CET pre-college programs offer lower-division college courses designed to provide the opportunity and challenge of navigating academics at the college level in a caring, supportive environment. Your classes use locality as a springboard to bring concepts to life and incorporate out-of-class learning opportunities—not to mention give you unique access to your host community and country.
Choose Your Focus
Intensive language? Global perspectives? Project-based learning? Choose a CET program based on your own interests and goals.
Intensive language programs allow you to focus on your chosen language. Use your existing Spanish or French skills in real-world settings. Begin the study of Chinese or Arabic. Add formal instruction to your self-taught Japanese. The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it, and CET pre-college programs give you a chance to dive in.
Global perspectives programs include a thematic English-taught course designed to teach you about relevant issues in the host country. Study healthcare in Cuba, globalization in Ireland or China, or pop culture in Japan.
And if you’re looking for something more hands-on, try out project-based learning on the China Fieldwork Semester. This spring semester program gets you out in the community to understand the land, people, and community of Xizhou, China.
College Credit and Transcript
Dickinson College, a national leader in global education at the college level, is the school of record for CET high school and pre-college programs. You will receive a CET grade report and an official Dickinson College transcript listing each course taken with the corresponding grade earned upon completion of the program. One Dickinson credit is the equivalent of three or four semester credits. Upon request, and for an additional fee, Dickinson College will send an official copy of the transcript to your high school and/or any college you designate. Credit transfer to high schools or other US colleges and universities is at the discretion of each institution. Learn more about our partnership with Dickinson College.
Expert Faculty and Networks
Courses are taught by university-level faculty and teachers—many of whom work with students on CET’s college study abroad programs. They are able to adjust their approach to meet the needs of younger students and provide an academic experience that helps prepare students for their undergraduate years. Our academic team is well-connected to local resources and can utilize their extensive contacts to enrich student learning and develop content to meet student interests. Faculty and teachers also serve as informal mentors and advisers as students explore options for further academic pursuit.
Learning Outside of the Classroom
All CET programs emphasize out-of-the- classroom learning. Field-based course components take course lectures on the road. Study frescoes with your instructor in chapels all around Florence. Go with your professor to shop for fresh fruit in French at the farmer’s market. Visit a local NGO in Jordan working on youth employment. Getting out of the classroom connects content to context. It reinforces course material better than any drill practice or essay ever could. It gives you insight into the local community. This is learning at its best.