Multiple Locations +18
  • Netherlands
    • Amsterdam
  • Germany
    • Berlin
  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires
  • South Africa
    • Cape Town
  • Denmark
    • Copenhagen
  • Ireland
    • Dublin
  • Japan
    • Kyoto
  • England
    • London
  • Spain
    • Madrid
  • Italy
    • Milan
    • Rome
  • Costa Rica
    • Monteverde
  • France
    • Paris
  • Chile
    • Santiago
  • South Korea
    • Seoul
  • China
    • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Australia
    • Sydney
  • Mexico
    • Yucatan
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


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
Apr 30, 2024
May 06, 2024
58 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!

Program Reviews

4.92 Rating
based on 13 reviews
  • 5 rating 92.31%
  • 4 rating 7.69%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.15
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

Do it!

I was nervous about going abroad, but it was the best choice I have made! Studying in Madrid was amazing. From the culture to the social life to the beauty, everything was awesome. CIEE did a great job of integrating the city and the culture into the classes, and I am so thankful I took the leap! From culture and cuisine to masters in Madrid museums, the classes I took used to city and experiential learning to help me make it feel like home. I could not recommend Madrid and studying abroad more :)

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I went to Rome during Holy Week and saw the pope’s Good Friday speech! And the parade! It was awesome
  • Flexible schedule
  • Integrated into culture
  • Kind professors
  • Housing is far
19 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Open Campus: A Must

I have really enjoyed the CIEE open campus program; it provides an opportunity for students to explore new cities and have a wide range of travel opportunities. The professors are all incredibly kind and personable, and the CIEE staff is friendly and helpful. The CIEE staff provides great recommendations for food, night activities, day trips, and other resources that students may find helpful for exploring whatever region they are in. I have been able to meet so many new people, and make a variety of friends with unique experiences.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would perhaps choose to study in Australia.
  • Friendly staff
  • Meeting new people
  • Travel opportunities
  • Housing maintenance issues
37 people found this review helpful.
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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
56 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
57 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
88 people found this review helpful.
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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!
92 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
92 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!

112 people found this review helpful.

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