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CET Jordan: Internship

Intern During Ramadan

Pursue an internship that fits your interests. Intern at an organization for refugees, a market-research company, or a center that works for journalistic freedom. Go to work during Ramadan—a time when business slows down, culture speeds up, and every Jordanian feels a heightened duty to conduct charity work. Then see how the pace picks up once the holiday ends.

Arabic Language, Too...

This program runs side-by-side with our intensive Arabic language program. This means you get the best of both worlds—an internship plus excellent language instruction in an Arabic-only environment, the freedom that comes from working independently plus support from the CET community of staff, teachers, roommates, and language partners.

Jordan With Local Friends

Exploring Jordan with local friends is part of the program. 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.
arrival date
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program length
recommended credits
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Summer 06/09/2017 08/04/2017 8 Weeks 8 $7,890
What’s Included
None 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 language partner. 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 UJ 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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Intern. Study. Take an OPI.

We’ll help you land an internship at one of Amman’s many non-profits or policy centers. Outside of your internship, you’ll take MSA, the language of the nightly newscasts, and Jordanian Dialect, the language between friends. Classes 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. At the end of the term, you’ll take an official Oral Proficiency Interview. Your OPI is written proof of the Arabic language gains that you’ve made…perfect for a résumé or grad school application.

Internship Possibilities

Gain practical experience, improve your language skills, build your résumé, and get an insider’s view of Amman as the city celebrates Ramadan. We make every attempt to match you with an internship placement of your choice, but the actual projects you do will be determined by your host organization.

  • Middle East Children’s Institute
  • Near East Foundation
  • Analyseize Market Research
  • Alhadaf
  • Partners-Jordan Center for Civic Collaboration
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Jordan Transparency Center
  • Madaba Foundation to Support Development
  • Debate Foundation for Enabling the Culture of Dialogue

Curriculum & Syllabi


You’ll work at your internship placement for an average of 8 hours/week, around Ramadan holiday schedules.

You also take this course:

AR397 Internship
2 credits for course + placement

Are you a Summer 2016 student?
You have a slightly different syllabus here.

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.

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.

Internship Support

We don’t land you an internship only to walk away. We make sure you’re well prepared for your job, and we’ll help you navigate your internship throughout the ebbs and flows of Ramadan.

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.