You've decided to study abroad -- congratulations! Making the decision to pursue part of your education in a foreign country is extremely exciting, and is the first in a long line of decisions you'll make which define your entire study abroad experience.
At this point, most study abroad students usually ask themselves "which country do I want to study abroad in?" The world is now your oyster, and you can endlessly browse brochures, catalogs, and websites looking for the perfect destination for your term/semester/year abroad. Don't limit yourself by thinking of a single country as your destination for studying abroad. It turns out there are an increasing number of program providers that allow you to study abroad in multiple countries while completing your courses and experiencing the world.
One such provider is CIEE, who was one of the first providers to create a flexible multi-country study abroad program with their Open Campus program. Varying in length, students in the Open Campus program choose to study in up to three of the following countries: England, France, Germany, or Italy, for six weeks in each location. Imagine coming home from studying abroad having visited as many as three countries, instead of just one!
Having received my Masters’ degree by studying abroad through a multi-country program, I am excited to see more of these programs available to students at every level of education. Inspired by CIEE's Open Campus program, I wanted to share the biggest benefits I received from my multi-country study abroad experience. Hopefully, these will inspire you to consider a similar program as you decide which country (or countries) you want to study abroad in.