Skip to Content
AU Abroad American University Washington, DC
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
Jordan: Intensive Arabic and Cultural Studies in Amman (CET)
Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: AU- applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Program Arranged Housing, Shared Apt. Language Pre-requisite: 4 semesters of Arabic (or equivalent)
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Internship: No
Advisor: Kelly Jo Bahry Minimum GPA: 3
Class Level Required for Admission: Junior standing
Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

This program has recently moved to Amman from Irbid, and is designed for a intermediate to advanced Arabic language student who is looking for a challenging study abroad experience heavily focused on learning Arabic.  The program's curriculum is designed to improve Arabic language skills rapidly and accurately, therefore each student must take a language pledge.  Students take courses at the University of Jordan in Amman and have a study abroad roommate and a Jordanian roommate.  Student blog entries from Jordan can give potential students a taste of what life is like with CET in Amman. This program includes intensive language study with area studies elective courses taught in Arabic, and is worth 14 or 16 credits a semester.

Academics CETstudents on the rock

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), Media Arabic, 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.

All students take Modern Standard Arabic (6 credits).  This fast-paced course is based on ACTFL standards. Students take an ACTFL oral proficiency interview on site to measure their substantial progress.

All students take Jordanian Dialect (4 credits). This is a front loaded course that targets the everyday language essential for living in Jordan.

All students take two content-based Arabic language courses (3 credits each). These are language courses, taught in Arabic, that examine specific topics, such as the history, religion or politics of the Arab world. Learning about these subjects in Arabic is a new experience for most students, and adds extraordinary depth to language skills.  Students may swap one of these courses for an Independent Study of their choice (2 credits).

The syllabai to all courses 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.

Scholarship Opportunities

AU Abroad offers Mobility Awards which are merit based scholarships every semester for up to $2500.  Please note the Mobility Award application is seperate from your AU Abroad application.  CET offers scholarships between $500 - $2000 that can be accessed through their CET portal.

Student Life


Two CET students share an apartment with one Jordanian student. Apartments offer fully equipped kitchens, televisions (great for Arabic practice) and washing machines.


Three CET staff members (two from the region and one from the United States) with years of expierence are on site to help students deal with every day living as well as academics, housing, excursions, group activities, or just to listen.

One-Day Excursions

CET Jordan encourages students to explore every pocket of the region. 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 6 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.

Overnight Excursions

Each term, CET Jordan students venture out of the city to explore the Jordan beyond Amman. Students might:

  • Take in spectacular Petra.
  • Float in the Dead Sea, whose shoreline--at 400m below sea level--marks the lowest point on Earth.
  • Bask in the sandy beaches of Aqaba, Jordan's window to the sea
  • Camp in Wadi Rum, one of the most spectacular deserts in the Middle East full of canyons, rock bridges and hidden springs.


CET Jordan wants students to get involved. The program offers countless ways to explore Jordanian life, practice language skills and spend time with language partners and roommates.


Visa Information

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 assists students in facilitating extensions of their visas.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/11/2015
Varies by program 08/29/2015 12/12/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/11/2015
Varies by program TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/23/2015
Varies by program 01/23/2016 05/08/2016
NOTE: You must arrive to the program in Jordan on January 23rd. Your departure date from the program is May 8th.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Home Emergency Preparedness | Contact Us | Media Relations | Work at AU | Website Feedback
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Copyright © 2015 American University. Privacy | Disclosure | EEOC