CET Jordan offers unparalleled language instruction and a curriculum tailored to your interests. 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.
Curriculum & Syllabi
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.
Option 1: Intensive language
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:
Option 2: InteRNSHIP
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:
Option 3: RESEARCH
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:
With three different concentrations, you decide how you want to explore Jordan this summer. The Intensive Language track focuses on language gains, Internship allows for professional growth, and the Research concentration gives you room to explore your own interests under the guidance of a knowledgeable faculty member. And if you’re not an Intensive Language student, you can take curricular flexibility one step further by choosing your own language pledge.
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 your 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 shawarma? Looking to practice a tricky grammar pattern? Sharing an apartment with a local roommate gives you a local resource from day one—not to mention 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 galayat bandura (pan-fried tomato dish) 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 picking up ingredients at the spice market or watching the sunset from the Citadel after dinner downtown. Or enjoy the 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 Arabic calligraphy or marble painting. Take a cooking class. And there’s even more to see on your own or with friends—tour the Carakale Brewery, hike in Wadi Mujib, or people watch at the Citadel with your language partner.
Retreat from the City
Enjoy worry-free travel with your cohort for a 3-day retreat outside of Amman. 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.
Resident Director, Logistics
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Summer 2021: $8,990
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’ll also 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 all language levels, from beginning to advanced
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.
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.