Academic Excellence

Our Beliefs, Our Goals, Our Academics

Our academics are focused around the goal of developing our students’ critical thinking skills, comfort with ambiguity, skills for navigating difference, and appreciation for nuance and complexity in approaching the world. We seek to challenge our students, both academically and experientially.

Education in Everything

Academics aren’t just for the classroom. The value of study abroad lies precisely in what students can learn outside the classroom in order to inform and enrich their academic work. We develop programs that bring academics into every facet of the student experience: internships, traveling seminars, language practica, field-based study and research, and excursions with local roommates.

A Liberal Arts Ethos For All Disciplines

Our programs cultivate a liberal arts-inspired spirit of intellectual inquiry for students from all academic backgrounds. We challenge our students to engage with their coursework and context as critical thinkers, experiencing formative intellectual growth while progressing towards their degrees.

Targeted Programs, Small Classes

Our programs target specific academic themes and learning outcomes. Whether the goal is near-native language skills in Beijing, expertise in film production in Prague, or an understanding of social movements in São Paulo, smaller, targeted programs give us the ability to move nimbly, customize around student interests, and engage meaningfully with our host communities.

How Our Academics Operate

Schools 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.

For most college and gap programs, transcripts are jointly-issued by CET and its overseas partner institution. CET jointly-issued transcripts list the names of all courses taken, the total number of course contact hours, grades earned and recommended credits for each course. Jointly-issued transcripts are issued in English, contain the seal and signature of the host university, and the stamp and seal of CET Academic Programs. Students may opt for a School of Record transcript if additional documentation is needed. The University of Minnesota serves as CET’s School of Record for all college and gap programs, except for CET Siena. The University of Virginia serves as school of record for CET Siena. Learn more about transcripts for college and gap programs.

Dickinson College serves as the school of record for CET’s Pre-College Summer Programs and the China Fieldwork Semester for high school students. Learn more about our relationship with Dickinson College.

Working with US Partners

We understand that each of our US partners has its own academic requirements and priorities. Our approach to serving this diverse range of institutional needs and goals is one of partnership—a genuine, authentic partnership. We aim for a collaborative, communicative two-way street of identifying goals and strategizing how best to meet them.

While our belief in strong academics is consistent, our program models are diverse. We love to find innovative solutions that can meet our partners’ institutional priorities while enriching and enhance our own program portfolio. Making it your program is our way of making it ours.

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