Is this program right for you?
Students interested in this program have their sights set on mastering Arabic in Amman while Jordan observes Ramadan. Language learning, language partners, local roommates and a language pledge ensure that each student returns home well versed in Arabic and its contexts. This program is for serious students with at least two terms of previous Arabic language study under their belt. Student blog entries from Jordan can give potential students a taste of what life is like with CET in Amman. How CET addresses security can be found here. Eight credits are earned on this program.
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) 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 (4 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 (2 credits)
. This is a front loaded course that targets the everyday language essential for living in Jordan.
All students participate in an internship at a local organization (2 credits)
. Students also take Issues in the Jordanian Workplace
, a course that contextualizes on-the-ground experiences and provides an opportunity for reflection and discussion.
The CET summer Jordan 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 summer language intensive AU Abroad Awards
which are merit based scholarships up to $1500. Please note the application is separate from your AU Abroad application. CET offers scholarships between $500 - $2000
that can be accessed through their CET portal.
Jordan, with its stable society, burgeoning identity and wealth of cultural resources, is the perfect setting for Arabic language learning. Amman, the country’s capital, is known for its approachability—visitors feel comfortable trying out their language skills. And as Amman is a hub for Jordanians from across the country, students are exposed to Arabic’s diverse sub-dialects and accents, exposure that serves them well as they attend one of the city’s many concerts, events or sporting matches. Indeed, this multi-layered city offers an array of outlets, each open to student discovery—sparking shopping malls sit next to traditional markets, independent films screen next to traditional music concerts, international companies stand next to up-and-coming start-ups.
Two or three CET students share an apartment with one Jordanian student.
Apartments offer fully equipped kitchens, televisions (great for Arabic practice) and washing machines. Want to learn where to get the best kanafe (cheese pastry topped with syrup and pistachios)? The best place for an impromptu picnic? How to get really good at bargaining? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city, language, and culture. More importantly, it gives you someone to share the city, language, and culture with. And you’ll have more in common with your roommate than you may think: our roommates come from all over Jordan, from every socioeconomic level, and may even be living on their own for the first time, too.
Staff & Faculty
Three CET staff members
(two from the region and one from the United States) with years of experience live in the same building as students to help students deal with every day living as well as academics, housing, excursions, group activities, or just to listen. CET staff are dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for students and have a plethora of experience. As Academic Director, Manal Yosef manages all issues related to Arabic curricula, including developing syllabi, overseeing language instruction and the language partner program, and conducting teacher training seminars. Mazen Bernieh administers all non-academic aspects of the program.
Your Arabic language instructors are seasoned teachers, hand-picked by CET from either the host university or other institutions. Since the program’s curriculum is flexible and unique to CET, instructors undergo extensive training with the Academic Director before they take the reigns of a class. The faculty who teach your content-based language courses typically hold a PhD in their field and have experience teaching foreign students.
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.
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 this process.