Gap at CET Jordan

Seasoned, Highly trained faculty

Dedicated, Highly-Trained Faculty

Your instructors are a group of energetic and passionate teachers, eager to share their language, culture, and expertise with all those interested. Since the program’s curriculum is flexible and unique to CET, all instructors undergo extensive training with the Academic Director before classes begin. Some of your classes also include academic partners. These are teachers-in-training who attend some classes and expose you to different accents and serve as partners for group work.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

The Academic Director oversees the curriculum, manages the faculty, and monitors courses. Do you have particular learning needs? Do you need advice for keeping up with the class pace? The Academic Director will provide you with the support you need.

Programming staff handle excursions, internships, and day-to-day logistics. They are also trained in emergency prevention and management. Have a question about your apartment? Need to see a doctor? Just want some advice on where to go? Programming staff are your best resource.

CET Jordan Faculty and Staff
Manal Yosef
Ms. Manal Yosef has over a decade of experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Her previous positions include Academic Director and Senior Instructor for the Arabic Flagship Overseas program; Senior Instructor, Course Coordinator and Curriculum Developer for the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program; and several other leadership roles for international programs at the University of Damascus. Manal has participated in extensive teacher training workshops through The Ohio State University and the University of Maryland, and is a certified ACFTL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester. As Academic Director, Manal manages all issues related to Arabic curricula, including developing syllabi, overseeing language instruction and the language partner program, and conducting teacher training seminars.

Manal Yosef

Jordan Academic Director

Mazen Bernieh
Mazen’s interest in international education began in 2008 when he began working as a coordinator for the Arabic Overseas Flagship program at the University of Damascus. He quickly realized his passion for helping foreign students adapt to life in the Middle East. While overseeing the Flagship program, Mazen also served as an administrative coordinator for the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) program in Damascus. Relying on this experience, Mazen now helps CET students adjust to their host culture in Jordan. Mazen administers all non-academic aspects of the program. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, reading, football and the occasional sheesha.

Mazen Bernieh

Jordan Resident Director, Logistics

Ahmad AbuShaikha
Ahmad is a proud Ammani who has been in the study abroad field for the past 10 years. After graduating from The Hashemite University with a BS in Cultural Heritage Management (2007), he turned his focus to sharing the jewels of Jordan with students. Ahmad completed an MA in International Development at the University of Sussex (2018) in the United Kingdom and is committed to creating sustainable opportunities for community engagement with students. In his free time, Ahmad enjoys cooking, traveling, and music.

Ahmad AbuShaikha

Jordan Resident Director, Student Life