Study abroad programs for college and gap students
CET Jordan offers unparalleled Arabic language instruction and a curriculum tailored to your interests for your summer study abroad. Choose one academic concentration to guide your summer (Intensive Language, Internship, or Research), then take on engaging courses, out-of-class learning, and even a housing setup designed for round-the-clock immersion.
This program offers three curriculum options in the summer: Intensive Language, Internship, and Research. All options combine various courses for a total of 6 to 9 recommended credits.
You commit to a full language pledge and combine one Modern Standard Arabic course and one Jordanian Dialect course for a total of 9 recommended credits.
You are placed into one of these 6-credit courses:
You commit to a full or limited language pledge and combine one Modern Standard Arabic course, one Jordanian Dialect course, and an internship component for a total of 6 to 9 recommended credits.
If you choose to participate in an internship for academic credit, your placement and this course provide 3 credits. Your class and work hours will add up to a minimum total of 100 hours.
If you don’t need academic credit, you can choose this not-for-credit option:
Note: Internship placements start approximately two weeks into the term, after you’ve had a chance to warm up your Arabic.
You are placed into one of these 4-credit courses:
You commit to a full or limited language pledge and combine one Modern Standard Arabic course, one Jordanian Dialect course, and a research component for a total of 9 recommended credits.
You are placed into one of these 4-credit courses:
You are placed into one of these 2-credit courses:
You complete a formal research project under close academic supervision for 3 credits. This also includes a Research Methods and Ethics component:
Intensive language. You take MSA, the language of the nightly newscasts, and Jordanian Dialect, the language between friends. On top of that, you meet with your language partner weekly, navigate your daily life with your chosen language pledge, and even take an official Oral Proficiency Interview—written proof of your language gains.
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 housemates and trade cooking tips as you prepare dinner together. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in 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.
Beyond Amman. Get ready for a unforgettable 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.
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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.
At the end of your term, you’ll receive academic documentation as proof of all you’ve accomplished abroad. Depending on your home institution, you will either get a CET grade report or a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Get a list of possible internship placements in Jordan.