Grew a lot, but wish I had more support July 26, 2018

By (Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/24/2018 to 05/11/2018 with

CET Jordan: Internship

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, it was worthwile. I learned the value of seeing a different culture and throwing myself into experiences that I wouldn't think possible before.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The academics were overall a good experience. Be prepared however for a different system than what you're used to back in America. Not worse, just different.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

CET Jordan can really use greater oversight of its programs, facilities, training. I was not satisifed with how the program was run from an administration standpoint.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

These apartments are not great. You are not in a great area of town, and be prepared for traditional culture.

* Food:

You are responsible for most of your meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Luckily, I never had health issues.

* Safety:

Rarely did I feel unsafe in Amman. But it still is the Middle East and you have to be smart about where you are. It's best not to be loud/obnoxious/drawing attention.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I'm not sure. I really wanted to learn Arabic, and I did. But I was very dissapointed with how CET ran the program and their expectations of the students.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Easily. Amman is quite cheap. But do bear in mind: going out/drinking alcohol is absurdly expensive in Jordan.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Decide when you want to go out/when not to. Given that this is a local area, there are plenty of very cheap eateries around.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Enormous emphasis on Arabic.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Intermediate Arabic
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? It's really difficult, but try to keep up with the language pledge. You're paying to learn Arabic.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Arabic
  • Region
* What could be improved?
  • Fun activities
  • Group dynamic
  • Respect for students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Amman is not the most lively city in the world, and know that before coming in. And you are expected to follow cultural norms (alcohol issues and sex-issues)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!