About CET

CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization 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 locations around the world. Today, CET offers a varied portfolio of semester, summer, and short-term customized programs around the world for college, high school, pre-college, and gap year students.  

The CET Mission

Our Values

Academic Excellence

Strong academic leadership at headquarters and on-site means our focus on excellence extends to everything we do, from policy to implementation. Our curricula are carefully designed with partner and student needs in mind, and we maintain academic quality through regular evaluation, assessment, and faculty training. Learn More.

Local Roommates and Relationships

Meaningful access to a host context requires meaningful relationships with locals. We launched our first local roommate program in 1988, and since then, local engagement has been an integral part of our programs, extending beyond the classroom to include roommates, peer relationships, and homestays. Learn More.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We are committed to building more equitable and just societies, and therefore strive to make global education accessible to all students. We recruit and actively support students of all races, religions, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist organization by fostering critical thinking about power structures and effecting positive change within our workplace, our programs, and our field. Learn more.

Student Support

We provide unwavering specialized support to all students. In return, we ask students to bring a spirit of autonomy and resilience, and to take proactive ownership of their learning, conduct, health, safety, and overall experience. When emergencies do arise, we have more than 35 years of crisis management under our belts to help us respond to every situation with the utmost care and professionalism.  Learn more.

Social & 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. Learn More.

Partnership

We understand that each institution has its own framework and priorities for global engagement, and we welcome the challenges and innovations that close collaboration can bring. When we partner, our strategy for success is genuine, two-way collaboration. We work with you to craft programs and services that meet your unique needs, and we welcome the creative offerings that our partners bring to our own portfolio. Helping you to grow and expand helps us to do the same.

Our Professional Affiliations

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