Journeys: Custom Programs

What are

CET Journeys are customized study abroad programs for partners like you. We work meticulously with organizations—from universities and high schools to professional development groups for educators—to create Journeys year-round and all over the world. 

Custom programs offer great educational value. But they also require tremendous time and energy to organize. Let us help. With our extensive staffing resources and longstanding experience administering programs, you can offer your students an exceptional study abroad experience without overburdening your workload. You provide the vision. We do the legwork.

Group of Girls in Beijing

The CET Approach

We pride ourselves on academic excellence and the highest standards of program management. This is no different for the custom programs we operate in partnership with you. We are excited to work with teachers and organizations who align with the CET mission to develop academically rigorous and culturally eye-opening experiences for students. While logistic-only program support requests will be considered, CET prefers to develop partnerships that utilize our existing academic and cultural networks.

Where can Journeys go?

Between CET’s established presence all over the world and Academic Travel Abroad’s global resources, your custom program could go practically anywhere. Interested in Cuba? Seeking a focus on Central Europe? We’ve got the resources to make it happen. Looking for some inspiration? CET has established centers and full-time, on-site staff in these locations:

  • Brazil
  • Greater China
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Vietnam

When do Journeys happen?

Custom programs can be as short as seven days and as long as a full semester or academic year:

  • Fall/Spring semesters
  • Summer
  • Winter break
  • Spring break

Tailor your Journey

Pick and choose from a long list of services to build a custom program that fits your needs.

With our access to highly-qualified, top-notch practitioners and faculty, we can complement your course with guest lecturers, or take academics entirely off your plate.

Tell us the activity you have in mind, or choose from our long list of past successes, many of which include insider’s entree to special events. We take care of all arrangements, from the booking to the final payment and gratuity. 

Site visits, field-based learning, extra-curricular—we can arrange out-of-class excursions that use the city as a classroom. We take care of all arrangements, from the booking to the final payment and gratuity. 

We can arrange housing in apartments, dormitories, hotels, homestays, or guesthouses.

We can arrange any number of group meals you’d like, at a formal restaurant or a casual café. We can also arrange meal stipends for participants to find their own favorite local spots.

Depending on the location, we can either process visas for your group or provide the documentation and information you and your students need to do it on your own.

Our full-time, bilingual staff can handle logistics and manage emergencies, so that you don’t have to.

We can arrange local students to join in on activities or language exchange partnerships.

We can arrange group service projects or placements. And we work with our hosts to make sure that all work done is relevant and sustainable.

We provide pre-departure  materials and resources to ensure your group is fully prepared for the program and international living.

We have managed student health and safety for over 35 years and have the resources, plans, and staff in place to weather almost any crisis. 

Let us pick your group up from the airport, take you on excursions, or arrange for group travel from city to city.

We enroll all Journeys students and faculty leaders in our comprehensive insurance plan, GeoBlue. 

When your group arrives, our staff plan an orientation to help everyone acclimate to the city, culture, and program expectations. At the end of the program, we can also host re-entry workshops to help students prepare for the journey home.

Explore Our Custom Programs Portfolio

How do these services translate into a custom program? Check out just a few of our past programs to see how we translate vision to reality.

Student
Organizations

Junior State of America Foundation (JSA)

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Educators

Gettysburg College
/ K-12 Educators

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High School Programs

Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages (IUHPFL)

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Plan Journey

1

Let's Get Started

Set up an initial call with our Custom Programs Manager to discuss your vision for the program and how we can collaborate to make it a reality. Ideally, this initial consultation would occur at least 9 to 12 months before the program departs, but get in touch! We might be able to work with you on a shorter timeline.

2

Crafting a Proposal

After your initial consult, we will work to create a proposal for your program bringing together  your ideas and our resources. Keeping your ideal budget in mind, we will recommend housing options, site visits, supplementary lectures, activities, and local transportation. You’ll have a chance to review this draft and work with us to get it just right.

3

Bringing It All to Life

While you’re working to recruit students to the program, we’ll be working to plan, finalize, and confirm all of the arrangements agreed upon in the proposal. Your Program Manager will keep you up-to-date on how arrangements are coming together and will check in with you periodically to ensure you have the support you need. When the time comes, we’ll be sure you have access to the necessary pre-departure materials so that your students are fully prepared as the program approaches.

4

The Main Event

We’ll connect you with your assigned on-site staff member just before you depart, so that when you arrive, you are ready to hit the ground running. Your on-site staff assist with on-site orientation, manage logistics throughout the program, and may even lead a re-entry workshop to help your students prepare for their return home.

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Wrap Up, Reflect, & Repeat

After your return, we’ll schedule a call with you to reflect on the program. We want to receive your feedback on how we did this year and how we can better support you and your students in the future. Ready to start the process over again? Give us a call! We love working with the same programs year-to-year.

Ready to take the first step? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch to set up an initial call.

High School Study Abroad Program Advisor

Questions? Get in touch!

Tess Cannon

High School & Pre-College Manager
202.846.7661
[email protected]

JSA Diplomat program
in Beijing

An annual four-week program for the Junior State of America Foundation. High school students focus on diplomacy, Chinese history and politics, and language study.

CET-Provided Support Services

  • Pre-departure advising and resources
  • CET-facilitated Modern Chinese History & Politics course
  • Co-curricular site visits and cultural activities
  • Housing for students in international student dormitory
  • 3-day excursion to Shanghai, including academic and cultural components
  • Cultural activities with local Chinese buddies throughout Beijing

Gettysburg college /
k-12 educators

Funded by Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad short-term grant, college faculty and local teachers traveled to Beijing to focus on area studies and cultural competency, East Asian Studies curriculum development, Mandarin Chinese language, and institutional collaboration. 

CET-Provided Support Services

  • Two levels of Chinese language courses
  • Lecture/discussion series on modern China and education-related issues
  • On-campus accommodations and daily meal stipends
  • Regional travel: Great Wall day trip, 2-day excursion to Yu County
  • Events: Orientation; opening and closing banquets
  • Health insurance and visa fees/processing
  • On-site staff support, including full-time resident director

Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages (IUHPFL)

Semi-annual summer intensive language programs for high school students with locations in Osaka, Japan, and Hangzhou, China. 

CET-Provided Support Services

  • Homestays with local host families
  • Activities and clubs with local schools and students
  • 24/7 emergency support for IUHPFL instructors
  • Regional travel: weekly day trips to nearby towns and cultural sites
  • Group events (i.e., welcome and farewell dinners, July 4th celebration, etc.)

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