Our Academic Philosophy

Our academics are focused on the goals of developing our students’ critical thinking skills, comfort with ambiguity, skills for navigating difference, and appreciation for nuance and complexity while developing a global perspective. We carefully design our curricula with the needs of our students and university partners in mind, and maintain academic quality through ongoing course evaluation, program assessment, and training of our faculty and staff on current developments in curriculum and instruction. 

Academic Framework

Our Approach: Education in Everything

Academics aren’t just for the classroom—we seek to challenge our students both academically and experientially. We develop programs that bring academics into every facet of the student experience, which may include internships, traveling seminars, co-curricular activities, field study and research and—most importantly—engaging meaningfully with our host communities.

Educational Components Across Locations

Curriculum Review

CET strives to create a learning environment that encourages students to think critically and include perspectives beyond mainstream narratives in their pursuit of answers. The Curriculum Review was developed in an effort to identify and interrogate structures of difference, power, and equity that are uniquely present in each of our program locations. Our goal is to have identified power structures that characterize the local/regional contexts in which our programs operate—historical and/or colonial legacies, national geopolitical forces, political, social, and economic factors that shape the host environment—and hope to more skillfully and explicitly address them in our curriculum and co-curriculum on an ongoing basis.

Syllabus System

CET provides two syllabi—a syllabus of record and a term syllabus—for each course offered. Our syllabus system balances our US partners’ need to review course content in advance with our faculty’s need for flexibility in updating readings, assignments, and other course elements each term. For direct-enroll courses at local institutions, CET does not provide syllabi but provides a link to the relevant host institution department or course list. Learn more about our syllabus system.

Credit Recommendation System

Our credit recommendation system, developed in consultation with US partners, ensures academic rigor in all courses and fair credit allocation across programs.

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School of Record

Ensuring students receive academic credit for their courses abroad is of utmost importance to CET. All students receive a transcript for courses completed abroad in accordance with CET’s Academic Policies.

School of Record partners review CET courses, policies, and standards on an ongoing basis, and publishes the outcome of our ongoing assessment process.


Within 8 to 10 weeks of the program end date, official academic documentation is sent to the student’s home institution via secure email or mail. To see more on the following topics, explore transcripts at CET

Academic Policies

CET Academic Policies ask students to approach their academic work with seriousness, dedication, and honesty, and to respect the rights of their classmates, roommates, and faculty to do the same. All students receive and sign a copy of our Academic Policies and Attendance Policy upon commitment to a CET program, which includes:

Faculty or Advisor?

Questions? Get in Touch!

Rebecca Pisano, Ph.D.

Director, Academic Affairs
[email protected]

Hilary Wilson

Academic Coordinator
[email protected]

CET Jordan: Academic Consultation Board

Over the years, we’ve built a strong network of locally-based faculty that we’re proud to call our peers. These faculty make up our Academic Consultation Board—a select group of local voices and thought leaders that help advise and shape components of the CET Jordan program. 

Board members support the program in many ways, including but not limited to:

Academic Consultation Board Members

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