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Jordan: Intensive Arabic and Cultural Studies in Amman (CET)
Amman, Jordan (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: AU- applicants only
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Housing: Dormitory 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 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. This program includes intensive language study with area studies elective courses taught in English or Arabic.

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.

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.


Fall and spring students enroll in one of two program tracks:  Track 1 is for intermediate students, and Track 2 is for advanced students.

Track 1 (intermediate) students take:

  • Modern Standard Arabic (MSA): 8 hours/week (6 credits)
  • Levantine Dialect: 6 hours/week (3 credits)
  • Two area studies courses taught in English: 3 hours/week/credits each

Area studies course topics may include history, international relations and Middle East culture.

Track 2 (advanced) students take:

  • Modern Standard Arabic (MSA): 8 hours/week (6 credits)
  • Levantine Dialect: 6 hours/week (3 credits)
  • Two area studies courses taught in Arabic: 3 hours/week/credits each

Area studies course topics may include Arabic literature, translation, current events, and independent studies focused on student interests.

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 LifeHousing

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 American who is a former student of the CET Irbid program) 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 Irbid. 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 visa upon arrival at the Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan.  Currently, a single-entry Jordanian visa costs 10 JD (approximately $14).  This price is subject to change.  During your stay in Amman, CET will help facilitate extensions of the visas.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 03/20/2014
Varies by program TBA TBA
Fall 2014 03/20/2014
Varies by program 08/28/2014 12/13/2014
Spring 2015 09/24/2014 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** 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.

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