Intensive ten-week program equivalent to one full academic year; split into two five-week sessions
Immersion experience abroad rich with cultural activities, film screenings, lectures and educational trips around Jordan
Open to all qualified students (traditional and non-traditional)
Meets FLAS fellowship requirements
Set in the lively and historic neighborhood of Jabal Amman, the Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture offers students the opportunity to study for the summer in a rich immersive environment. Our summer program fully incorporates Arab cultures into the curriculum with lectures, film screenings, cultural activities, language partnerships and educational trips around Jordan.
Furthermore, our communicative, proficiency-based curriculum integrates Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine dialect to get students interacting as native speakers do, even from the earliest proficiency levels. Based on the methodology of the popular Al-Kitaab textbook series, students systematically practice all four linguistic skills in their core classes and can seamlessly transition to our coursework from that of their home institutions. For more information on what successful students will be able to achieve at each course level, please visit the following link.
Building on our belief that languages are not learned solely through textbooks, we offer content courses based on a variety of authentic materials at all levels as part of our core summer curriculum. Beginner level students enroll in an introductory course to Jordanian culture, where students are taught the fundamentals of Colloquial Jordanian Arabic through different thematic units relevant to daily life in Amman. Students at the Intermediate and Advanced levels are given the choice for the content course taught in Arabic that best suits their interests and linguistic needs. Course offerings for the Summer 2019 sessions include:
An Arabic Kitchen: Cooking around the Arab World The History of Arabic Music
Divine Geometry: An Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy and Arts
The Syrian Crisis: Its Formation, Current Status and What Lies Ahead
Contemporary Arabic Literature and Poetry: A Seminar
The Palestinian Revolution
Jordanian Society and Culture: Colloquial Jordanian Arabic through the Media
Our program and teaching staff are committed to offering a rigorous academic and intellectual environment that challenges students to engage both linguistically and culturally. For every challenge, however, we are there to offer support and guidance along the way. With daily open tutoring and weekly office hours, Sijal hosts a warm and friendly environment where students and teachers alike form a close and encouraging community.
Intensive ten-week summer program equivalent to one full academic year; split into two five-week sessions, with option to enroll in one or both sessions:
Competitive cost of attendance
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced coursework integrating instruction in MSA and Colloquial Jordanian Arabic
Content courses based on authentic materials offered at all proficiency levels as part of the core curriculum
Communicative teaching methodology that emphasizes all four language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening
21 contact hours per week, for a total of 105 hours per session (five weeks) and 210 hours for both sessions (ten weeks)
Daily open tutoring available for additional review or homework assistance
A dynamic calendar of events comprising lectures, film screenings and other events related to the history, politics and culture of the Arab world
Weekly trips around Jordan aimed at exploring the country’s rich natural and human heritage
Professional, experienced and supportive teaching staff trained in the latest Arabic language pedagogy
Effective Summer 2019, the tuition fee is 2,000 USD (1,420 JOD) per summer session and 3,600 USD (2,556 JOD) for both sessions. This does not include travel, trips, housing or other living expenses.
Our Summer Institute is eligible for FLAS funding. We encourage students to seek scholarship opportunities through their home institutions and are happy to provide any documentation necessary to fulfill their funding requirements.
Additionally, we award a limited number of work study scholarships each term. Scholarship requests are evaluated on the basis of merit and need, as demonstrated in the application form. If you are currently the recipient of any scholarships or financial aid, we ask that you submit an official letter indicating that (e.g. from your university's financial aid office), as part of our evaluation process.
We provide official transcripts at the end of each term and can furnish universities with documentation to assist in obtaining academic credit for coursework completed at Sijal. Most universities award six academic credits per summer session. The Sijal Summer Institute meets the requirements for FLAS funding and we have hosted students in the past with scholarships from Boren, Fulbright, FLAS and other programs.
The Sijal Summer Institute is open to students of Arabic at all levels, whether currently enrolled at university or are working professionals. Given the intensive, immersive nature of the program, students attending should expect to make a serious commitment to learning Arabic during their time at Sijal. While full-time work is not possible, some students do engage in part-time internship or volunteer opportunities, and which we can gladly help students identify in Amman.
Please use our application form to apply to either or both of the summer sessions.
In completing the application, please consider the following:
CVs and transcripts should be submitted in PDF form
Unofficial transcripts are accepted
You cannot save an application once it has been started, so please give yourself ample time to complete the application
Admitted students should send confirmation of enrollment and make a deposit in order to reserve a space at the Sijal Summer Institute.
Students can choose from a range of housing options. Students will be provided with our housing guide for support in finding accommodations prior to their arrival, whether it be at a hotel, in an apartment or with a homestay family. Individual and shared apartments are readily available near Sijal and across Amman at competitive rates. We also have homestay families with whom we are happy to place students as a form of independent housing, as well as discounted rates at local hotels for long-term stays.
Applications for the 2019 Summer Program are now closed.
Orientation will take place June 8, 2019. For students enrolling solely in the second session, orientation will take place on July 13, 2019
Placement tests will be administered during the Orientation.
Intensive Summer Session I 2019: June 8 - July 11 (Orientation: June 8)
Intensive Summer Session II 2019: July 13 - August 22 (Orientation: July 13; Eid Al Adha Break: August 11 - 15)
The 2019 Admission and Program Dates are as follows:
Early application deadline, Work Study Application Deadline
Notification of early admission, Notification of Work Study Scholarships
Confirmation of attendance and enrollment deposit due for early applicants and workstudy applicants
Final application deadline
Notifications of final admissions
Confirmation of attendance and enrollment deposit due for final applicants
First Session Orientation, Tuition payments due for all students
Last day to withdraw for a partial refund
Final Exams for first session
Second Session Orientation, Tuition payments due for all students registered in the second session
Second Session Classes Begin
Eid Al-Adha Break
Summer program ends