Why Intensive Language?
Intensive language learners at CET Jordan are highly motivated students ready to take on the challenge of a fully immersive experience for language gains. With our intensive curriculum for both MSA and Jordanian Dialect, your commitment to a full-time language pledge, and a housing setup designed to engage and acclimate you… language isn’t just a school subject. Feeling ready to dive into an all-Arabic environment?
Curriculum & Syllabi
You take one 6-credit MSA course, one 3-credit Jordanian Dialect course, and choose two to three 3-credit electives to meet the total 15 to 18 recommended credits.
Choose two to three 3-credit electives to meet the total 15 to 18 recommended credits.
Content Electives (taught in Arabic)
Content coursework is back-loaded and starts later in the term after your language skills have warmed up.
- AM/LANG 310 Modern History of Conflict in the Middle East: Influences on the Arab Spring
- AM/LANG 325 Current Issues in Arabic Media
- AM/LANG 330 Art of Translation
- AM/LANG 340 Jordanian Society
- AM/LANG 365 Trappings of Legitimacy: Political Parties and Religious Rhetoric
- AM/LANG 370 Culture, Politics, and Religion in Arab Theater
- AM/LANG 380 Islamic Shar’ia: Qur’an, Hadith, and the ‘Ulama
- AM/LANG 385 Marginalization & Discrimination in the Arab World: Changing Perspectives
- AM/DIRR 399 Independent Study
Course code corresponds with your own language level and will be determined on site.
Arabic Beyond the Book
Why an OPI score?
Tailor your learning to what you need. Use your weekly one-on-one office hours to workshop a tricky grammar pattern or build a more field-specific vocabulary. Learn more dialect with a language elective. And if you’re an academic year student, your spring term has you in traditional classes just three days a week—leaving you two days for customized grammar lessons, one-on-one discussions with an instructor, or even reading novels. Learning Arabic isn’t a one-size-fits-all process and CET Jordan gives you the space to grow your language skills on your own terms.
Co-Curricular Exploration in Northern Jordan
Spend the day creating promotional videos for historic sites in northern Jordan. Climb to the top of Ajloun Castle and enjoy far-reaching views of the Jordanian countryside. Marvel at the massive hippodrome in Jerash. Explore the ruins at Umm Qais and get stunning footage of the Sea of Galilee. Film on site, record a voiceover in Arabic, and then debut your work at the in-class screening to compete for best video.
Your apartment is different from what you’re used to in the US—from the typical furnishings to the home life culture. Sharing a space with local roommates, living in an apartment building with Jordanian families, and maintaining a full-time language pledge creates a homestay-like environment that brings language and cultural immersion out of the classroom and into your home. Whether you’re cooking dinner with your roommates or navigating local at-home norms, your housing turns everything into a learning experience.
Moving to Amman is quite an adjustment—classes are harder, your surroundings are new, and the culture is foreign—so we set you up with local roommates to help you acclimate to your new life abroad. Want to learn where to get the best kanafe (cheese pastry topped with syrup and pistachios)? Need to discuss some unexpected culture shock? Looking to practice a your new vocabulary words? Sharing an apartment with a local Jordanian gives you instant insider access to the city, language, and culture.
Eating in Amman
There are plenty of restaurants and cafés within walking distance of your apartment. Be sure to try mansaf, the national dish of roasted lamb served over rice. Feeling a home-cooked meal? Have a night in with your roommate and trade cooking tips as you prepare dinner together. Try making mutabbel (eggplant with tahini) or perfecting your homemade hummus.
Amman is the place to be—it’s lively, diverse, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to take your Arabic language skills for a spin. Explore the city’s traditional side by shopping at the Friday flea market or watching the sunset from the Citadel after dinner downtown. Or enjoy Amman’s more cosmopolitan perks: see a concert with friends or sip on Arabic coffee after enjoying street art in Lweibdeh.
Activities & Excursions
Each term, the program offers different extra-curricular activities that allow you to explore Amman, experience Jordanian culture, or just unwind with your friends. Relax during a yoga session. Try your hand at sand art, or even Arabic calligraphy. And there’s more to see on your own or with friends—have a barbecue outside the city, hike in Wadi Mujib, or attend a concert with your language partner.
A Weekend Away
Pack your bags for a 3-day excursion outside of Amman with your cohort. Take a dip in the Dead Sea and discover that you really do float. Gaze up at the Natabean ruins at Petra. Take a sunset jeep tour through the dunes at Wadi Rum, a spectacular valley formed by massive red cliffs. Learn about Bedouin culture. At night, in true Bedouin fashion, stay up late chatting, drinking tea, and playing cards with your peers, roommates, and language partners.
Spring/Fall 2020: $18,390
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
You receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and UJ at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary
Note on Medical Expenses: Students should expect to initially pay out-of-pocket for most medical care before reimbursed for expenses by GeoBlue insurance. Estimates for common expenses include: treatment for common stomach issues ($85), therapy session ($70), & visit to a specialist ($50).
- Open to students from any US college or university
- GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
- Open to students who have completed at least 2 semesters of college-level Arabic
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous language instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Though you take an in-depth placement exam on site, the language evaluation form in your online CET account helps staff get a better idea of your abilities before your arrival.
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.