Arabic school in Amman: Ali Baba

From 333.- EUR
350.- USD
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Key points

  • Destination with cultural and historical marvels
  • Modern and open-minded city with a glorious past
  • Experienced school located in the student area
  • Teaching tailor made to the needs of each student
  • Wide choice of excursions and things to do in town

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
L
Accommodations
Host family, Private apartment, Residence
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
25 years
Nationality mix
Germany, United States, South Korea, etc..
ratings
62 authentic opinions

Learning Arabic in Amman is a privilege. Our partner school will do everything to ensure you enjoy your stay in the kingdom of Jordan. Teachers at the Ali Baba International Centre teach the language and culture of their country with enthusiasm and skill to their foreign students. The course centre enjoys a central location, close to the campus of the University of Jordan, in a safe and pleasant area lined with shops, banks and hotels, sports clubs and restaurants, where the 40,000 students of the university like to meet. The area is well served by public transport. The school building is modern and includes 15 classrooms, a library, a reading room and an auditorium, which are all bright and large. The school has an elegant café, where you can enjoy a wide range of drinks, snacks and sandwiches at affordable prices.

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  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 329.- EUR
(350.- USD)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-15:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Private apartment, single room, no meals
Residence, single room, no meals
1
350 USD
550 USD
525 USD
2
600 USD
1000 USD
950 USD
3
850 USD
1450 USD
1375 USD
4
1100 USD
1850 USD
1750 USD
6
1500 USD
2650 USD
2500 USD
8
1900 USD
3400 USD
3200 USD
12
2700 USD
4950 USD
4650 USD
16
3500 USD
USD
USD
24
5100 USD
USD
USD
Extra week (24+)
150 USD
USD
USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
06.01 / 03.02 / 03.03 / 07.04 / 05.05 / 09.06 / 07.07 / 04.08 / 08.09 / 06.10 / 03.11 / 01.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.05 / 25.05 / 01.09 / 03.10 / 12.12 / 25.12.2019
Holidays
20.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
02.06.2019 - 06.06.2019
11.08.2019 - 15.08.2019
27.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Leaving day: Friday following course end

Combined course 20+5

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 447.- EUR
(475.- USD)
Lessons
25 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 5 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-15:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Private apartment, single room, no meals
Residence, single room, no meals
1
475 USD
675 USD
650 USD
2
850 USD
1250 USD
1200 USD
3
1225 USD
1825 USD
1750 USD
4
1600 USD
2350 USD
2250 USD
6
2250 USD
3400 USD
3250 USD
8
2900 USD
4400 USD
4200 USD
12
4200 USD
6450 USD
6150 USD
16
5500 USD
USD
USD
24
8100 USD
USD
USD
Extra week (24+)
275 USD
USD
USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
06.01 / 03.02 / 03.03 / 07.04 / 05.05 / 09.06 / 07.07 / 04.08 / 08.09 / 06.10 / 03.11 / 01.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.05 / 25.05 / 01.09 / 03.10 / 12.12 / 25.12.2019
Holidays
20.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
02.06.2019 - 06.06.2019
11.08.2019 - 15.08.2019
27.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Leaving day: Friday following course end

Combined course 20+10

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From 564.- EUR
(600.- USD)
Lessons
30 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 10 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
09:00-15:00

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Private apartment, single room, no meals
Residence, single room, no meals
1
600 USD
800 USD
775 USD
2
1100 USD
1500 USD
1450 USD
3
1600 USD
2200 USD
2125 USD
4
2100 USD
2850 USD
2750 USD
6
3000 USD
4150 USD
4000 USD
8
3900 USD
5400 USD
5200 USD
12
5700 USD
7950 USD
7650 USD
16
7500 USD
USD
USD
24
11100 USD
USD
USD
Extra week (24+)
400 USD
USD
USD
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.95   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
06.01 / 03.02 / 03.03 / 07.04 / 05.05 / 09.06 / 07.07 / 04.08 / 08.09 / 06.10 / 03.11 / 01.12.2019
Bank holidays
01.05 / 25.05 / 01.09 / 03.10 / 12.12 / 25.12.2019
Holidays
20.12.2018 - 05.01.2019
02.06.2019 - 06.06.2019
11.08.2019 - 15.08.2019
27.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival day: Saturday prior to course start
Leaving day: Friday following course end

Classes take place from Sunday to Thursday

Options/Extras

Course material (to be paid on site) (varies according to level, 20$ - 35$)
One-to-one course (per lesson) 30 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) 50 USD

Other accommodation options

Host family, single room, half board (option offered to women)

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4/5
Overall rating

94% of students recommending this school

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/ 5
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/ 5
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/ 5
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/ 5
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63 students gave their opinion about this school

26 years old - France
/ 5
J'ai été assez surprise par la gentillesse et l'hospitalité des Jordaniens. L'école Ali Baba était exactement ce dont j'avais besoin: bien située, accessible, avec des professeurs patients et des locaux agréables. En une semaine j'ai appris à lire et écrire l'Arabe, la deuxième j'ai pu commencer à voir les bases. J'ai globalement vécu une expérience excellente. Seul petit bémol : j'ai du batailler pour mettre la main sur le livre de cours d'Arabe débutant qui avait été promis sur le devis soumis par ESL. J'ai adoré passer la première semaine en 1 to 1 avec ma professeure Tasnim. Patiente elle a su me donner les clefs nécessaires à la lecture de la langue Arabe. La seconde semaine je l'ai passé avec un groupe. Nous étions 8 le premier jour puis avons été divisés très rapidement par niveaux en deux groupes de 3 et deux élèves seuls. La deuxième semaine la professeure, Nour a su trouver les bons moyens pour nous enseigner un Arabe de la vie de tous les jours. Je suis très satisfaite de la patience de mes professeurs envers moi car il est vrai que la longueur de mon séjour ne me permettait pas non plus de prétendre à autre chose qu'à l'obtention de bases dans cette langue. Même si la résidence était bien placée par rapport à l'Ecole, la propreté des lieux et le mobilier n'étaient pas propices à une bonne hygiène de vie. Si je retourne dans cette école je prendrai un Air BnB plutot qu'une chambre en résidence. Merci à Marie Villat et Sara Desandre pour m'avoir aidé à planifier ce superbe séjour. Je salue leur disponibilité et leur professionnalisme.
2 weeks, July – August 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui, énormes. Je suis arrivée à Amman en baraguinant l'Arabe ci et là. Aujourd'hui je commence à lire et à écrire. Les progrès sont sans appels! Merci ! :) »
School highlights
« La patience des professeurs et la situation de l'Ecole. Beaucoup de petits restaurants et de bibliothèques se trouvent à proximité. C'est une véritable mine d'or ! De plus le personnel de l'Ecole, notamment Ali à la cafétéria, Ashraf au transport et Hannan à la réception sont d'une gentillesse incroyable. Disponibles et avenants ils sont à l'écoute des élèves et proposent des conseils très judicieux. »
Top tips
« Pour les plus jeunes étudiants, ou ceux n'ayant pas autant de moyens que les jeunes professionnels, l'Ecole propose des week-end en sortie dans les plus beaux coins du pays, notamment Petra et Wadi Rum. Ces activités, deux à trois fois moins cher que dans les agences touristiques locales sont une véritable aubaine pour les aventuriers . :) »
24 years old - France
/ 5
Les évaluations de niveau se font toutes a l'écrit, ce qui n'est pas représentatif d'un bon niveau a l'oral. Tout est tres bien organisé, les visites sont guidées et permettent d'apprendre beaucoup de choses sur les sites
3 weeks, July 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Le fait detre immergé permet de travail son oral en dedans et en dehors des cours ce qui est beaucouo plus productif qu'un simple cours. »
School highlights
« Le sourire de chaque membre du personnel. »
33 years old - France
/ 5
3 weeks, July 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Oui,clairement. Mon vicabulaire et ma gramlaure se sint étoffés et mon aisance orale s'est nettelent améliorée . »
School highlights
« La proximité du logement, la propreté et la configuration des salles de cours, les disponibilité, compétence et attitude de tout le personnel de l'école . »
Top tips
« Profiter de l'amabilité du personnel pour adapter au mieux son stage.Se renseigner sur le pays au préalable pour profiter de sa richesse culturelle.Changer son argent en ville, pas à l'aéroport! »
38 years old - Luxembourg
/ 5
2 weeks, July 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
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« Oui »
School highlights
« Méthodes pédagogiques innovantes, groupes petits »
53 years old - Netherlands
/ 5
Het was erg leerzaam. Leuke activiteiten, gratis busvervoer naar Petra, lunch op school, stadswandeling
2 weeks, June 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
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« Veel aandacht door kleine klas. Aardige betrokken mensen. »
32 years old - Germany
/ 5
2 weeks, May 2019
Value for money (1 / 5)
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39 years old - Italy
/ 5
2 weeks, April 2019
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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« È una scuola molto organizzata, i docenti sono preparati, competenti e disponibili a trovare le soluzioni migliori per facilitare l'apprendimento da parte degli studenti. »
21 years old - Austria
/ 5
14 weeks, November 2018 – March 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (5 / 5)
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« Auf jeden Fall. Ich fühle mich jetzt viel sicherer wenn ich Arabisch Spreche. »
Top tips
« Petra, Wadi Rum +++ »
22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Die Schule, entsprach nicht meinen Erwartungen. Also der Sprachkurs war super, ich hatte eine super Lehrerin die mir mit der Sprache sowie auch mit privaten und alltäglichen Dingen sehr geholfen hat. Auch meine Gastfamilie war hilfsbereit freundlich und wir konnten in diesen 5 Wochen ein vertrautes Verhältnis aufbauen. Immer aber wenn es um die Schule als Organisation ging, konnte ich nicht auf Ihre Hilfe zählen. Stichwort "Visum". Die Schule hilft niemandem beim Visum, auch nach mehren Fragen bekam ich die Antwort dass sie dafür nicht zu ständig seien, und das ich das doch alleine machen kann. Ich fragte meine Lehrerin ob sie mir helfen könnte und mit zur Polizeistation kommen könnte. Sie war sofort bereit. Jedoch stimmte die Schule da nicht zu, weil es, wie ich da erfahren habe, verboten ist für Lehrpersonen, sich mit SchülerInnen privat zu treffen. Was komisch ist, weil genau damit, könnte man einen Einblick in die Stadt und Gesellschaft bekommen. Auch hatte ich den Eindruck man betreibe nicht den gleichen Aufwand, wenns wenig Schüler hat. Wir waren nur 3 neue Schüler als ich angefangen habe. Und wir hatten nur 2 Aktivitäten. Wobei ich persönlich auf die 2. Aktivität bestanden habe. Von Schülern die früher zur Schule gestossen sind, habe ich gehört dass sie wöchentlich Aktivitäten hatten, wo sie aus die Möglichkeit hatten lokale Leute zu treffen. Die Familie Sabbah, ist aufgeschlossen, freundlich, grosszügig. Das Essen ist ausgezeichnet! Man bekommt immer genug davon, und man wird mehrmals darauf hingewiesen dass man "zur Familie gehört", und dass man sich dementsprechend frei bewegen kann und darf in der Familie (z.b Essen holen wenn man Hunger hat usw.) Ich hatte zu allen Familienmitgliedern guten Kontakt und habe gute Gespräche gehabt. Auch spielen sie sehr oft verschiedenste Brett- und Kartenspiele was eine gute Beschäftigung ist um sich besser kennenzulernen und kalte Nächte zu verbringen. Sie legen sehr viel Wert auf Sauberkeit. Ich fühlte mich hier zuhause und wohl und würde diese Gastfamilie jedem weiterempfehlen. :)
4 weeks, March 2019
Value for money (2 / 5)
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42 years old - Germany
/ 5
Klassenräume sind nur durch Glaswände voneinander getrennt, also sehr hellhörig
4 weeks, September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
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Testimonials

Mirjam Hafner
Mirjam Hafner
Ali Baba, Amman
Duration: 4 weeks

After a year of Arabic classes at the university, I took the time to go on a language stay in Jordan. The least I can say is that it was worth it!

The Ali Baba school of Amman was 5 minutes away from my residence. In the area, there were a lot of cheap and friendly restaurants as well as a bookstore and small supermarkets.

About the school: my teacher was a woman, her classes were excellent and she taught with a lot of fantasy and humour. During the class, we only spoke Arabic, which was difficult at the beginning but turned out to be essential to make fast progress.

Within only 4 weeks, we learned the main common expressions and revised the grammar’s basic. My pronunciation greatly improved since. Today I am able to have a real conversation. People in the street really contributed for they were always very courteous and open minded, happy with my approach to speak Arabic with them.

The school organized fantastic excursions with the other students on a regular basis. It was not a problem to organize an excursion yourself. The big plus of the Ali Baba school was the possibility offered to the students learning Arabic to be in contact with Jordanian speakers. Thus, beautiful opportunities to meet with the locals occurred and a real cultural exchange took place, which brought a lot to everyone!

Finally, it is good to mention that the climate in Amman is really pleasant. In June, the temperature never went beyond 30 degrees and the wind cooled down the city continuously. That is due to the fact tat the city is located one thousand meters above sea level.

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Suites (private apartment)
Equipped with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen area and small living room, these small apartments are a great option for one or two people wishing to enjoy an independent lifestyle. Suites are very popular with couples and students from the university, but can also be occupied by small families, who live there in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Internet access is available at an extra charge.

Residence (all-male or all-female)
Students of all ages have the option of staying in a modern all-male or all-female residence within walking distance of the school building. All students will have their own studio, equipped with a bedroom, a private bathroom and a kitchenette. Most guests are Jordanians, making the residence a nice environment for cultural exchange. Internet facilities are offered free of charge. This is a self-catering option. Staying in the town centre, you will be able to enjoy great independence and choose from a wide range of restaurants and cafés for your meals.

Host family (option offered to women)
Staying with a Jordanian family for whom hospitality is part of heritage, you will occupy a single bedroom and share the common areas as well as the bathroom with your hosts. Breakfast and dinner are served in the host family. Families live a maximum of 30 minutes away from the course centre by taxi (a cheap and convenient means of transportation). This option is less popular in Jordan and is rather designed for women.

Hotel
The language school offers you the chance to stay in a 3- or 4-star hotel, within walking distance of the course centre. All bedrooms are equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, internet access (at a charge) and a refrigerator. You will choose from a single or double bedroom. 5-start hotels are also available, but they are located approximately 10 minutes’ drive to the school building. Price on request

In order to enhance your experience in immersion, our partner school runs an exchange programme which consists of putting participants in contact with local students from the University of Jordan. As part of this programme, group sessions will be arranged, allowing students to exchange their views about various cultural and historical topics.

Every Saturday, the school organises guided trips to major historical or cultural sites in the country. This is a great opportunity to practise Arabic in everyday life situations with your guides and other international participants. You will be fascinated by the amazing richness of the places you will visit, including Jerash and its Roman ruins, the Desert Castles and the Dead Sea, less than 2 hours away, let alone the Nabatean city of Petra, which is located 200 km to the capital.

Visiting the city of Amman and exploring its markets, shops, cafés and restaurants is an exciting thing to do. It will help you get a better understanding of the local language and culture. The lower part of the city is located at the foot of the Citadel Mountain (Jebel el Qala'a). Leaning against the hill, the 2nd century restored Roman theatre could seat about 6000 spectators. Be sure to visit the souks around King Hussein Mosque and get some gold and local spices. The Citadel, of which only a few vestiges of the Roman fortification walls are left, is built on an L-shaped rock overlooking the lower part of town, offering a superb view of Amman and its 19 hills. On the same site, another must-see attraction is the Temple of Hercules, which was once the greatest monument of the acropolis. El Qasr is a spectacular, cross-shaped hall decorated with elaborate flowery and geometrical ornaments, which remains from the palatial complex of the late Umayyad Golden Age (8th century).

During your language course in Jordan, also visit the Red Sea and the beach resort of Aqaba, the superb desert of Wadi Rum and, why not, Jerusalem...

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