The Ultimate Guide to CIEE Open Campus Block

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One of our most exciting and unique study abroad programs is our Open Campus Block program. Allowing CIEE participants to design their own study abroad experience, this program has a lot of features – read on as we offer the ultimate guide to CIEE Open Campus Block!  

What is CIEE Open Campus Block?  

CIEE Open Campus Block is a flexible study abroad option where students get to decide the details of their study abroad experience, including courses, program length, and locations 

As a brief overview, students choose between six, 12, or 18-week blocks and can decide on a location for each of those six-week blocks. This means students can travel to up to three different locations for 18 weeks, two locations for 12 weeks, or one location for six weeks. The options are virtually endless with this program!  

How Does CIEE Open Campus Work  

We break down our CIEE Open Campus Block programs into three different options: Semester Blocks, Quarter Blocks, and Summer Blocks. Take note of the program details here to determine which option makes the most sense for your schedule and interests.  

Build your own study abroad experience for an entire semester with CIEE Open Campus Semester Blocks! With more than 16 locations across the world, you can choose up to three destinations over the span of 18 weeks (an entire semester). The locations include:  

CIEE Open Campus Block also covers just about every subject you can think of, so students like YOU can match your study abroad courses to your degree or subject area of interest. This multifaceted program will help you become a seasoned world traveler and learn a lot about different cultures and perspectives.  

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If you attend an institution with quarter terms, CIEE Open Campus Quarter Block program is the best option to align your credits and course materials during your study abroad trip.  

We offer various quarter programs that last up to 12 weeks, and you can earn up to 21 credits, depending on the program you choose.  

We offer exciting courses across all major areas of study, including:  

Each of our Open Campus study abroad programs include the same 16 locations outlined above, so you have a lot to choose from! And remember, you can study at one location or move to different cities between blocks too.  

CIEE Open Campus Summer Blocks last anywhere from six to 12 weeks and participants have the option to choose from the same aforementioned 16 amazing locations around the world. This is an incredible way to spend your summer break – check out a few of our summer options below:  

And tons more!  

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Top CIEE Open Campus Programs  

All CIEE Open Campus programs are exciting adventures, but we do have some top programs based on student feedback! Check them out here:  

Known as The Eternal City, Rome is an iconic city, recognized around the world for its lengthy history, incredible art and cuisine, unique culture, and tons more. A CIEE Rome Open Campus Block study abroad program guarantees a memorable experience.  

Program details:   

  • Length: Six to 18 weeks 
  • Credit: 6-7 per Block semester hours/9-10.5 per Block quarter hours 
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA  
  • Cost: $6,950 
  • Featured Course: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day: The Art, Architecture, and History of the Ancient City  
  • Excursion Highlight: Learn how to make your own authentic gelato  

The capital of Spain, Madrid is a lively city with a spirited sports scene, world-class cuisine, and incredible museums and architecture. A CIEE Madrid Open Campus Block study abroad program will be an exciting experience.  

Program details:  

  • Length: Six to 18 weeks 
  • Credit: 6-7 per Block semester hours/9-10.5 per Block quarter hours 
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA  
  • Cost: $6,950 
  • Featured Course: Spanish Masters in Madrid Museums  
  • Excursion Highlight: Visit popular Madrid neighborhoods like Lavapiés, Malasaña, and La Latina  
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As Germany’s capital, Berlin is a European economic powerhouse with a complex history, breathtaking architecture and museums, and a fun, modern culture. Participating in CIEE Berlin Open Campus Block study abroad program guarantees a unique experience.  

Program details:  

  • Length: Six to 18 weeks 
  • Credit: 6-7 per Block semester hours/9-10.5 per Block quarter hours 
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA  
  • Cost: $6,950 
  • Featured Course: Mass Media in Europe  
  • Excursion Highlight: Visit famous landmarks like Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Reichstag building, and the historic Mitte district 

Experiencing CIEE Open Campus Block study abroad program in the City of Light will be a magical adventure. As one of the most famous cities in the world, exploring Paris’s cuisine, history, art, and culture is an experience like no other.  

Program details:  

  • Length: Starting at six weeks 
  • Credit: 6-7 per Block semester hours/9-10.5 per Block quarter hours 
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA  
  • Cost: $6,950 
  • Featured Course: Fashion and Business in France  
  • Excursion Highlight: Explore much of Paris including visits to the Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg Gardens, and the Louvre Museum 

CIEE Open Campus Reviews  

If you’re still not convinced to participate in an Open Campus Block program (although we’re sure you’re nearly there!) check out some reviews from students who took part in the program and learn more about their unbelievable experiences.  

  • Kayln Miaya-Ree W., from Spelman College, states, “CIEE did an amazing job of giving us all the tools we needed to make the most of our study abroad experience. We were provided with study trips, lists of activities and authentic restaurants, and opportunities to be physically and mentally active. I have enjoyed my first six weeks and I am excited for my next block in Paris.”  
  • Yoselin A., from Arizona State University, reflects, It’s a great program. The block schedule is really helpful with allowing students to travel and have enough free time during the week. Two courses every six weeks was something very doable.”   
  • Citaly A., from Portland State University, says, “The Open Campus Block allowed me to experience other cultures from all over the world while allowing me to learn from those cultures as well.”  

And tons more – check our additional student reviews on our Open Campus Block specific program pages!  

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A Program as Unique as YOU 

CIEE Open Campus Block study abroad programs are the perfect way to travel the world, earn credits toward your degree, learn new cultures, and meet new people. Design your own study abroad experience today!