How to Apply
To apply to a CET program, click the “Apply Now” button on the page of the program you’ve selected. You’ll then create a CET account and receive access to the application materials.
A typical CET application includes:
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Official transcripts may be scanned and uploaded, e-transcripts may be submitted, or hard copy official transcripts may be sent in a sealed, signed envelope. Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.
For programs with language pre-requisites. Though you take an in-depth placement exam on site, the language evaluation form in your online CET account helps staff get a better idea of your abilities before your arrival.
You may be asked to provide a portfolio, course selections, information needed to apply for a visa, and/or other program-specific elements
See the program page of the program you’ve selected for more details.
Eligibility for College Study Abroad Programs
CET believes 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. CET college study abroad programs are open to students from any US college or university. Students from all majors and departments are welcome to apply.
Our programs are designed for undergraduates who maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. However, admissions decisions are made holistically, on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply. We accept students who demonstrate a commitment to both study abroad and the particular focus of the program.
Some programs have pre-requisites: for example, CET Harbin requires at least 3 semesters of college-level Chinese language completion before attendance. You may find any program-specific pre-requisites on each program’s web page.
Some courses taught on CET programs also have pre-requisites: for example, International Economics at CET Shanghai requires students to have completed an introductory micro or macro economics course before enrollment. Course pre-requisites will be listed in the Syllabus of Record for the course.
CET accepts applications until the deadlines below. Your university or school may have its own study abroad deadline, so be sure to check with your advisor about any internal application processes you must complete in addition to applying directly to CET.
China — October 1
Virtual programs — November 1
Czech Republic, Italy, Japan — October 1
Brazil: Social Justice, Colombia, Greater China, Jordan, Vietnam — November 1
All summer programs (on-site and virtual) — March 1
Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic — April 1
Greater China, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Vietnam — May 1
When You’ll Hear Back
When each item in your online account has been checked off, congratulations, your application is complete! You’re welcome to complete your application in advance, and we continue accepting applications until each program’s application deadline. For most programs, you will receive an admissions decision within 2 weeks of receipt of your completed application.
Applying for Fall?
We’ll review your application after February 1
Applying for Janterm?
We’ll review your application after August 15
Applying for Spring?
We’ll review your application after August 15
Applying for Summer?
We’ll review your application after January 1
A few of our programs work a bit differently:
CET Film Production at FAMU, Photography at FAMU, & New Media & Audiovisual Studies at FAMU: The application process for these programs involves additional review by the programs’ Faculty Advisory Committee. All applications and portfolios will be reviewed immediately after the application deadlines listed below. You will receive an admissions decision approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the application deadline. View more detailed instructions on the application requirements for these programs in the “How to Apply” section of the program page.
CET Japan and CET Japan: Virtual Intensive Language & Culture: CET Japan summer programs often have more students than we are able to accommodate. All applications will be reviewed after the March 1 application deadlines. You will receive an admissions decisions approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the application deadline. View more detailed instructions on the application requirements for these programs in the “How to Apply” section of the program page.
Applying for Fall Film Production or Photography?
We’ll review your application after April 1
Applying for Spring Film Production, Photography, or New Media?
We’ll review your application after October 1
Applying for Summer Japan programs?
We’ll review your application after March 1