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About CET

Academics

Our curricula are creatively and collaboratively designed with help from our Advisory Boards and US partners. We select students who are excited by academic rigor and seek out intellectual challenges.

Cultural Immersion

Our goal is to help students to break out of the bubble and immerse themselves into the host culture. Almost every aspect of our programs—from academics to excursions to housing—speaks to this goal.

Giving Back

We respect the needs, culture, 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.

Local friendships are the stepping stone to immersion, so we pair almost every student with a local roommate. Roommates are an integral part of the program, and are included in many excursions, activities, and classroom exercises. Learn More

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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.

Excursions

More than an add-on, many of our excursions are about engagement. Tour a gallery, but then also talk to the artist. Visit a river dam, but then also interview the head of an environmental preservation group.

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.

In everything we do, student safety comes first. We monitor, plan, and prevent, and when an emergency occurs, we move quickly and decisively while maintaining regular contact with students, partners, and parents. Learn More

Academics

Our curricula are creatively and collaboratively designed with help from our Advisory Boards and US partners. We select students who are excited by academic rigor and seek out intellectual challenges.

Cultural Immersion

Our goal is to help students to break out of the bubble and immerse themselves into the host culture. Almost every aspect of our programs—from academics to excursions to housing—speaks to this goal.

Giving Back

We respect the needs, culture, 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.

Local friendships are the stepping stone to immersion, so we pair almost every student with a local roommate. Roommates are an integral part of the program, and are included in many excursions, activities, and classroom exercises. Learn More

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. Learn More

Excursions

More than an add-on, many of our excursions are about engagement. Tour a gallery, but then also talk to the artist. Visit a river dam, but then also interview the head of an environmental preservation group.

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.

In everything we do, student safety comes first. We monitor, plan, and prevent, and when an emergency occurs, we move quickly and decisively while maintaining regular contact with students, partners, and parents. Learn More

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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.

Our History

CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization based in Washington, DC that has been designing and administering 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 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 academic standards, innovative approaches to teaching and careful student management. CET programs integrate students into their overseas communities and lead them to create lasting relationships with their local hosts. CET is the only US provider to house its students with local roommates in each of its locations. As an environmentally conscientious organization, CET adopts locally appropriate measures in its centers worldwide to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to sustainable practices wherever possible. Staffed by over 60 full-time employees in the United States and overseas, CET currently sends around 1200 US students abroad annually.

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Our Mission

  • To create intensive study abroad programs for students who choose to be challenged, both academically and experientially.
  • To immerse students in our programs’ off-the-beaten-path locations and unique subject matter.
  • To equip students with new skills, broader perspectives, and an appreciation of cultural differences.
  • To create study abroad innovations for the field, and to serve as a resource to faculty and educational institutions in the development of programs abroad.