Explore modern Amman while uncovering its ancient past. Focus your studies on intensive Arabic language or complete a for-credit internship while enrolling in Middle East studies coursework.
|Term||Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No language requisite for Internship track; Minimum 2 semesters college-level Arabic for Intensive Arabic track.|
The Study Abroad in Jordan program is based at The University of Jordan (UJ) in Amman, a large institution of over 35,000 students. The campus offers many resources, including access to the library, green spaces, 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.
Conveniently situated, the CET Center is located within the University of Jordan's Office of International Relations building. This is where you will take your classes, meet with staff, use the wifi, or just hang out with peers.
The US Department of State has issued a travel warning that affects this program. The Learning Abroad Center has obtained approval from the University of Minnesota's International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee (ITRAAC) for the Study Abroad in Jordan program. Review the approval details.
You’ll share an off-campus apartment with local roommates and other US students from the CET program. The housing component is immersive, and tied to the curriculum and program as a whole. You’ll live in a family neighborhood with other college students, living like a local and using your language skills to help you navigate your new life. The presence of Jordanian families living in the building require respect of local norms both in and around the housing, much like a homestay.
Apartments are new, fully furnished, air-conditioned, and only a ten minute walk from campus. However, it is important to remain flexible and set realistic expectations as the standards in Jordan are different than in the US.
Meals are not included, but cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, and the local market are within walking distance.
Sharing an apartment with a Jordanian roommate is frequently cited by students as one of the best parts of the program. Jordanian roommates are selected from local Jordanian universities. All roommates agree to abide by the full-time language pledge if you are enrolled in the Intensive Arabic Language track.
The program facilitates the roommate relationship. Jordanian roommates attend excursions, plan activities, and present a lecture series to their peers. Beyond this, the program steps out of the way to allow roommates to develop natural cross-cultural relationships that move beyond the host-guest paradigm.
Each term, different activities that allow you to explore Amman, experience Jordanian culture, or just unwind with your friends.
This program offers a variety of activities that allow you to explore Amman, including cooking classes, museum visits, shopping at the Friday flea market, concerts, and soccer matches.
Excursions include visits to the Ajloun Castle, Umm Qais to view the Sea of Galilee, and a three-day retreat (for semester and year program only) to the Dead Sea, the Nabatean ruins at Petra, and the magnificent Wadi Rum valley.
Students on the intensive language program sign a language pledge to speak only Arabic, providing the most immersive experience possible. Internship students sign a partial language pledge and also see language improvements throughout their time in Jordan.
The Learning Abroad Center offers the Study Abroad in Jordan program in partnership with CET. CET and University of Jordan's Office of International Relations jointly provide a cultural and academic support upon arrival. CET (both in the US and on-site) offers academic advising and support services. The Learning Abroad Center staff and CET's US staff provide pre-departure and post-return support.
The on-site staff consists of:
An Academic Director who 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 who 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.
Arabic language instructors who are seasoned teachers, hand-picked by CET from either the host university or other institutions. Since the program’s curriculum is flexible and unique to CET, all instructors undergo extensive training with the Academic Director before classes begin. The faculty who teach your content-based language courses also typically hold a PhD in their field and have experience teaching foreign students.
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.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Study Abroad Center|
|Program Level||All levels of Arabic are available. Intensive Arabic Language track requires two semesters (or equivalent) of college-level Arabic language study.|
15–16 credits for fall or spring semester; 8 credits for summer session
Students are required to maintain a minimum enrollment of 13 credits per semester or maintain the minimum credit enrollment determined by their study abroad program, whichever is greater.
Intensive Arabic Language: complete 2 semesters of Arabic per semester
Summer Intensive Arabic Language: complete 2 semesters of Arabic during the summer session
Course syllabi are available on the CET website.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring 2020||Jan 19, 2020 – May 7, 2020||Nov 1, 2019|
|Summer 2020||Jun 14, 2020 – Aug 14, 2020||Mar 1, 2020|
|Fall 2020||Sep 6, 2020 – Dec 18, 2020||May 1, 2020|
|Academic Year 2020-21||TBA (mid-May)||May 1, 2020|
Note: University of Minnesota students must complete the Learning Abroad Center portion of their application by the above deadlines, even if CET's published deadlines are later.*If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials by the following business day.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Summer 2019||Late November–early December||Blegen Hall (Breakout room TBA)|
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See Program Dates for term options|
|Program Name||Study Abroad in Jordan|
|Track Name||Intensive Arabic or Internship|
Upon submitting the LAC's online application, you will receive an automated email message indicating you have opened an application.
At this point, you will be assigned an application checklist to complete the remaining portion of your application. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are received.
Begin an application on CET's online application portal
This is a Learning Abroad Center (LAC) program offered in partnership with CET. You will complete application materials for both the Learning Abroad Center and CET. Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you on the respective online application portals.
*this means that you meet basic eligibility requirements for your program.
You may not participate in this program until you have submitted all of your confirmation checklist items to the Learning Abroad Center.
If you decide not to continue with the application process, please be advised of our Cancellation Policy, and notify the Learning Abroad Center by submitting a Cancel Request in the application system, or by email.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toThuy Doan or call at 612.626.8686.