Spend the 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'll gain a more informed perspective on the Middle East and the young people creating change on the ground.
Amman, Jordan provides the perfect setting to explore academic interests and immerse in a diverse local community in the Middle East. Learn about how the next generation of Jordanians are working to reshape their world. With two thirds of the Jordanian population being under the age of 30, there’s plenty to study and learn about how this generation will influence the future of the Middle East.
Summer 2020 Update:
All 2020 CET summer programs abroad have been cancelled due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. We share in the disappointment of our students and their families who were looking forward to a summer of challenge, exploration, and new experiences. We hope you’ll keep your curiosity of the world alive during this unprecedented pause in international travel. Consider joining us next summer to strengthen your language skills or explore a new subject from a global perspective.
If you’re graduating this summer, consider joining our virtual intensive language program in Arabic. This unique program brings study abroad to you through CET’s veteran language instructors in Amman.
NEW! Summer 2020 Virtual Intensive Language and Culture Programs
Graduating seniors and gap students are eligible to join CET's college-level intensive language program for Arabic.
Take your language learning beyond an app on your phone. Connect in live, online classrooms with passionate teachers in Jordan and a couple of like-minded peers to study both language and culture. Your classes maintain an intensive pace while your curriculum is rich with cultural content. Not only will you make tremendous strides in your Arabic, you’ll also learn how best to study—setting you up for continued language learning success in the long run.
12-15 hours per week of live, synchronous sessions with CET's veteran language instructors in Jordan
Asynchronous coursework and assignments in CET's Canvas platform
Opportunities for cultural immersion through peer-to-peer interaction with language partners and virtual activities that place you in the local culture
Earn 9 credits in the target language and receive a transcript from the University of Minnesota, CET's school of record.
High School/Pre-College Abroad
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.
Jordanian Youth Culture and Civic Engagement
This course covers: understanding the Middle East through the eyes and local efforts of Jordanian youth; the role of civic engagement in Jordanian youth culture; refugees in Jordanian society; access to education and barriers to workforce entry for young people. In-class discussions are paired with real world experiences as you visit local organizations and better understand the culture of Amman and Jordan.
Conversational Arabic — 15 hours. Taught in Arabic. Beginning and Intermediate levels available.
This course provides 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 support you in your daily life in Amman. Class sessions stick to the basics, but also include some vocabulary words that are relevant to your core course.
Day Trips and Overnight Excursions
Explore El Lweibdeh, a walkable neighborhood with lively shops and plenty of street art. Pick up a few flavorful touches for dinner as you shop in Amman’s spice market. Climb to the top of Ajloun Castle and enjoy far-reaching views of the Jordanian countryside. Marvel at the massive hippodrome in Jerash and learn to dance the debke with your group.
Take a dip in the Dead Sea and discover that you really do float. Gaze up at the Natabean ruins at Petra. Take a sunset jeep tour through the dunes at Wadi Rum. Learn about Bedouin culture. At night, in true Bedouin fashion, stay up late chatting, drinking tea, and playing cards with your group.
Housing & Meals
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.
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.
Cost and Session Information
CET Jordan: Virtual Intensive Language and Culture - Summer 2020
Program Length: 8 weeks
Program Fee: $4,790
Summer 2021 program details coming soon.