Supporting High School Students
Our goal is for you to have a positive, life-changing experience no matter where you study with CET. But life-changing experiences don’t happen without learning from challenges encountered along the way. Perhaps this is the longest you’ve been away from home and homesickness hits you harder than expected. Maybe you’re experiencing culture shock for the first time. Or you find your coursework is harder than you anticipated. No matter what issues arise, CET staff are there for you! Program staff are accessible 24/7 and are there to help you navigate road blocks and build resilience.
And before you even depart for your program, CET advisors are available to assist with program selection, academic concerns, financial questions, health and safety, and any other topics. Before you know it, you will be back home, reflecting on how much you learned and how different you have become because of your time on a CET program.
Your Daily Life Abroad
Have breakfast with your homestay family then make your way to the CET for class. Classes are typically held in the mornings, Monday through Thursday. In the afternoons, you might have an individual check-in with your Program Leader, go with your group on an excursion in the city, or participate in a group discussion or reflection on the issues covered in class that morning. Fridays are reserved for day-long excursions and cultural activities with your group and on-site staff.
Your evenings are spent with your homestay family. Learn how to cook their traditional dishes. Watch a movie in the local language together. Or spend time with them in their favorite parts of the city.
During weekends, you can expect to have free time, some group activities and excursions, and occasionally some regional travel.
Experiencing a new culture
Going abroad means diving into a new culture. The streets are unfamiliar, the food is different, and the people you interact with might not speak English. But these are exactly the things the kinds of things that help you learn and grow as a person if you’re open and thoughtful to the experience.
As a high school student, most of your days are spent alongside your program cohort. You attend classes and excursions together and may share a homestay with another CET student. It’s important to not only prepare for culture shock, but also the differing dynamics of your own program group. You may meet students of different upbringings, political views, etc.—but these intragroup dynamics can create long-lasting friendships and contribute to your own growth if you remain flexible and understanding.
Your Home Abroad
Students on CET Global Perspectives programs abroad live in homestays. You live with a local family selected by CET and/or our on-site host institution. Learn more about our homestay family vetting process.
For non-homestay programs, you live in close proximity with your group and residential staff in a dorm or guesthouse.
Regardless of your housing setup, on-site staff are always around to supervise, plan activities, and provide support whenever you may need it.
Your meals are included with your program fees. For homestay students, your breakfasts, dinners, and all weekend meals are taken with your host family—with the exception of scheduled meals with the program group.
Most other meals are taken together as a group, but some will be had individually at home or in campus cafeterias or in small groups within a designated perimeter. Your dietary restrictions and allergies are collected at the start of the term, and your program staff accommodate these needs in all group meals to the best of their ability.
With over 35 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. Learn more about health and safety.
CET believes 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, ensuring a welcoming, hospitable program environment that promotes student learning. Learn more about D&I for high school and pre-college programs.
Each program is staffed by 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. Program staff are in touch daily with CET staff in the U.S. and provide a bridge between our students and the local community. Learn more about staff support.