Arabic Cultural Program in Jordan: All Arabic Courses

Amman, Jordan

December 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Program Summary

This is a 7-day embedded program for all the students in the Arabic Language Program regardless to their proficiency level in Arabic. This program provides a great opportunity for the students to apply what they have learned and practiced at Penn State in immersion context, and expand their understanding of the Jordanian history, culture, and society. Students will explore the rich history of Jordan through the guided tours in Amman, the multicultural capital of Jordan, Bethany, the Dead Sea, and Petra. The program also includes a visit to a local university in Amman and opportunities for interaction with local students and lecturers.

Embedded Course Information

Eligible participants must be enrolled in at least one Arabic course (ARAB 001, 003, 295, 401, 495, or 497) for the Fall 2019 semester. Participants will also be enrolled in the one-credit course, ARAB 099 or 499, which is associated with this embedded program with assignments that correspond with the level of their residential Arabic course.

Note: Students will be enrolled in the one-credit course for the Spring 2020 semester because the travel component of the course technically occurs during the Spring semester.

This additional credit may or may not add to a student’s cost of tuition depending on their part-time vs. full-time student status in the Spring 2020 semester. If you are a full-time student enrolled in 12 credits or more for the Spring semester, this 1 credit course will not add additional cost to your tuition because it will be part of your full-time semester tuition. Please visit the Penn State Tuition website for additional information about tuition costs. Tuition costs are NOT included in the embedded program fee.

Faculty Leader

Professor Reham Aly (

Estimated Program Costs

  • Embedded Program Fee: $1,861
  • Airfare: Approx. $750 – 1,200 depending on domestic airport and number of stops
  • In-Country Costs: TBD

*NOTE: Students will be prompted to pay the embedded program fee directly to the education abroad provider, World Strides, through their website in mid-September.

The Embedded Program Fee for this program includes: accommodations in Jordan, including breakfasts; transportation in Jordan related to academic programming; costs related to academic and cultural activities; a welcome and farewell dinner; English-speaking trained professional guides and field specialists; gratuities.

The Embedded Program Fee for this program does NOT include: airfare; domestic transportation to/from the airport; most meals; spending money (souvenirs, etc.); course/credit tuition.

Note: Students are expected to arrange their own flights to/from Jordan (with guidance from the faculty leader about arrival/departure time windows); the group will not be traveling together.

Application Deadline and Process

Submit your interest in the program by completing this interest form: Arabic Cultural Program Interest Form

Interested students should also enroll in one of eligible Arabic courses for the Fall 2019 semester. 

Commit to the program by thoroughly reading and submitting the commitment form by Sunday September 8, 2019: Official Embedded Program Commitment Form: Arabic Cultural Program

Students may contact the faculty leaders with questions: Professor Reham Aly (