Education at the Amman Center

Columbia University offers an intensive three-week summer program in May-June that focuses on democracy and constitutional engineering in the Middle East. The program is organized by Columbia Global Centers | AmmanColumbia Global Centers | Istanbul, and the Office of Global Programs. The program, spearheaded by John Huber, Professor of Political Science, is held in Tunis, followed by a segment in Istanbul. It enrolls Columbia students alongside students from leading universities in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. The substantive focus of the program is on the concept of democracy, the challenges of democratic transitions and consolidation, and trade-offs associated with different ways of organizing democratic institutions. Although the program studies general issues associated with democratic politics and does not focus exclusively on Tunisia and Turkey, these locations provide students with a meaningful exposure to the recent histories and challenges that both countries have faced.

Student perspectives of the central issues in the program are influenced by the incorporation of students from across the region, where recent experiences with democratic governance have been extremely challenging and dramatically different. To enable students to think systematically about how to formulate and test arguments about democracy, the program integrates the study of democracy with the study of quantitative research methods.

The program is supported by the President’s Global Innovation Fund and the Lee C. and Jean Magnano Bollinger Fellowship. 

For further information please click here.

Constitutional Engineering 2015

In conjunction with Columbia College and the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, the Center offers the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) Program. The five-week program is held in May-June, and enrolls students from Columbia University.

The program offers students the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in the distinctive topography of Jordan, and to visit unique places like Dana, Ajloun, and Aqaba. With the collected data, students are required to contextualize their project within the core issue of environmental sustainability. Students conduct environmental fieldwork in unique natural settings, and gain a sense of exploration and appreciation of Jordan’s ecology through a combination of field research and coursework. 

For more information, and to learn about the application process, please visit the SEE-U website.

SEE-U Students

In conjunction with Columbia’s Office of Global Programs and the Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Amman Center holds an annual Arabic language program and the Columbia MENA Summer Institute in May-August. The programs are run by Taoufik Ben-Amor, Gordon Gray Jr. Senior Lecturer in Arabic Studies, and Madeleine Dobie, Professor of French and Romance Philology, who leads the cultural seminar.

The nine-week intensive summer program offers a multi faceted introduction to the languages, culture, and history of the Middle East and North Africa. During the first part of the Columbia MENA Summer Institute, students spend time in Amman learning Arabic and attending seminars that examine the interrelatedness of the Mashrek and the Maghreb through various disciplines.The second part of the program takes place in Paris, whereby students continue to study Arabic and examine various themes. They are given the opportunity to learn Mashreki dialect in Amman and Maghrebi Darija in Paris. Both programs attract around 30 Columbia and non-Columbia undergraduate and graduate students, and a group of them who travel on to Paris. The feasibility of moving part of the program to Tunis, ideally in the summer of 2017, is currently under consideration.

For more information, please visit the Summer Arabic Language Program website.

Arabic Class

The Amman Center hosts interns for six weeks, primarily in the summer. Additinoaly interns assist with activities and the coordination of programs throughout the academic year. Interested candidates inquire about internship positions through the Center’s website or referrals. Internships are available in a range of fields, including the arts, architecture, social work, communications, sustainability and research support.

To inquire further about the internship program, or to apply, please contact us at aak21884@columbia.edu 

The Center continues to hold the Columbia Experience Overseas Program (CEO), in partnership with the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. The CEO program is a unique eight-week internship program that offers Columbia undergraduates high-quality internships developed through alumni and employer partnerships. The program was offered in Amman through the Center in the summer.

The CEO program is a unique eight-week internship program that offers Columbia undergraduates high-quality internships developed through alumni and employer partnerships. The program was offered for the fourth time in Amman to 10 students in the summer of 2015. Throughout the internship, students explore a career field and develop professional skills, while gaining global experience. Students also had the opportunity to connect with professionals in Amman who have been selected to support the program either as an employer or mentor. The Center hosted an orientation lunch in June 2015 for students and mentors to connect.

To learn more, visit the website for the Amman program.

CEO program

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