Is This Program Right For You?
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. A community of devoted staff, experienced faculty, local roommates and Arabic language partners provides unwavering support. Student blog entries from Jordan
can give potential students a taste of what life is like with CET in Amman. Students earn 15 or 16 credits a semester on this program.
CET Jordan is a study abroad program for serious students. Classes move quickly and usually require one hour of prep time for every hour of class time. Out-of-class assignments help fill up afternoons and weekends.
Students take all of their courses at the University of Jordan in Amman. Founded in 1962, the University is the oldest institution of higher learning in modern-day Jordan and boasts a student population of over 35,000. CET students have full access to the University’s facilities—a large campus, an expansive library, computer labs, a museum and a running track—and their University-issued student ID card gets them inexpensive access to many of the city’s historical and archaeological sites.
The CET Arabic Language curriculum is designed to adapt to the changing needs and interests of students. There are no cookie-cutter terms at CET Jordan. Instead, staff prioritize individual student learning needs and create activities, both inside the classroom and out, that foster each student’s growth and achievement.
Each CET Jordan course takes students out of the classroom —students conduct a public opinion poll of local students, visit Roman castle ruins to practice describing architectural structures, or head out to lunch with teachers to practice ordering from a restaurant.
The program is structured to give students the tools they need to start functioning in the host society as quickly as possible. Modern Standard Arabic and/or Jordanian Dialect courses launch the term, meeting intensively for the first segment of the program. Afterwards, these courses continue at a slower pace and other courses begin. This “front loading” helps get students off to the races and communicating in Arabic from the first day of the program.
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.
Middle East Studies
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.
View the Course Equivalency Database 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. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Every semester AU Abroad offers AU Abroad Student Awards
, which are need-based scholarships for up to $2500. Please note the the scholarship 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 arranges local activities, as well as academic excursions
to some of the wonders of the region. Students might visit Wadi Rum, a spectacular valley formed by massive red cliffs, and take a sunset jeep tour through the dunes past stunning rock formations. They might head to the Dead Sea for a salt water dip and a sea water facial. They might climb to the top of Ajloun Castle to enjoy gorgeous views of the Jordanian countryside. Or they might marvel at the beautifully preserved Roman hippodrome in Jerash and imagine the chariot races that once happened there.
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. It is the responsibility of all students to make sure they are aware of visa requirements.