Is this program right for you?
This program 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 CET student 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.
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 syllabi 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.
AU Abroad offers Mobility Awards
which are merit based scholarships every semester for up to $2500. Please note the Mobility Award application is separate from your AU Abroad application. CET offers scholarships
between $500 - $2000 that can be accessed through their CET portal.
CET Staff and Faculty
CET Jordan staff are a vital part of the Amman experience in this program.
Faculty either come from the host university, The University of Jordan, or are hired independently by CET. They typically hold a PhD in their field and have extensive experience teaching US students. Faculty receive ongoing training from CET. The Academic Director regularly observes class sessions and responds carefully to student feedback, ensuring excellence in pedagogy.
Jordan, with its stable society, burgeoning identity and wealth of cultural resources, is the perfect place for Arabic language learners to cut their teeth in the Arab world. The capital city of Amman is known for its approachability—first-timers feel comfortable exploring and applying their newly-minted language skills. And as they explore, students get to know the city’s diverse sides—sparking shopping malls next to traditional markets, independent film screenings next to traditional music concerts, international companies next to up-and-coming start-ups. Internships within Amman’s expanding business and social sectors allow students to delve one step deeper into their host society, gradually coming to understand the complex layers of influence and exchange in this fascinating capital.
CET Jordan creates chance after chance for students to practice their language skills. Students might take a cooking class in dialect, join a University club, or stroll through the National Gallery of Fine Arts. There are also lighter activities, meant for unwinding on the weekends—movie nights, pick-up soccer matches, ceramics classes, or dance performances.
Housing and Meals
CET Jordan students love their housing. They share off-campus apartments with local roommates—typically one roommate for every two to three CET students. Student roommates are selected from The University of Jordan by CET. Students and roommates enjoy Amman together—they shop for knick knacks in colorful markets, chat about weekend plans over plates of kanafe (cheese pastry drenched in syrup and topped with pistachios), or simply find a corner of the Roman Amphitheater to enjoy the quiet.
Apartments are new and well-outfitted: furnishings, satellite TV (great for watching Arabic soap operas!), a balcony, air conditioning, an equipped kitchen and a washing machine. Apartments are typically about a 10-minute walk from campus.
For meals, some students cook for themselves. Others explore the city’s many inexpensive restaurants and eateries.
Water is scarce in Jordan, and students will need to limit their water use in and out of the apartments. Students should expect to take very short showers and not keep water running when washing dishes.
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.
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.
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.