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Gap at CET Jordan

Amman, Jordan

As Jordan’s cultural capital, 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 Amman’s traditional side: check out the Friday flea market, or pick up some za’atar (thyme spice blend) at the spice market for relatives back home. Head to Wasat Al-Balad and watch the sunset from the Citadel after dinner at the legendary restaurant Hashem. Or enjoy the city’s cosmopolitan perks: see a concert with friends, explore the many art galleries, or sip on Arabic coffee after enjoying street art in Lweibdeh. And if you need a break from city life, go and see the beautiful canyons and waterfalls outside of town. Exploration is rewarded in a place like Amman.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share an off-campus apartment with local roommates and other CET gap and college students. Everything you need—supermarkets, cafés, restaurants—is within walking distance. Your housing is not just a place to live, it’s an extension of your Arabic language classroom and a daily opportunity for cultural exchange. You’ll use your language skills to help you navigate your new life, and immerse yourself in Jordanian culture and customs. Studying in Jordan will be different from studying in the US, but the insight, friendships, and experiences you gain will stay with you long after the program ends.

For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eats. Be sure to try mansaf, the national dish of roasted lamb served over rice. Or let your roommate help you prepare a simple dinner of hummus and mutabbel (eggplant with tahini) for your new Jordanian friends.

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Jordanian roommates and students

Local Roommates

Living in Amman will be different. You might face parts of the culture you don’t understand. English may very well have disappeared from your surroundings. And basic things, like navigating a market or ordering at a restaurant, are processes you suddenly have to relearn. These challenges are exactly what’s exciting about studying abroad—and your local roommates are your go-to resource for all things Jordan. Sure, they might tell you which day trips to go on, teach you how to fry the perfect falafel, or introduce you to an Arabic soap opera, but what they’re really doing is bringing local culture and language into your everyday life.

Local roommates are The University of Jordan students selected by CET. We look for roommates who are enthusiastic about the program and excited to share their culture with a new foreign friend.

Extra Support for Gap Students

With the sudden dive into intensive college-level courses, a brand new environment, and a foreign language and culture, we make sure that our gap students get a little extra support. You’ll have weekly meetings in English with the Resident Director and other gap students to unpack your experiences. Overwhelmed by culture shock? Need ideas for how to bond with your roommate? Or maybe you just want to exchange tips for language practice with other gap students. These weekly meetings provide a safe space for gap students to discuss and reflect, though all students are always welcome to approach staff with any issues.

Staying Safe in the Middle East

The Middle East is undeniably a volatile part of the world. However, Jordan is a safe and stable country within the region. We wouldn’t send students there, or ask staff to live there, if it weren’t.

In addition, we carefully monitor the situation in the Middle East using every resource at our fingertips: local staff, contacts in the field, a wide array of news sources, and the US Department of State. We also maintain person-to-person contact with the US Embassy in Amman.

We use this information to keep you, your parents, and your school informed about important security matters on our News & Alerts page. And when warranted, we take prompt action, like program evacuation or relocation.

Still have concerns? Please contact us! We’re here to help.