Why Pre-College in
Spend summer in Amman studying Jordan and the Middle East through the lens of youth culture and civic engagement. With a core course, conversational Arabic class, and out-of-class learning and assignments, you end the summer with a more informed perspective on the Middle East and the young people creating change on the ground.
Coursework & Syllabi
Your Global Perspectives class focuses on the civic engagement of Jordanian youth in the Middle East, while your conversational Arabic class gives you a crash course in the language you need for daily life in Amman.
This core course helps you understand the Middle East from a different perspective—through the eyes and local efforts of Jordanian youth. Examine the role of civic engagement in Jordanian youth culture and how it shapes the world around them. In-class discussions are paired with real world experiences as you visit local organizations and better understand the culture of Amman and Jordan.
- ANTH 134 Jordanian Youth Culture and Civic Engagement
3 credits | 45 hours
This course provides you with a basic introduction to Modern Standard Arabic and is more of a “Survival Arabic” course. It is not expected to replace any level of college-level Arabic, rather it is meant to give you a taste of the language and ignite interest in future language study. This course sticks to the basics, but also includes some vocabulary words that are relevant to the core course on the civic engagement of Jordanian youth.
- LANG 105 Beginner Conversational Arabic
1 credit | 15 hours
- LANG 205 Intermediate Conversational Arabic
1 credit | 15 hours
Change Your Understanding of the Middle East
Two thirds of the Jordanian population is under the age of 30. During your summer in Amman, you explore youth influences on events like the Arab Spring, learn how modern Jordanians are working to reshape their world, and see how refugees are changing the face of Jordan. Your professors focus on getting you out of the classroom and into the real world where you witness these change firsthand.
Learning around Amman
Both of your courses emphasize learning by experiencing. Each summer is different, but you might:
You share a room in an apartment with other CET students, just a quick commute from where your classes are held. A Group Leader or Resident Advisor lives in the same apartment and regularly plans activities and outings for you and your peers. And to top it all off, your apartment is authentically Jordanian—from the typical furnishing to the families that also live in the building—for cultural immersion in your home life, too.
Experience Campus Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language…you’re in for a summer of learning. But with round-the-clock support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Eating in Amman
Most meals are taken with the group, and your neighborhood in Amman is a food haven. Decide between local favorites like shwarma (thinly sliced beef, chicken, or lamb wrapped in a pita), mansaf (Jordan’s national dish of lamb served over rice) or even international cuisine. You can find Western chains like Starbucks in Amman, but challenge your classmates to try local Arabic coffee instead.
People come to Amman to experience the cultural center of Jordan. The many immigrants bring local culture to each neighborhood, fill the city with a fabulous variety of food, and make the city vibrant and diverse. Amid all of this modern culture, Jordan has a world of history, from the Roman Amphitheater to the Silk Road ruins, and beautiful natural areas like the Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum.
Out and About
Each term, the program offers different ways for you and your peers to explore Amman and get to know Jordanian culture. Go with your group to see Amman’s spice market and pick up a few flavorful touches for dinner. Head to King Hussein Park to relax with classmates during the weekend. Explore El Lweibdeh, a walkable neighborhood with lively shops and plenty of street art. Watch the sunset from the Citadel during a class visit to Wasat Al-Balad.
Away From the City
Pack your bags and get ready to experience Jordan beyond Amman. Explore northern Jordan on a day-long excursion that takes you to Umm Qais, Aljoun, and Jerash. And when it’s time for the weekend excursion, you head to southern Jordan. Take a dip in the Dead Sea, gaze up at the Natabean ruins at Petra, and take a sunset jeep tour through the dunes at Wadi Rum before learning about Bedouin culture during a short talk and traditional cooking demonstration.
Summer Fees: TBA
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in an apartment. On-site staff live in the same unit for round-the-clock support.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You’ll receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
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.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
Questions? Get in touch!
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.