High School & Pre-College Programs Abroad

Epic Summer. College Credit. Lifelong Impact.


CET seeks motivated high school students interested in a fun and challenging summer experience. CET advisors are available to help choose the program that will be the best fit for you. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until each program’s final deadline. Students are generally expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply early to ensure space is available 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

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Eligibility & Inclusion

Students ages 15 through 18 who have completed grades 10, 11, or 12, but have not yet matriculated in a college or university degree program are eligible for CET high school programs. 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 Aid and Scholarships

We are committed to increasing access to study abroad for high school students. CET has a financial aid pool for students who demonstrate family financial need. Award amounts usually range from $250 to $2,000.

It’s easy to apply. Fill out the Financial Aid Application in your CET account and ask a parent or guardian to submit the required financial information. We’ll notify you about financial aid 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]

Airika Coblentz
Airika’s first taste of study abroad was the semester she spend in St. Petersburg, Russia while an undergraduate at Georgetown University. After completing a BS in Foreign Service (2000), Airika worked on US foreign assistance programs in Kosovo, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Armenia. In 2004, she joined Academic Travel Abroad, CET’s parent company, first serving on the marketing team of ATA’s Educational Travel division, and later CET. In 2010, Airika continued to expand her knowledge of the study abroad field by serving as the Fund for Education Abroad’s first Development Director. In 2017, she jumped into the new role of Enrollment Specialist for CET’s High School & Pre-College Division. Airika works remotely from her home in Minnesota, and is happiest when planning her next adventure to see the world with her four sons.

Airika Coblentz

Enrollment Specialist, High School & Pre-College Division