Established in 1976 by a royal decree as a state institution, the university is enjoying academic and administrative autonomy. The university follows the credit hour system, and the media of instruction are Arabic and English languages. It started with one faculty, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and now embraces eleven faculties, eight centers, a central library, two museums, a model school, and a marine science station.
The language center administers a placement test that will put the student into one of 5 levels beginning with level 1 (no experience) and leading up to level 5 (Arabic for Special Purposes, 3+ years of experience). Levels 1 and 2 entail 14-16 weeks, 20 hrs/week. Levels 3-5 entail 14-16 weeks, 15 hrs/week. The various required textbooks can be purchased at the language center. The materials include grammar textbooks along with reading/listening materials that include excerpts from Arabic newspapers/stations, the Koran, Arabic advertisements, historical pieces, etc. The four areas of focus are Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.
Visa can be acquired on entry, but best to get visa in advance for several reasons. Multiple-entry visa isn't required however, it may be a better choice depending on travel plans. the application can be found at: http://www.jordanembassyus.org/new/consular/visas.shtml