Custom Programs &
Global Solutions

Looking to expand your global initiatives? We can help. Whether your goals are on-site or online, we have experienced staff and established centers all over the globe. Together with our parent organization, Academic Travel Abroad, our competencies extend far beyond study abroad. We offer a broad spectrum of services that span consulting, financial management and compliance, alumni cultivation and event planning, continuing and professional education, inbound students, virtual learning and internships, and even high school and bridge programs. Let us help you meet the challenges of today and fulfill your institution’s strategic priorities surrounding internationalization, global engagement, international enrollment management, and alumni engagement.

Internationalize with CET

Collaboration is Key

We understand that each institution has its own framework and priorities for global engagement, and we welcome the challenges and innovations that close collaboration can bring. When working with a partner, our strategy for success is genuine, two-way collaboration. We work with you to craft a strategy–and programs and services that deliver on it–that meet your unique needs, and we welcome the creative offerings that our partners bring to our own portfolio. Helping you to grow and expand helps us to do the same.

Your Trusted Resource in the US and Abroad

Working internationally comes with its own set of challenges, like observing foreign laws, working with local governments, dealing with global or regional crises, or navigating different cultures and languages. With over 70 years of operation and counting, we’ve already done the heavy lifting. We are legally registered and compliant in all countries where we run programs. With decades of on-the-ground experience, robust response procedures, and staff that are carefully trained in crisis prevention and management, you can trust us with your global initiatives.

Meet Your International Goals

Your goals are wide-ranging and ambitious—increasing the number of students studying abroad and increasing the numbers of international students on your campus, establishing your own centers around the world, and supporting faculty research and exchange. Partnership could mean anything from consulting to customized study abroad programs to faculty development, or even alumni cultivation. No matter where you are in the process or how ambitious your internationalization goals are, we can help. With your ideas and our decades of experience—in program development, student life, legal and financial compliance, risk management and emergency response, and institutional relationships abroad—we can support you in whatever direction you want to go.

One Partner, Endless Possibilities

We’ve got what you need for internationalization support. Here are just a few ways we could work together: 

Student-Facing Programming

CET offers customized study abroad programs around the globe. Whether your program is 2 weeks or 15 weeks, we work in close conjunction with you to bring your vision to life. Customized programs can operate at any time of the year, offer as much or as little support as you need, and operate at any CET site around the world. Learn more about collaborating with CET on custom programs.

Looking to help students engage internationally even while they are studying at home? Programs can focus on area studies, intensive language, and even virtual internships. CET has vast placement networks in Greater China, Jordan, Vietnam, and the Czech Republic that can be put to work for you and your students. Offer a virtual internship as a complement to online instruction or as a gap year option for incoming students. Placements may be available in a variety of fields from computer science to non-profit management, from public health to political science.

COVID-19 is disrupting higher education for international students around the world. CET is prepared to help you offer in-person, residential experiences for international students in their home countries—allowing them to continue their educations, and you to maintain international student enrollments until they can return to campus. 

We currently have three study abroad programs available in Shanghai, Beijing, and Florence for students unable to return to the US for the fall term. Students on these programs will take CET-taught undergraduate courses—with the potential to direct-enroll in select locations for a broader spectrum of course offerings—and have 24/7 staff support. We are open to discussing custom academic offerings, support for online coursework, or cohort-based student life programming as needed by your institution. CET is also open to discussing utilization of additional sites beyond China and Italy for your institutional needsLearn more about study abroad programs for your international students

Better prepare your incoming students to meet the academic demands of a US undergraduate education. CET offers in-person coursework, housing, activities and excursions, and staff support to students who have been admitted to one of CET’s partner universities. Many components (e.g. program dates, courses, activities, etc.) can be customized to suit your institutional needs. 

We currently offer CET Shanghai: Academic Bridge Program for institutions seeking support for an existing bridge program or trying one out for the first time. Learn more about the Academic Bridge Program.

With many institutions reporting record application numbers for the next academic year, many are searching for a way to keep spring admits engaged and committed to their chosen college or university. CET offers spring admits the chance to study abroad in Florence, Shanghai, or São Paulo in the fall semester before they matriculate: earning college credit, creating bonds with other spring admits from your institution, and building valuable academic and social skills that set them up for success once they arrive on-campus.

In all three program sites, spring admits take a 100-level writing course acclimating them to college composition and research and appropriate-level electives alongside other CET students. Students also receive extra support from CET staff and are housed together to create additional opportunities for growth.

Interested in offering your spring admits an option for fall study abroad? Get in touch by completing the form below to start the conversation. 

Whether your students enroll in CET’s  programs for international students at a CET center or take online coursework abroad though your university, CET can execute in-person affinity-building activities that offer students a sense of community and connection to their home campus. From a special streaming party for convocation to setting up logistics for a group hike on mountain day, CET can assist in keeping your special, institution-specific traditions alive with students even as they are abroad. 

Examples of possible activities:
•  Orientation activities for first-year students
•  Bonding activities for your university cohort
•  Interactions with your local alumni network in the form of panels/lectures, networking events, and site visits
•  Themed activities and excursions exclusively for your university cohort: day, weekend, or fall break trips
•  Organizational support for university traditions that students may not want to miss

Support Services & Alumni Programming

As your university aims to resume international travel for students, staff, and faculty, you will likely be faced with many questions surrounding safety protocol, how to prepare for the next crisis, and how to safely resume faculty-led programming. Let CET help your institution with a COVID-19 response debrief, drafting of policies, or recommendations on structuring a health and safety position for your office. Learn more about health and safety consulting from CET.

CET’s deep networks around the world can benefit your international recruitment strategy. Whether you need direct recruitment support or supporting services for incoming international students, we can work with you to design programs that meet your needs.

Examples of past programs include an Inbound Summer Program in DC for Chinese Students, the Wellesley College Road Trip for International Students, and the Kalamazoo College Scholarship for Chinese International Students.

CET has developed programs from scratch since our beginning in 1982. We can put that experience to work for you, developing policies, procedures, and best practices for your office, your centers abroad, and your faculty-led programs, and advising on local hiring, curriculum development, and host partner relations.

Past consulting clients include the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Office of International Programs.

Academic Travel Abroad, CET’s parent organization, has designed alumni travel programs for decades, working with institutions such as Yale University, MIT, and the University of Virginia to deepen ties to their alumni and cultivate donors through educational travel.

Does your team need help processing payments? Your international business office could save on budget by outsourcing your payment needs to ATA/CET. The experienced finance team at ATA/CET currently partners with one of the largest state university systems in the US as their payment processor, and has also managed payments for some of the smallest private colleges. Not only can we send payments within the US via ACH and Check on your behalf, we can send wires in USD and most currencies to most countries. Let us unburden your staff with treasury management, online tracking of payments, and reporting through SAP Concur for full transparency. Learn more.

CET’s parent organization, Academic Travel Abroad, specializes in designing educational travel programs that connect donors to your university in deeper, more meaningful ways. 

Partners include the National Museum of American History and Brookings Institution.

Hosting an international conference or event? CET can take care of the planning and logistics. From on-the-ground arrangements to attendee registration, use CET resources in the US and abroad to make your event a success.

Past conferences include 2018 Babson Connect Worldwide in Madrid, Spain and the 2019 Career Integration Conference, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center.

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