Support at Every Stage
We know that sending your student 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 We believe 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.
Our pre-college 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 directors oversee all operations of the program, including but not limited to academics, student health and safety, in-country partner relations, and overall finances. In some cases, program directors can also serve as faculty for some of the offered courses.
Resident directors manage the many logistics of residential life—housing, meals, activities and excursions, and health and safety. They are responsible for finalizing arrangements and reservations, planning co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, and assist the group leader in the execution and supervision of all evening and weekend activities.
Group leaders are responsible for daily oversight and support of the student group. As the main source of supervision for pre-college 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—alongside all other CET staff members—help with finances and record keeping. They execute and supervise all evening and weekend activities. For programs with more students, additional group leaders are added to help manage the cohort. Group leaders arrive on site prior to the program start date
Resident advisors support all residential staff with logistical tasks, as well as health and safety priorities.
Faculty are the academics-focused instructors. They teach the Global Perspectives core courses, language courses, and also accompany students on any field-based learning excursion. They are recruited and hired by CET, in conjunction with on-site partners and Dickinson College, our transcripting institution.
Student service coordinators are the point of contact 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 and can help students and parents/guardians decide which program is the right fit.
The programs manager coordinates the development and execution of all high school and pre-college programs at every stage. They assist in program design, the recruitment and training of all staff, and work with the student services coordinator in pre-departure processes.
Pre-college at CET Cuba | CET Program Director
An undergraduate semester in South Africa and Argentina sparked Taylor’s interest in international education—eventually leading him to earn an M.A. and Ph.D in International Education Policy (University of Maryland). In his decade of experience, he has administered study abroad programs for DC area universities and led programs in the Dominican Republic, Spain, The Netherlands, and Cuba. Taylor currently lectures for the international education programs at the University of Maryland and The George Washington University, and co-directs Búsquedas Investigativas, an organization that brings together US and Cuban education scholars and practitioners in Cuba each year. When not on campus or in Cuba, you can find Taylor on a road trip exploring America’s scenic byways, touring visitors around DC’s foodie and cultural hot spots, or hiking national and state parks with his partner, Madeleine.
Pre-college at CET SHANGHAI | RESIDENT Director
Drew is based in Hangzhou, China—where he works 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.
Pre-college at CET Florence | Group 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.