Why Pre-College in
Pre-College at CET Jordan students are looking for a summer of immersive learning to begin or strengthen their foundation of Arabic studies. With passionate teachers, small class sizes for plenty of individual attention, and even Arabic language partners, summer in Amman sets you up for long-term language learning success.
Coursework & Syllabi
You take one comprehensive course that offers an intensive exploration of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Your level is determined by your previous experience and the on-site placement test.
You are placed into a 4-credit language course that offers intensive instruction with small class sizes and out-of-class learning and assignments for real world practice. Each course is equivalent to one semester of college-level MSA. Your course focuses on language development for success in life in Amman and further studies.
- LANG 115 Elementary Arabic
4 credits | 64 hours
- LANG 215 Intermediate Arabic
4 credits | 64 hours
Develop Your Arabic
Intensive Arabic class means you take 20 hours of Modern Standard Arabic each week. That pace, combined with small class sizes (no more than 10!), out-of-class assignments, and an Arabic language partner… your language gains are hard-earned and well-deserved. It might sound challenging, but with the support of your peers, dedicated teachers, and on-site staff, you leave Amman with skills to be proud of and study habits that set you up for long-term language learning success.
Practice Around Amman
Learning grammar and vocabulary in a classroom helps with language acquisition, but it’s conversation and real life experience that translate into real language gains. 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 building 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 College 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 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.
Your Amman Itinerary
Summers with CET are packed with classes, activities around the city, and even regional travel. These are a few highlights to give you a better idea of what your summer might look like outside the classroom.
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.
2020 Summer Fees
2020 Summer Fees: $6,190
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your tuition. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in a Beijing Union University dorm suite. On-site staff live on the same floor 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.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, or a recent graduate not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are 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.
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. If you already have language experience, your recommendation should come from a previous MSA instructor.
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.