CET Jordan Study Abroad

CET Jordan: At-A-Glance

Intensive Modern Standard Arabic & Jordanian Dialect
Internship and research opportunities
Electives in English or Arabic
Choose your own language pledge
Official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
Arabic language partner
Excursions around Jordan
Out-of-class learning and assignments





CET Jordan study abroad students get top-tier intensive language instruction with unbeatable curricular customization. Enroll in two core courses and the rest is up to you—pick engaging electives in MSA or in English, take on directed research or an internship with a local organization… you even choose your own language pledge. Combined with field-based learning, language partners, and a housing setup designed to engage and acclimate you, it’s a full semester of learning on your terms.

Academics in Jordan


Curriculum & Syllabi

You combine two core language courses and two to three 3-credit electives to meet the recommended 15 to 18 total credits.

Students at a whiteboard do Arabic language exercises

Choose your adventure in Amman

Take on immersive language learning. The curriculum emphasizes learning beyond the classroom—you have a local roommate and a language partner to practice with, a language pledge, and even take an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). 

Tailor your learning. Use weekly one-on-one office hours to workshop tricky grammar patterns. Build a vocabulary related to your internship. Academic year students can customize even more with one-on-ones with an instructor and custom grammar lessons.

Intern in Amman. If you choose to intern abroad, we match you with an organization that allows you to explore your own interests in a professional setting. Build your résumé with practical experience and test your language skills in a work environment.

Housing and Meals


Living Like a Local

Jordanian Neighbors. You live in an apartment with CET peers in a residential neighborhood of Amman. Sharing the building with you are jiran, Jordanian neighbors. The jiran are part of the program: planning activities that show you Amman, showing you how to cook authentic Jordanian dishes, and just hanging out at night when you’re taking a break from studying. Learn more about living with locals. 

Eating in Amman. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes 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. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Jordan. 

CET Jordan students at a Jordanian restaurant

Life in Amman

View of the Citadel in Amman, Jordan

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 browsing the Gold Souq. Or enjoy Amman’s more cosmopolitan perks: visit a museum with friends or sip on Arabic coffee while befriending a barista on Rainbow Street.

Experience Amman with CET

Around the city. The program offers different activities that allow you to explore Amman, experience Jordanian culture, or just unwind. Relax during a yoga session, try Arabic calligraphy or experiment with sand art. And there’s even more to see on your own.

A Weekend Away. Get ready for a 3-day excursion—swim in the Dead Sea, gaze upon the Natabean ruins at Petra, and take a sunset jeep tour through the dunes of Wadi Rum. Then in true Bedouin fashion, stay up late chatting, drinking tea, and playing cards with peers, roommates, and language partners. 

Volunteer in Amman. Give back to the community by opting to volunteer regularly with a local organization. Play with children at the King Hussein Cancer Center, lend a hand to organizations supporting refugee communities, or help distribute food to those in need. 

Student Resources

"The program also actively tries to include you into Amman's social scene. Your language partner will take you out to different locations (often to visit their families as well) and your Jordanian roommate will work hard to introduce you to his/her friends. As long as you stay open to new experiences and actively try to explore, you will make lifelong memories and friends."

—Nisreen Khokhar, Spring 2020
"It was amazing to experience life here as opposed to just studying Arabic in the university setting in the US. I loved speaking to people on the street or in taxis and I felt like people were generally nicer and more open to conversation than people in the US. "

— Anonymous Final Evaluation, Summer 2019

On-site Staff

Manal Yousef

Manal Yosef
Academic Director

Mazen Bernieh

Mazen Bernieh
Resident Director, Logistics

Ahmad AbuShaikha

Ahmad AbuShaikha
Resident Director, Student Life

"The academics are really challenging, of course, but we were able to explore a wide variety of topics in class that were really relevant to the culture, both in Jordan and in the wider Middle East. Combining that with the conversations I had with my Jordanian language partner meant that I could learn about almost any aspect of the environment and the people."

— Annaliese Gould,
Carleton College | Fall student

Program Fees



All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.

We arrange your housing in a fully-furnished apartment about a 10-minute walk from the CET center. Your program fees go toward rent, utilities, furnishing, and other management costs.
A local SIM card and basic phone plan are included with your program fee. You pay for costs up front, and on-site staff reimburse you at the end of the term. 
If you choose to conduct an internship, we help you land the job, make sure you’re prepared, and then stay in close touch with your host organization… all semester long. 
We also cover your transportation fees to and from your placement site—you pay for up-front costs and on-site staff reimburse you twice during the term.
A local network of peers provides you with cultural and language support that will transform your experience.

From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way. 

We cover the official Oral Proficiency Interview. Your scores will look great on a résumé…and on your fridge.

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!

We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll purchase your visa upon arrival and we’ll reimburse you in local currency once on site for one entry. Any additional entries needed because of personal travel are on your own.

Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.

You’ll receive a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota.

More on finances

CET Jordan study abroad student stands in front of mural that says "Shoot for your goals" with a soccer ball
Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total program fee, $14,990 goes to tuition and fees, and $4,000 goes to housing and other student life fees.

Local Cost of Living. Depending on your lifestyle, the cost of living in Amman can be very cheap or expensive. Things like groceries, restaurant prices, and taxis are cheap, but electronics, imported products, and western chains (e.g. Starbucks) are expensive.

Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: 

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).

How to Apply

  • •  Pre-requisites: None. Open to students of any Arabic level, including absolute beginners
  • •  Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation.
  • •  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

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.

Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.

Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous 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.


Fall Semester:

May 1

Spring Semester:

November 1


Have a question? Get in touch!

Melanie MacKenzie

Senior Student Services Coordinator
[email protected]

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.

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.

ACTFL Oral proficiency INTERVIEW

An ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score is an objective measure of your language progress and level. With 24 terms’ worth of data, it’s clear CET Jordan students make significant progress at any level. And if you’re an advanced learner, staying for another term more than doubles your Arabic progress. 

Internship Possibilities

We help you identify opportunities that align with your Arabic abilities, professional interests, and skills. Then, we provide you with support to make sure you have the structure and guidance to get the most out of your placement. 

Pick Your

Before the term begins, you decide on what type of language pledge commitment you want for your term in Jordan. This choice directly influences your housing and extra-curricular life, so it’s important to think carefully about your decision. 


Commit to speaking Arabic all the time—in your classes, out in the city, interacting with CET peers, and even your daily life at home. Under a full pledge, you’re housed with other full pledge students, attend extra-curricular activities together, and are challenged to consume Arabic language media/art in your free time. 

Students who uphold a full language pledge can reasonably expect to progress as follows:


Commit to speaking Arabic while in classes, at the CET Center, and on all program activities. In your free time, you’re required to speak an additional three hours of Arabic daily and the rest is up to you. You’re housed with other limited language pledge students. 
Students who uphold a limited language pledge can reasonably expect to progress as follows:

Learn More about our Programs!

where will you intern?

Get an extensive list of possible internship placements in Jordan.