Is This Program Right For You?
Students interested in this program have their sights set on mastering Arabic in Amman while Jordan observes Ramadan. Language learning, language partners, and a language pledge ensure that each student returns home well versed in Arabic and its contexts as you study at the University of Jordan and live with local roommates as well as other CET students. This program is for serious students with at least two terms of previous Arabic language study. Student blog entries
from Jordan can give potential students a taste of what life is like with CET in Amman. How CET addresses security can be found here
. Eight credits are earned on this program.
CET Jordan is based at University of Jordan at the heart of bustling Amman.
The program's language teaching methodology is both comprehensive and pragmatic--comprehensive because the curriculum includes study of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Colloquial Arabic (Levantine dialect); and pragmatic because the focus is on communicative competence. Students learn not only to function within an Arabic classroom environment, but also to communicate naturally, outside of the classroom with native Arabic speakers. To this end, every CET student is partnered with a native Jordanian Arabic language partner for multiple one-on-one sessions each week.
CET courses are on the University of Jordan campus. All students take the Arabic language course--Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits)
. This course includes some instruction of Media Arabic. With this course and the Jordanian Dialect course, students complete one year of university-level Arabic language in eight weeks.
All students take the Arabic language course--Jordanian Dialect (3 credits)
. This course targets the everyday language, essential for living in Jordan. With this course and the Modern Standard Arabic course, students complete one year of university-level Arabic language in eight weeks.
*Students are required to take both classes during the term* Syllabi can be found here
Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses
. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.
Language Class Placement
Arabic language class placement is determined by:
- The results of a written placement exam taken upon arrival in Amman
- The results of an interview conducted on site
- The student's Arabic language ability as demonstrated in the Arabic language application essay
AU Abroad offers summer language intensive AU Abroad Awards
which are merit based scholarships up to $1500. Please note the AU Abroad Award application is separate from your AU Abroad application. CET offers scholarships between $500 - $2000
that can be accessed once you begin a CET application.
Staff & Faculty
Three CET staff members
(two from the region and one from the United States) with years of experience live in the same building as students to help students deal with every day living as well as academics, housing, excursions, group activities, or just to listen. CET staff are dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for students and have a plethora of experience. As Academic Director, Manal Yosef manages all issues related to Arabic curricula, including developing syllabi, overseeing language instruction and the language partner program, and conducting teacher training seminars. Mazen Bernieh administers all non-academic aspects of the program.
Your Arabic language instructors are seasoned teachers, hand-picked by CET from either the host university or other institutions. Since the program’s curriculum is flexible and unique to CET, instructors undergo extensive training with the Academic Director before they take the reigns of a class. The faculty who teach your content-based language courses typically hold a PhD in their field and have experience teaching foreign students.
Each CET student is partnered with an Arabic language partner from the University of Jordan. Language partners--part tutors, part friends--meet weekly with CET students. They help with homework, review tricky lessons and run through language exercises.
Two or three CET students share an apartment with one Jordanian student.
Apartments offer fully equipped kitchens, televisions (great for Arabic practice) and washing machines. Want to learn where to get the best kanafe (cheese pastry topped with syrup and pistachios)? The best place for an impromptu picnic? How to get really good at bargaining? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city, language, and culture. More importantly, it gives you someone to share the city, language, and culture with. And you’ll have more in common with your roommate than you may think: our roommates come from all over Jordan, from every socioeconomic level, and may even be living on their own for the first time, too.
Students have their own kitchens to cook in, and also plenty of restaurant options to choose from. Food is not provided by the program.
To get things started, the program arranges excursions for students, language partners and roommates. Students might:
- Visit Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world, boasting an unbroken chain of human occupation for more than six millenia.
- Tour Amman, Jordan's capital, with its Umayyad Palace and Temple of Hercules ruins.
- Explore Umm Qais, a windswept village with outstanding views of the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee.
All American citizens can be issued a single entry visa for a nominal fee upon arrival at the Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan. CET can also arrange visas with prior planning through their portal.