Information

The University of Virginia-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program has been in operation since 1984, and is an intensive, eight-week Program in Modern Standard Arabic, designed for undergraduate and graduate students currently pursuing a degree program.  The Program focuses on all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  In addition to the course in Modern Standard Arabic, all students take a course in the Jordanian dialect.  All courses are taught in Arabic.  Course instructors are members of the Yarmouk University faculty.  Three levels of skill-based instruction are provided.

Location


The Program is held at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Yarmouk University is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 33,000 students. Irbid is a city of approximately 500,000 inhabitants, 90 kilometers (about 60 miles) northwest of Amman, the Jordanian capital. It is located in the hills of northern Jordan and enjoys temperate weather during the summer months.

One of the primary goals of this Program is to completely immerse the participants in the Arabic language. Irbid is an ideal setting due to its Arab-Muslim society. This setting has a minimal number of foreigners that use English. 

Important historical and archaeological sites such as Amman, Jerash,Um Qais, the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley, Petra and Aqaba, are easily accessible from Irbid. Students will have ample opportunities to visit these and other places of interest during the two Program-sponsored educational excursions, on weekends, during the mid-session break, or at the end of the Program.

 

Levels of Instruction


LOWER INTERMEDIATE

  • Four hours of classroom instruction per day, five days a week and language laboratory: 8 credits.
  • Jordanian Dialect/Conversation: 1 credit.
  • Prerequisite: one year of college-level Arabic or the equivalent.
  • Specially prepared materials will be provided at Yarmouk University

UPPER INTERMEDIATE

  • Three hours of classroom instruction per day, five days a week and language laboratory: 6 credits.
  • Jordanian Dialect/Conversation: 1 credit.
  • Media Arabic: Optional (See ADVANCED below.)
  • Prerequisite: two years of college-level Arabic or the equivalent.
  • Specially prepared materials will be provided at Yarmouk University

ADVANCED

  • Three hours of classroom instruction per day, five days a week and language laboratory: 6 credits.
  • Jordanian Dialect/Conversation: 1 credit.
  • Media Arabic (radio, television, newspapers and magazines): 1 credit.
  • Prerequisite: three years of college-level Arabic or the equivalent.
  • Specially prepared materials will be provided at Yarmouk University.

 

Placement


An applicant's final level will be determined by the following: 

  • The number of years of college-level Arabic or the equivalent that an applicant has completed.
  • An interview to be administered once the participants arrive at Yarmouk University.
  • A placement test will be given upon arrival at Yarmouk University

 

Cost


For a spreadsheet and detailed breakdown of program costs, please see the Summer Budget Sheet of the online application page.

Note: The Program cost is dependent upon airfares and may be subject to minor change.

Note:  Participants are responsible for domestic airfare to the Program Orientation session in New York.

 

Program Dates


  • Orientation in New York and departure for Amman, Jordan:
    Friday, June 5, 2015.
  • End of Program departure for New York:
    Thursday, August 6, 2015.

Please download or print the Yarmouk Calendar for additional program dates.

* Note: Program dates are fixed and are not open to negotiation. However, dates are based on airline schedules. Should this schedule change, dates of the Program may change slightly.

 

Orientation Sessions


An Orientation session will be held in New York on Friday, June 5, 2015 prior to departure. The orientation session is MANDATORY for all participants.

Please download or print the Yarmouk Calendar for additional program dates.

 

Travel


All Program participants are required to travel as a group to Jordan. The Program makes the necessary international travel arrangements for the group.

 

Housing


Students will be housed in Yarmouk University facilities double occupancy.  Roommates can be chosen by students at the Orientation Session in New York.  Men and women are housed separately.

See housing facilities Pictures.

 

Visa


While US citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival at the Jordanian border, the Program urges participants in the strongest terms to obtain a visa in advance for the following reasons: 

a) you can request a multiple entry visa in advance which enables you to exit and return to Jordan without extra expense;

b) visas at the airport/ borders are given for one entry only- meaning if you exit the country you will be charged more money every time you return to the country;

c) The Program participants will go through immigration faster upon arrival at the airport if all have visas in advance, meaning  there will be no delay at the airport immigration counters; otherwise you will have to go and change money at banks in order to have Jordanian dinars to pay for the visa; and

d) if you have the visa in advance, you will be considerate of the other participants who have their visas in advance.

Following notification of an admission decision, the Program will provide instructions and visa application forms to accepted students via email.  However, students are encouraged to visit the website of the Embassy of Jordan for further information on Jordanian visa requirements and the application procedure.

Students living near to the Jordanian embassy (Washington, DC) or a Jordanian consulate (check the Jordanian embassy’s website to find out where Jordanian consulates are located) are advised to visit the embassy or consulate in person.  If this is not possible, students are urged NOT to send their passports in regular mail.  Make sure to provide the requisite fee and a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope (such as Express or UPS) in order for the embassy to return your passport.  The embassy/consulate will not pay to send back your passport if you do not include a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope.