About Study Abroad in Jordan
The Study Abroad in Jordan program is based at The University of Jordan (UJ) in Amman, a large institution of more than 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 UJ's Office of International Relations building. At the Center, you will take classes, meet with staff, use the WiFi, and 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.
Housing & Meals
You will share an off-campus apartment with local roommates and other US students from the CET program. The apartment, located in a family neighborhood, will allow you to live like a local and use your language skills. The presence of Jordanian families living in the building requires 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 because the standards in Jordan are different than in the US.
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. If you are enrolled in the Intensive Arabic Language track, all roommates agree to abide by the full-time language pledge.
The program facilitates the roommate relationship: Jordanian roommates attend most 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 host–guest.
Meals are not included, but cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, and the local market are within walking distance.
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.
- Augment your cross-cultural understanding through interaction with Jordanian students and community members
- Experience Jordan and international perspectives on the world through direct contact with Jordanian nationals and other US students
- Gain 1 full year of Arabic language instruction in an 8-week summer or 15-week semester program (Intensive Arabic Language track only)
- Enhance your intentionality through independent, though supported, living and learning opportunities
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.
Faculty & Staff
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.
An 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 handles 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.
About the Learning Abroad Center
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
- Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
- Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
- Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.