CET Jordan: Intensive Language

Amman, Jordan

If you want to learn Arabic, stable and culturally rich Jordan is the place to be. And living in Amman, you’ll have a front row seat to the remarkable diversity and vibrant Arab culture. You’ll also get to practice your Arabic while shopping in a traditional market, visiting the King’s Car Museum, or walking along Rainbow Street with your friends.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share an off-campus apartment with local roommates and other CET students. Everything you need—supermarkets, cafés, restaurants—is within walking distance. Your housing is not just a place to live, it’s an extension of your Arabic language classroom. You’ll use your language skills to help you navigate your new life, and immerse yourself in Jordanian culture and customs. It won’t be just like living on-campus in the US, but the insight, friendships, and experiences you gain will stay with you long after the program ends.

For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eats. Be sure to try mansaf, the national dish of roasted lamb served over rice. Or let your roommate help you prepare a simple dinner of hummus and mutabbel (eggplant with tahini) for your new Jordanian friends.

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Local Roommates

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 access to the city, language, and culture. More importantly, it gives you someone to enjoy the city, language, and culture with.

The University of Jordan

The program is based at The University of Jordan in Amman, a large institution of over 35,000 students. The large campus offers many resources, including access to the library, green spaces, and a running track. You’ll also receive a UJ student ID card, which will get you reduced fees at many of the city’s historical and archaeological sites.

Conveniently situated, the CET Center is located within the Office of International Relations building. This is where you’ll take your classes, meet with staff, use the wifi, or just hang out with peers.

Staying Safe in the Middle East

The Middle East is undeniably a volatile part of the world. However, Jordan is a safe and stable country within the region. We wouldn’t send students there, or ask staff to live there, if it weren’t.

In addition, we carefully monitor the situation in the Middle East using every resource at our fingertips: local staff, contacts in the field, a wide array of news sources, and the US Department of State. We also maintain person-to-person contact with the US Embassy in Amman.

We use this information to keep you, your parents, and your school informed about important security matters on our News & Alerts page. And when warranted, we take prompt action, like program evacuation or relocation.

Still have concerns? Please contact us! We’re here to help.