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Gap Year Programs Abroad

Health & Safety

With over 30 years of experience in study abroad, CET has a strong track record with risk and crisis management. We rely on careful planning and preparation, well-trained overseas staff with local knowledge and contacts, professional resources in the US and abroad, and regular review and communication about potential issues.

Comprehensive Insurance

Your program fees include travel health insurance through GeoBlue. Insurance is comprehensive and includes evacuation coverage for both individual medical emergencies and movement of the group in case of changing realities on the ground. On site, we provide up-to-date information about local health facilities and assist you in accessing them should any health issues need to be addressed. In-network facilities bill GeoBlue directly so there’s no need to pay out of pocket.

Crisis Management & Communication

The health and safety of students is our first priority and we recognize the importance of communication with parents. CET staff are available through our 24/7 on-call system to provide support should any health, safety, or security concerns arise during the program.

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Weekly Gap Student Meetings

As a gap student, you’ll attend weekly check-in meetings with on-site staff and other gap peers. These meetings happen in English, regardless of any language pledge, and serve as a platform to gather, discuss, and unpack your experiences while studying abroad. Culture shock got you down? Looking for ways to bond with your local roommate? Maybe you just want to brainstorm different ways to practice your language skills after returning to the US. These meetings provide a safe space to address the unique needs and issues that gap students face, though all students are always welcome to approach staff at any time.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

Each program is staffed by full-time, on-site professionals familiar with the location and fluent in the local language. All staff are available to assist and support students throughout their term abroad, from in-country orientation through the end of the program and beyond. Resident staff provide a bridge between our students and the local community. Academic staff supervise the curriculum, manage the faculty, and monitor courses.