CET Jordan: Intensive Language

Total Arabic Immersion

You’ll take a full load of Arabic language classes, meet with an Arabic language partner, attend language activities, and uphold a full-time language pledge. You’ll even live with a local roommate in a traditional Jordanian neighborhood for continued immersion outside of class.  It won’t be easy, but when Arabic starts pouring out of your mouth without your thinking about it, we think you’ll agree that it was well worth the effort.

Community Approach to City Living

One of the hard parts of studying abroad is finding a community overseas. But don’t worry—CET sets that up for you from day one. Not only will you learn the skills to help you navigate and thrive in Jordanian society, but you’ll also have a supportive network of staff, teachers, roommates, and peers who care about your well-being and progress. And after you’ve successfully completed your program, our alumni network is there to welcome you home.

Explore Jordan

Devoting your summer to Arabic doesn’t mean being stuck in a classroom. Take a break from studying and people watch at the Citadel. Hike in Wadi Mujib on the weekend. And with CET, you’ll go to Ajloun Castle and collaborate with roommates and language partners to film a tourism video. You’ll also go as a group on an overnight retreat, where you’ll drink tea under the stars, sleep in the desert near Wadi Rum, and view ancient ruins at Umm Qais.

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arrival date
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program length
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Summer 06/11/2019 08/09/2019 8 Weeks 8 $7,990
What’s Included
2 Semesters of Arabic March 1
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Living in Amman

Take a quick study break and stroll the University of Jordan campus grounds. Visit the National Gallery of Fine Arts. Get your housemates together and have an international potluck. Check out the spice market and buy za’atar (thyme spice blend) for a relative back home. Attend a concert with your language partner. Review for your upcoming exam at a café with some Arabic coffee. Watch the sunset at the Amman Citadel. Exploration is rewarded in a place like Amman.

The University of Jordan

The program is based at The University of Jordan in Amman. The large campus offers many resources, including access to the library and a running track. You’ll also receive a UJ student ID card, which will get you reduced fees at many of the city’s historical and archaeological sites.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share an off-campus apartment with local roommates and other CET students in a traditional Jordanian neighborhood. Apartments offer you the opportunity to experience and adapt to local life, as well as extend your Arabic language practice beyond the classroom.  The apartments are also fully furnished, air-conditioned, and have everything you need within walking distance. For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eats, or cook at home.

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Improve Your Arabic. Take an OPI.

You’ll take MSA, the language of the nightly newscasts, and Jordanian Dialect, the language between friends. The program will get you out the door, practicing Arabic where it counts. Read about the Dead Sea before you visit, and present about its history when you return. Bargain at the Friday flea market, then come back and describe to your language partner how it went. You’ll cover an entire year of material in 8 weeks. At the end of the term, you’ll take an official Oral Proficiency Interview. Most students jump an astounding three sub-levels, and OPI scores are written proof of what you’ve accomplished…perfect for putting on a résumé or grad school application.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Summer 2018 or prior? You can find your syllabi here.

Faculty Spotlight

Manal Yosef, Academic Director

Manal Yosef has over a decade of experience teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Before coming to CET, she served in leadership roles at the Arabic Flagship Overseas program, the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), and the University of Damascus. Manal has completed teacher training workshops through The Ohio State University and the University of Maryland, and is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester. As Academic Director, Manal handpicks instructors, runs an extensive teacher training program, and works meticulously to ensure that the curriculum meets the learning needs of each and every student.

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $5,990 goes to tuition & fees, and $2,000 goes to housing and other related costs.


$7,990/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $950-$1,350 for airfare and $600-$800 for meals. Students typically spend about $450-$550 on personal expenses, too.

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What's Included

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is get on the bus.

Housing Close to Campus

We arrange your housing in a fully-furnished apartment about a 10-minute walk from campus. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, and other management costs.

Local Roommates & Language Partners

A local network of peers provides you with cultural and language support that will transform your experience.

Course Materials & Transcripts

Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Amman. You’ll also receive an official transcript at the end of the term.

Official OPI

We cover the official Oral Proficiency Interview. Your scores will look great on a résumé…and on your fridge.

Medical Insurance

You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan that includes medical evacuation coverage.

Visa Fees & Support

We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You’ll purchase your visa upon arrival and we’ll reimburse you in local currency once on site.

Staff Support

From pre-departure to orientation, from on-site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.

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Application Requirements

CET’s admissions requirements include an online application form, a transcript, a foreign language writing sample, and one letter of recommendation. Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. CET programs are open to students from any US college or university.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Jordan, meals, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

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. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.