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CET Jordan: Intensive Language

Total Arabic Immersion

You’ll take a full load of Arabic language classes, live with a local roommate, meet with an Arabic language partner, attend language activities, and if that’s not enough, you’ll uphold a full-time language pledge, too. It won’t be easy, but when Arabic starts pouring out of your mouth without your thinking about it, we think you’ll agree that it’s worth the effort.

Community Approach to City Living

One of the hard parts of studying abroad is finding a community overseas. At CET, we set that up for you. You’ll walk into a supportive network of staff, teachers, roommates, and language & academic partners who care as much about your wellbeing as they do about your progress in the program. And when you’re done, our alumni network waits to welcome you home.

Explore Jordan

Devoting your summer to Arabic doesn’t mean locking yourself in a classroom. One assignment takes you, roommates, and language partners to Ajloun Castle to film a tourism video (you provide the Arabic voiceover). The group also goes on an overnight retreat— drink tea under the stars, sleep in the desert near Wadi Rum, view ruins at Umm Qais, learn debke, a traditional Jordanian dance.

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Summer 06/09/2017 08/04/2017 8 Weeks 8 $7,890
What’s Included
2 Semesters of Arabic March 1
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Daily Life in Amman

Make friends with a shop owner at the local market, and then observe what happens to the local market during Ramadan. See how your roommate handles fasting (try fasting yourself if you’d like!) Head to a holiday concert with your teacher. Amman, a city already buzzing with culture, offers a whole new experience during Ramadan, the most important month of the year.

The University of Jordan

The program is based at The University of Jordan in Amman. The large campus offers many resources—study at the library or exercise at the track. Your JU student ID card gets you reduced fees at many of the city’s historical and archaeological sites.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share an off-campus apartment with local roommates. Apartments are great—new, fully furnished, air-conditioned, and only a 10-minute walk from campus. For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eateries.

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Improve Your Arabic. Take an OPI.

You’ll take MSA, the language of the nightly newscasts, and Jordanian Dialect, the language between friends. Class sessions get you practicing your skills in real life settings. Read about the Dead Sea before you visit, and present about its history and when you return. Bargain at the Friday flea market. Take a hike with your roommate, and describe what you saw (and ate!) to your language partner. You’ll cover an entire year of material in 8 weeks. But don’t take our word for it. At the end of the term, you’ll take an official Oral Proficiency Interview. Most students jump an astounding three sub-levels. OPI scores are written proof of what you’ve accomplished…perfect for putting on a résumé or grad school application.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Modern Standard Arabic

Faculty Spotlight

Manal Yosef, Academic Director

Ms. Manal Yosef has over a decade of experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Before coming to CET, she served in leadership roles at the Arabic Flagship Overseas program, the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), and the University of Damascus. Manal has completed teacher training workshops through The Ohio State University and the University of Maryland, and is a certified ACFTL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester. As Academic Director, Manal handpicks instructors, runs an extensive teacher training program, and works meticulously to ensure that the curriculum meets the learning needs of each and every student.

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $5,890 goes to tuition & fees, and $2,000 goes to housing.


$7,890/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,350 for airfare and $720 for meals. Students typically spend about $520 on personal expenses, too.

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What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.

Housing Close to Campus

We arrange your housing in a fully-furnished apartment about a 10-minute walk from campus. Everything you need is within walking distance. No commuting necessary.

Local Roommates & Language Partners

We make sure that you have a community of support. Local roommates, language partners, and in-class academic partners are all a part of the on-site experience.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Amman. And we’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the term.

Official OPI

We cover the official Oral Proficiency Interview that you’ll take on site. You keep your scores to put on your résumé…or just hang on the fridge.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Jordan, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

Price Subject to Change

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.