Our Mission & Values

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


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.

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.

Diversity & 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. Learn more.

Student Support

We regard each student as our only student. We answer every question and respond to every call. We ask students for their maturity and proactivity, and in return, we provide unwavering help and support.

Academic Excellence

Our curricula are collaboratively designed with input from our Faculty Advisory Committees and US partners. Strong academic leadership at headquarters and onsite 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, so we pair almost every college student with a local roommate. Roommates are an integral part of our programs, both inside and outside the classroom. Learn More.

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