Multiple Locations +14
  • Germany
    • Berlin
  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires
  • South Africa
    • Cape Town
  • Denmark
    • Copenhagen
  • Ireland
    • Dublin
  • Japan
    • Kyoto
  • England
    • London
  • Spain
    • Madrid
  • Costa Rica
    • Monteverde
  • France
    • Paris
  • Italy
    • Rome
  • China
    • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Australia
    • Sydney
Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Accounting Business Communications Cultural Studies Digital Media Gender Studies Health Sciences International Business International Relations Journalism Liberal Arts Literature Marketing Sustainable Development +4
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
Take one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of rich curriculum and cultural engagement, then select your academic track from six options with a wide range of subject areas.

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Scholarships are available so don't miss out!
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Meals Visa
Jan 18, 2022
Oct 05, 2023
51 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

With CIEE's Open Campus Block Program, you can design your very own semester program in up to three amazing cities! Whether you want to study for 6, 12, or 18 weeks, you can build the ideal study abroad experience that offers mobility, cultural immersion, and an academically rich experience – tailored to fit your needs.

See all the study abroad city combinations using our custom study abroad tool, spin the globe, or take a look at experiences around some of our most popular open campus combinations!

Select from sixteen cities in our CIEE network in Europe, Latin American, Africa, and Asia and view flexible courses offered to meet your needs including Business; Communication, Journalism, and New Media; Global and Community Health; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature, and Culture; Sustainability and Environmental Sciences; and Internships and Research Projects.

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Program Highlights

  • Study abroad in up to 3 amazing cities in one semester
  • Customize semester to meet degree requirements, personal interests, time frame and budget
  • Add internships or research projects as part of your semester
  • Block system allows for flexibility with all institutional calendars
  • Scholarships and grants are available - don't miss out!



CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.91 Rating
based on 11 reviews
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  • 4 rating 9.09%
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  • Academics 4.3
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Awesomeness

Amazing program every which way. Consistent schedule, fabulous academics, great people, and wonderful travels- what could be bad? So many different locations offered with helpful staff and people. Coordinate lots of fabulous group activities and offer amazing educational experiences. Such a great learning and growing experience navigating different cities and new cultures. Met friends that will last a lifetime and travel memories that will last always and forever. If it wasn’t for CIEE I wouldn’t have been to Europe at all

  • Met great people
  • Got to travel all over
  • Amazing academics
9 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Open Campus of Opportunities

For my CIEE Open Campus Program I visited Rome for my first six week block. This program is perfectly designed for students whose main goal while studying abroad is to travel to multiple locations. The class schedule is Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, so Wednesdays are perfect for exploring around the city and your neighborhood and the three day weekends make traveling to new locations in Italy super convenient! While the classes are each 2.5 hours long, it is necessary in order to complete the course credit hours due to the shortened program of only 6 weeks compared to most other schools which generally last the entire semester (approximately 14/15 weeks). The program offered an included overnight trip to Pompeii and Paestem that was no additional charge for students. CIEE also provided opportunities to sign up for events around the city of Rome like pizza making classes, gelato tastings, bike tours, and more - also at no additional cost for students! These were a great way to explore the host city while saving some money which was super valuable for me as a college student! Also, the courses I enrolled in were based around Rome (specifically the architecture and museums in Rome) and they included numerous On-Site visits to different ancient ruins, monuments, and museums all over the city! This was also a great way to get familiar with the large city.

  • Abundance of Resources from the On-Site staff for many varying concerns and questions
  • 3 day weekends every weekend - perfect for traveling to other locations
  • Plethora of activities, and excursions offered by the program at no additional cost to students
  • Communication of Itinerary's for group trips, excursions, etc. were sent out with just a few days notice before events
  • 2.5 hour long classes
11 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Immersion in Nature

This is a program for people that want to be immersed in nature and experience the rainforest. There is a lot of downtime where you can explore the area and go on hikes, swim in the river nearby, and hang with the local dogs and monkeys. On the weekends you can travel to other towns to go out and get a taste of Costa Rican nightlife, but there is not much (or any really) nightlife in Monteverde. It is a small town which is great in many ways but can get boring sometimes. The food at the dining hall is amazing (and included in tuition), the housing is very comfortable (think glamping), and you couldn't imagine a more beautiful location.

  • Nature
  • Opportunity for adventures
  • Amazing people
  • Can be isolating
  • No nightlife
  • Expensive
41 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Open Campus in Kyoto

I recently participated in a study abroad program in Kyoto, Japan and it was an incredible experience! From the moment I arrived, I was immersed in the vibrant culture and rich history of the city. The program offered some interesting classes, I really enjoyed the more intimate structure of them and appreciated how interactive they were.
The support and communication of the staff were great. They were always available to answer questions and provide good recommendations, making the transition to living and studying in a foreign country seamless. The housing arrangements were comfortable and conveniently located, allowing me to explore the city independently or with classmates. Overall, the study abroad program in Kyoto was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I would highly recommend to anyone looking to broaden their horizons and gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.

  • Easy public transport
  • Lots of great affordable food choices
  • Open campus is great for getting a small taste if you don't want to be away too long or want to visit multiple countries
  • Classes aren't very flexible with attendance or hybrid courses to enable more travel
  • Kyoto's program is new so not as organized as other countries programs yet
  • 6 weeks doesn't feel long enough!
44 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Block 1 in Rome, Italie

Rome is one of the most amazing experiences that I have had. The city is so beautiful and if you are able to visit other cities you will see the true beauty of Italy. I was able to visit nine cities during my six weeks because of how easy it is to get a train or bus ticket to so many other areas of Italy. Rome has many museums, historical sights, parks, stores, restaurants, you name it. The true beauty of the city lies in the small alleyways and the streets away from the touristy areas. Amazing pastas for very cheap prices, great gelato, and some of the best pastries and deserts. The city has amazing sunrises and sunsets, one of my favourites are in the Roman Forum and on the bridges. There are little pathways by the riverside that are so peaceful and have great views. While it is very important to be with people you know and not travel alone in the dark, sometimes it is great to take some time to explore the city on your own. Campo di Fiori near the Fontana di Trevi is a great little market with lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, juices, souvenirs, pastas, condiments, and limoncello! Alongside it there are some really good restaurants and a few little neighbourhoods. Definitely worth getting lost in some of these areas and simply looking around because that is where you will find some of the best things to explore. Everywhere you look is a mesmerising experience so take it all in. Do not miss out on stracciatella gelato, a classic margherita pizza, aperol spritz, and tiramisu of course!

  • Alway having somewhere to go, no matter the time
  • Everywhere you turn is a photo op
  • So many things to see and places to visit
  • Extremely crowded public transportation
  • Touristy areas can be very expensive
  • People on the streets are constantly trying to make you pay for something
43 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience- some logistical errors turned to great adventures

This program was amazing I spent 12 weeks in Copenhagen. I learned so many new things and got to explore a sustainable and creative city. My classes were academically challenging, but I still had plenty of free time to explore! I loved the study tours that are included as part of the cost. I got to see many places I may have never known about. I also loved the weekly emails that updated me with local events around the city. I got to go to film festivals, art shows, historical places, and so much more!

56 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Open Campus Program

I had the most incredible time studying abroad with CIEE through the open campus program. I loved this program because you are able to change locations throughout your semester three different times. I skipped the first block and then went to Rome, Italy for block 2 and Madrid, Spain for block 3! I learned so many different things abroad and created so many lifelong friendships! CIEE specifically made it very easy to meet other students by creating fun activities throughout the week and interactive classes!

  • Great social scene
  • Amazing interactive classes
  • Flexibility with classes - makes it easier to travel around
63 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

3 Countries. 18 Weeks. BEST. SEMESTER. EVER.

CIEE Open Campus program was something I've literally never heard of so when I found out I could live in 3 countries throughout one semester, I got excited! This program allowed me to meet so many incredible people and take classes that immersed me in my host culture while also giving me the freedom and encouragement to explore on my own. Each experience was so unique while I lived in Rome, London and Copenhagen for 6 weeks each.

I bet y'all are looking for some details though so here's some specifics. I attended this program in the spring of 2022, Covid was still pretty strict around Europe so parts of my program were a little different because of restrictions and rules. This sucked at times because we would have to get tested before every trip or excursion BUT CIEE handled this very well and we were still able to go on day trips through the program and attend fun events like pizza making in Rome or Hygge nights in Copenhagen!

I know traveling alone or committing to a study abroad program when you don't know anyone can be scary and I was a little nervous at first too but that's one thing I LOVED about CIEE. They are so hands on with meeting you at the airport, providing transportation to your housing, having people greet you at the study centers and having an orientation with important general information of your host country. All of this gave me so much peace while settling into each country and not having to worry about how I would get where in a foreign culture.

I can not recommend designing your own semester abroad enough! Why Wouldn't Ya?

p.s. I'm open to answering any specific questions anyone has whenever :)

  • Hands on help from the program
  • Freedom of traveling & exploring independently
  • The amount of people you meet and connect with!
  • Covid restrictions during my time abroad
  • Taking online courses from other host countries, it just wasn't my favorite but it did provide me with more travel freedom.
  • Not being provided food in some of the housing accommodations especially if we didn't have access to a kitchen.
61 people found this review helpful.

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