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About CET

Our curricula are collaboratively designed with input from our Advisory Boards and US partners. Strong academic leadership at headquarters and onsite means our focus on excellence extends to everything we do, from policies to practice. Learn More


We don’t offer cookie-cutter curricula. Each program is creatively designed to fit the strengths of the location, the interests of our students, and the needs of our partners. We are nimble, responsive, accessible, and not afraid to try new things.
Local friendships are the stepping stone to immersion, so we pair almost every student with a local roommate. Roommates are an integral part of our programs, both inside and outside the classroom. Learn More

Giving Back

We respect the needs, cultures, and customs of our hosts, and lead our students to do the same. We actively seek out opportunities to give back to local communities in sustainable, long-term ways.

Diversity & Inclusion

We believe in making study abroad accessible to all students. We recruit and actively support academically qualified students of all races, religions, origins, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

High Standards

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of academic quality, student services, and program management. We also actively support and promote the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Best Practice.

Environmental Sustainability

We are an environmentally conscientious organization. In each of our centers, we adopt locally appropriate measures to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to sustainable practices.

Student Support

We regard each student as our only student. We answer every question and respond to every call. We ask students for their maturity and proactivity, and in return, we provide unwavering help and support.

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Our Parent Organization

ATA1CET’s parent organization, Academic Travel Abroad (ATA), is a Washington, DC-based international travel company that specializes in operating customized travel programs for educational and cultural organizations. With over 60 years of experience, ATA has mastered the art of providing deluxe, sophisticated travel programs that feature unique entrée and access for alumni, major donors, and patrons. ATA’s client list includes many prestigious cultural and nonprofit organizations, and many of the nation’s most renowned universities.

Why We Go Where We Go

We prefer the paths less traveled.

We think that unexpected, less-touristy destinations are best for study abroad. And when we do operate in world capitals, our focus on immersion and integration offers students entrée into dimensions of the city not accessible to casual visitors.

We pride ourselves on language teaching.

It was intensive language programming in China that started us on our journey in 1982. Over and over, we’ve seen how students who achieve high levels of language proficiency also gain important cultural skills. This insight keeps us gravitating towards locations where English is not the first language.

Our parent organization opens doors.

Thanks to our relationship with Academic Travel Abroad, we have the resources to go pretty much anywhere around the globe. In addition to our semester programs, we operate short-term, customized partner programs that do just that.

Our History

CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization based in Washington, DC that has been developing and delivering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, later expanding to other cities in China and then to other countries around the world. Today, CET is staffed by over 60 full-time employees and offers semester and summer study abroad programs in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Tunisia and Vietnam, as well as short-term, customized programs worldwide.

CET is known for high program standards, strong academics, a nimble and collaborative approach to partnerships, and supportive student services. As the only US provider to house students with local roommates in each of its locations, CET integrates students into their overseas communities and facilitates development of lasting relationships with local hosts. As an environmentally conscientious organization, CET seeks to adopt sustainable measures across its operations. And through its commitment to inclusion, CET seeks and encourages the participation of students from diverse backgrounds, ensuring a welcoming, hospitable program environment that promotes student learning.

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Our Mission

  • To create intensive study abroad programs for students who choose to be challenged, both academically and experientially.
  • To equip students with new skills, broader perspectives, an appreciation of cultural differences, and the tools they need to immerse themselves into the host culture.
  • To serve as leaders and innovators within the field of education abroad, and to serve as a trusted resource and partner to faculty and educational institutions in the development of programs abroad.

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