High School & Pre-College Programs Abroad


CET seeks academically-driven high school students interested in a challenging, productive summer abroad. Have you always been intrigued by studying in China? Maybe you’re looking for a future in global health. Or perhaps you want to explore a potential college major. No matter where you are in the process, CET advisors are available to help you find a program that suits you and your interests.

Application Process

Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until each program’s final deadline, though an earlier submission helps ensure available space in your first-choice program.

The online admissions process includes submission of:

  • An application form including short essays
  • An official high school transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • One language reference (for programs with a language prerequisite)

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Eligibility & Inclusion

To be eligible for a CET high school/pre-college program, you must:

  • Be between ages 15 through 18
  • Have completed grades 10, 11, or 12, but are not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program

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.

CET Financial Assistance and Scholarships

We are committed to increasing access to study abroad for high school students. CET has a financial assistance pool for students who demonstrate family financial need. Award amounts usually range from $500 to $2,000.

It’s easy to apply. Fill out the Financial Assistance Application in your CET account and ask a parent or guardian to submit the required financial information. We’ll notify you about financial assistance shortly after your program application has been reviewed.

Get Your Questions Answered Before You Depart

Laurie Black
Laurie’s career in international education spans 25+ years and has focused on strategic partnerships, marketing and enrollment, program development, and grants management. Her first professional position in the field was Study Abroad Advisor at the University of Vermont in 1992. She then joined the School for International Training, serving in a variety of roles before becoming Dean for External Relations & Strategic Enrollment Management for the high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs. Laurie earned her BA in Sociology/Rhetoric & Communications at the University of Virginia, and her MA in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute. She has served on the Forum on Education Abroad Council, worked actively for access and inclusion in education abroad, and presented on numerous topics at national conferences.

Laurie Black

Director, High School & Pre-College Division

202.750.8070   [email protected]

Tess Cannon

Tess discovered the personal and academic impacts of cross-cultural exposure and exchange firsthand as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student during her junior year of high school. Later, she studied abroad in Italy, Germany, and Macedonia as an undergraduate at Seattle University, where she graduated as a Sullivan Scholar with a BA in International Studies and minors in Global Politics and International Economic Development (2010). Tess earned her MA in International Education at the George Washington University (2016). Prior to coming to CET, she was a Fulbright ETA, and worked at Amazon.com, Seattle University, and the George Washington University. Tess is from Juneau, Alaska and enjoys cooking good food, visiting new cities, and snuggling with her cat, Jobi.​

Tess Cannon

High School & Pre-College Manager

202.846.7661   [email protected]