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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2023
    January 15, 2023 to April 28, 2023
  • Fall 2023
    September 3, 2023 to December 14, 2023
  • Spring 2024
    January 21, 2024 to May 3, 2024


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

CET Academic Programs


CET Jordan


Opportunity Description

Hands-on learning in the Middle East: Study Modern Standard Arabic and Dialect and take classes, including internships, in English or Arabic. Whether your interest is in politics, religion, health, refugees, or history, there is something for you!

What is unique about this program?

The CET program comes closest to Cornell's commitment to teaching Arabic the way it is spoken and used, based on the Jordanian dialect.  In addition to teaching Modern Standard Arabic which is used for formal communication only, CET's dialect classes, local roommate, and a your choice of a full or limited language pledge mean that you will truly learn or advance your knowledge of Arabic while in Jordan.

  • CET offers a range of classes in English and Arabic along with an array of internships. Review the CET website for options of past placements and/or discuss your interests with them directly.
  • Options for students interested in migration/refugees and/or global health as well as politics, education, and more
  • Get to know Jordanian university students by sharing an apartment with CET students and a local student.

In all, you will find a community of devoted staff, experienced faculty, local roommates and Arabic language partners provides unwavering support. This is a well-rounded program for students of all Arabic language levels, even absolute beginners.

  • Internship placements
  • Intensive Arabic language courses (MSA and dialect)
  • Official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) scores for a résumé or graduate school application
  • Jordanian roommates and Arabic language partners
  • Limited or full language pledge
  • Full support from on-site staff
  • No language prerequisite

Things to consider before applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to next steps
  • Find answers on the Education Abroad FAQ and resource pages for Cornell study abroad policy, health, and safety updates
  • Still have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with an Education Abroad Advisors
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How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)