About CET Academic Programs

Who Is CET?

CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization based in Washington, DC that has been designing and administering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. CET offers semester and summer study abroad programs in Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Tunisia and Vietnam, as well as short-term, customized programs worldwide.

CET Principles

CET maintains the highest academic standards. Curricula are creatively designed with the assistance of CET Academic Advisory Boards, and courses skillfully taught by experienced local faculty. CET students are eager to improve their cultural and communicative competence and embrace the academic challenges necessary to get them there.

CET is committed to facilitating immersion into the host culture. Academics and excursions are designed to integrate students into the local environment, and CET offers each student the opportunity to share living space with a local roommate.

CET respects the needs, culture and customs of the local hosts. CET actively seeks opportunities for students and staff to “give back” to the local community and leads them to create lasting relationships with their local hosts.

CET believes in making study abroad opportunities accessible to all students. CET prides itself on diversity and opens its doors to academically qualified students of all races, religions, origins, abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations. CET helped found the Fund for Education Abroad, an organization that provides study abroad scholarships to underrepresented students.

CET is an environmentally conscientious organization. It adopts locally appropriate measures in its centers worldwide to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to sustainable practices wherever possible.

CET is a for-profit company but does not place profits above other principles. CET charges a fair program price that allows us to cover operating expenses, hire creative and hard-working staff, and deliver education abroad programs of unparalleled quality.

CET 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.
CET Staff on square in Siena Italy

CET Staff