14-June 26, 2017

Program Overview

This program allows students to learn or continue to learn Arabic language and Arab culture in Amman, Jordan. The program provides students with conversation partners, communal sports and cultural activities, participation in cooking and dance clubs and weekend trips to famous sites such as Petra and the Dead Sea. The University of Jordan was founded in 1962 as the first institution of higher education in Jordan. As a public university, it hosts a population of 38,000 students in 18 colleges, and has many activities that suit international students. The campus is located in the capital, the oldest and biggest city in the country, with a population of over 2 million. The Arabic used in Jordan, a Levantine dialect, is common among learners of Arabic across the United States and widely understood by all Arabs.


  • Learn Modern Standard Arabic; increase proficiency (for students with some Arabic background); learn Media and Business Arabic (for students who have finished two years of Arabic)
  • Experience Arab culture and environments first-hand
  • Travel to famous sites such as Petra and the Dead Sea


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.

  • Dependent on proficiency level, all students (graduate or undergraduate) will enroll in one set of the following courses:
    • AIS 101 & 102: Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (8 total credit hours)
    • AIS 201 & 202: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic (6 total credit hours), pre-requisite of AIS 102 or equivalent.
    • AIS 311 & 312: Arabic for Business and Media I and II (6 total credit hours), pre-requisite of AIS 202 or its equivalent.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students retain the option to opt out if they wish

Housing & Meals
Students on this program will reside on private apartments adjacent to campus, which are mostly filled with university students. Students will be responsible for all meals on their own. A basic stove can be provided in each studio apartment for an additional $15 fee. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.

  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.

For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Passport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit theU.S. Department of State website.

  • U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Jordan. Often students can obtain these visas in the airport upon their entry in Jordan, but students should consult with the Jordanian Embassy or their Education Abroad Advisor for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain a visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information

The College of Arts & Sciences Education Abroad web page

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Ghadir Zannoun, Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Kentucky,; Maher Alkhateeb, Teaching Assistant in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Kentucky. Maher Alkhateeb will be the on-site director of the program.

Ms. Sarah Whitaker, EA Advisor,

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