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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Kelly Jo Bahry Advising Required: Yes
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: Arabic, English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Program Arranged Housing, Shared Apt. Internship: Yes
Program Type: Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is This Program Right For You?

This is a well-rounded program for students of all Arabic language levels, even absolute beginners, who want to intern in Jordan while attending courses at the University of Jordan with CET, and live in nearby apartments with other CET students and Jordanian roommates.  A community of devoted staff, experienced faculty, local roommates and Arabic language partners provides unwavering support.  Students uphold a limited Arabic language pledge for the duration of the program, promising to speak only Arabic while on campus or with members of the CET community.  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.

Scholarship Opportunities

AU Abroad offers need-based AU Abroad Student Awards for up to $3000.  Students who are interested in applying for the AU Abroad Award need to do so separately from the AU Brussels application.  Please note the the scholarship application is separate from your AU Abroad application.  CET offers scholarships that can be accessed through the CET portal.

A photo of manal teachingAcademics

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.

men talking on a benchLanguage

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. This fast-paced course is based on ACTFL standards. Students take an ACTFL oral proficiency interview on site to measure their substantial progress.  This course is worth 6 credits.

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


student talking with a speakerAn internship is an excellent way to improve language skills and gain practical experience, but it is also a chance to give back to the host community and get an insider’s view of Amman—an up-and-coming city ripe with potential - all for academic credit.  CET makes every attempt to match students with placements of their choice, but specific projects are always determined by the host. In this way, students can be sure that their work is truly contributing to the organization.

All students participate in an internship at a local organization during the semester for at least eight hours a week.  Students are also required to meet in class and study readings that contextualizes on-site experiences as well as provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion. This course is worth 3 credits.  Past placements have been at these organizations:
  • Middle East Children’s Institute
  • Near East Foundation
  • Analyseize Market Research
  • Alhadaf
  • Partners-Jordan Center for Civic Collaboration
  • Jordan Transparency Center
  • Madaba Foundation to Support Development
  • Debate Foundation for Enabling the Culture of Dialogue
  • Human Rights Watch

Middle East Studies

All students take one elective in Middle East studies. Academic disciplines include: political science, history, religion, economics, international relations. All of these courses are taught in English and are worth three credits each.  Students may swap one of these courses for an Independent Study of their choice 2 credits.

Please find course syllabi and course descriptions here.

Course Equivalency

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.

CET Staff and Faculty

CET Jordan staff are a vital part of the Amman experience in this program, and are highly regarded by current students and alumni.

Faculty either come from the host university, the University of Jordan, or are hired independently by CET. Faculty 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.

Student Life

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 selected 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.

students pose for a photo in petraAcademic Excursions

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.

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.  It is the responsibility of all students to make sure they are aware of visa requirements.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/29/2018 05/11/2019
NOTE: End date is tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/29/2018 12/14/2018
Spring 2019 10/12/2018 ** Varies by program 01/28/2019 05/14/2019
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** 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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