Support at Every Stage
Choosing to study abroad is a big decision, so we dedicate ourselves to providing thorough and thoughtful support—not only during the program, but also during pre-departure and re-entry. And we believe that preparation, staff training, and regular review of resources are key to effectively managing crises, whether individual or group. In our 35+ years of operation, we have built a strong reputation for effective risk management. Learn more about our approach to health and safety.
CET high school programs maintain a student-to-staff ratio of at least 10:1 for plenty of support and individual attention. Each program is staffed differently depending on the location, but here are a few student-facing roles you might interact with throughout the study abroad process at CET.
Program leaders are responsible for daily oversight and support of the student group. As the main source of supervision for high school students, they serve as the primary contact for students while on the ground. They lead students from point A to point B, look out for their health and safety, and lead the on-site portion of the core course. They execute and supervise all evening and weekend activities. Program leaders may be members of the local CET staff or U.S. citizens hired by CET to travel with the group. In either case, each Program Leader has strong familiarity with the local language, location, and culture.
Local coordinators manage the many logistics of residential life—homestay vetting and training, meals, activities and excursions, and health and safety. They are responsible for finalizing arrangements and reservations, coordinating local language instruction, and assisting the program leader in the execution of the program. The local coordinator also serves as a back-up to the program leader in cases of student health and safety emergencies.
On larger programs, local assistants support the Program Leader and Local Coordinator and provide additional support to students.
The faculty lead is a CET instructor who leads the online portion of the core course. The faculty member assigns readings, creates assignments, and completes grading. He/she creates the asynchronous course content and leads synchronous, live class sessions while students are abroad.
The programs manager coordinates the development and execution of all high school and pre-college programs. They assist in program design, the recruitment and training of all staff, and work with the student services coordinator in pre-departure processes. The programs manager works closely with on-site staff to prevent and manage crises, and will be the main point of contact with US-based staff and parents/guardians.
Student service coordinators are the point of contact once you’ve started an application. They work with you for all things pre-departure—the application process, answering questions about each program, and other logistics related to things like visas and housing assignments. They work with on-site staff to prepare for incoming cohorts.
The marketing and outreach manager is your main point of contact prior to starting an application and can help you—and your parents/guardians—determine which program is the best fit. They also manage relationships between CET’s High School & Pre-College division and all schools, teachers, student associations, mentor organizations, etc., and represent CET at study abroad fairs and other school visits.
CET Global Perspectives: CHINA | PROGRAM LEADER
Before his time as a Program Leader for CET Global Perspectives: China, Drew was based in Hangzhou, China—where he worked with Middlebury in China students during the academic year. He graduated with a dual BA in East Asian Studies and International Studies (Indiana University Bloomington, 2016). He started studying Chinese in high school, continued the adventure at IU by enrolling in the Chinese Language Flagship Program, and spent time in China, both at the Tsinghua University and as a Fulbright Hays GPA Fellow. Drew completed his capstone year with the Chinese Language Flagship attending international studies courses at Nanjing University, then later interning with Indiana University’s China Gateway Office. Prior to coming to CET, Drew spent a year serving as Resident Advisor at Associated Colleges in China, and also spent a summer serving as Resident Director for the NSLI-Y high school summer language program in Xi’an.
CET Global Perspectives: Italy | PROGRAM Leader
Growing up in an Italian-American family, Rachel had a passion for culture and travel from an early age. She has taken numerous trips abroad—some with family, one to study abroad, and others to lead intimate tours she has organized for others. When not teaching Italian and Spanish at Binghamton University in upstate New York, you can find her on campus discussing the importance of cross-cultural experiences, or out in town indulging at her favorite gelato shop.