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

  • To educate the next generation of scholars, problem-solvers, and creative minds through thoughtful, intensive programs abroad.
  • To challenge students, both academically and experientially, and to equip them with new skills, broader perspectives, and an appreciation of difference.
  • 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.

Our Values

Academic Excellence

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

Local Roommates

Local friendships are the stepping stone to immersion, which is why we launched our first local roommate program at CET Harbin in 1988. Roommates are an integral part of our college and gap programs, both inside and outside the classroom. Learn More.

Diversity, Equity, & 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. We are committed to becoming a more anti-racist organization by transforming our workplace, our programs, and our industry. Learn more.

Student Support

We regard each student as our only student. We ask students for their independence, maturity, and proactivity, and in return, we provide unwavering help and support. And when it comes to student health and safety, we have more than 35 years of crisis management experience under our belts to help us respond to every situation with the utmost care. 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.


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.

Our Professional Affiliations

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