Australia

Sydney, Australia

Open Campus Block

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Information for term Open Campus Block

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Sep 25, 2021 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Sep 27 – Nov 6, 2021 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Nov 8 – Dec 18, 2021 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – Feb 13, 2021 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – Mar 27, 2021 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Mar 29 – May 8, 2021 (6 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Nov 6, 2021 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Sep 27 – Dec 18, 2021 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Dec 18, 2021 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – Mar 27, 2021 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Feb 15 – May 8, 2021 (12 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jan 4 – May 8, 2021 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Head to the land down under and discover the breathtaking biodiversity and laid-back lifestyle of this diverse country. Even better, experience Sydney your way by customizing your study abroad term on the Open Campus Block Program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your courses from a wide range of subject areas. In Sydney, you’ll enjoy one of the world’s most livable and friendliest cities with easy access to outdoor activities and iconic beaches.

Stay in Sydney the entire time or spend other blocks at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Yucatán, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, and Shanghai.

  • Do your class reading

    at the magnificent Bondi Beach

  • Learn about social justice and delivery of services

    in one of the most livable cities in the world

  • Enjoy

    the great Australian outdoors

  • Sydneysiders, or residents of Sydney

    5M+
  • hectares of parks and nature areas in Sydney

    1M+
  • tons of fish sold daily at the Sydney Fish Market- the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere

    52

Location & Culture

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Sydney’s origins trace back to an area inhabited by indigenous Australians for over 30,000 years, discovered by Europeans in the 1770’s and settled as a penal colony in 1788. With a population of around five million, Sydney is a cosmopolitan, open-minded, multicultural city. Nearly half of its residents speak a language other than English at home and 36% were born overseas. Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live globally, and it is renowned for its social inclusion, diversity, and tolerance.

Study Tours

Embark on a two-night/three-day study tour included in your program. You could have the opportunity to kayak in the Sydney Harbor, hike the Blue Mountains or attend a performance at the infamous Sydney Opera House.

Excursions & Activities

Each block features a study tour and various activities may include:

  • Go on a 3-day/2-night excursion to the nation’s capital, Canberra, to learn about the governance of Australia and witness the highs and the lows of Australian history at the Australian War Memorial and the Reconciliation Place
  • Kayak with your “mates” through Sydney Harbor before a traditional Australian BBQ
  • Hike the spectacular Blue Mountains with experienced and informed guides ready to share the environmental and cultural history of the spectacular landscape

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

  • Volunteer Opportunities: Sydney Dogs and Cats Home Animal Shelter – work on projects that support the needs of stray dogs and cats in our campus neighborhood. Indigenous Education Center – volunteer for peer to peer tutoring. Women's Library Resource Center – work on projects that support the needs of the center. Code Club Sydney – help young learners from disadvantaged backgrounds learn basic computing skills.
  • Internships: Internship opportunities are available as part of the study program in a variety of businesses and NGOs in both private and public organizations.
  • Research: Pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent and local fieldwork. 
  • Service-Learning: Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Students in Sydney will live across a variety of housing locations. Housing options are mostly twin rooms with some single and triple rooms. Students will share a kitchen and other facilities with others. Housing locations are all in convenient locations to shops, cafes and public transport within the city area and are within a commute of around 30 minutes to classes in Ultimo, Sydney.

  • Meals

    You will have shared kitchen facilities to prepare meals or purchase food and drinks at local grocers. Sydney has a vibrant food scene with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and meats readily available. You’ll find Australian food is influenced from all corners of the globe, whether it’s a walk down Spice Alley, fish and chips on the beach or a traditional Australian pub feed there is something for everyone’s tastes.

Sydney, Australia

Where You'll Study

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    Sydney Opera House

    world famous Sydney landmark

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    Bondi Beach

    world-class spot to lie in the sand, play rugby, or surf

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    CIEE Global Institute - Sydney

    Located at 616 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney

Academics

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Academics

Students enroll in one, two, or three six-week blocks, taking two courses during each block. This program gives students the flexibility to stay in Sydney the entire time or spend other blocks at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, and Yucatán.

Students may select one of six academic tracks: Business; Communications, Journalism and New Media; Global and Community Health; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature and Culture; or STEM and Society. 

The CIEE Global Institute is centrally located and convenient to public transportation for exploring the city.  Courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty drawn from a variety of higher education institutions in Sydney.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in two courses each block. Students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one course.

Program Credit

  • One block: 6 U.S semester/9 quarter credits
  • Two blocks: 12 U.S. semester/18 quarter credits
  • Three blocks: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: typically, 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 90 service hours

Academic Culture

Each course is a full semester in content, covered in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from Sydney when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.

Class Format

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online with our learning management system, Canvas.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

Language of Instruction

English

Courses

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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations.
  • ​Use the Course Comparison Tools to compare classes offered across all Open Campus programs for each block:
  • Mobile students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course (offered in London, Monteverde, and Yucatán) will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range.

Academic Projects

  • Each Academic Project (Internship, Service-Learning and Directed Independent Research) placement will be designed based on the student’s project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project will receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience.
  • Students applying for an Academic Project are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.
  • To qualify for participation, students must be in the location for at least one block in advance of the Academic Project to prepare for and secure placement. As a result, students participate in an Academic Project in either Block II or III.

Spring 2021 CIEE Courses

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Spring Block I

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
Language
Semester Credit
Spring Block II

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
Language
Semester Credit
Spring Block III

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
Language
Semester Credit

Spring 2020 CIEE Courses

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Spring Block I

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
Spring Block II

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
Language
Semester Credit
Spring Block III

Business Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Global and Community Health Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

International Relations and Political Science Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
(GI) MUSI 2001 SYAU: Music and Society
English
3

STEM and Society Track

Course
Language
Semester Credit
 
Course
Language
Semester Credit

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Flight Voucher

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring Block I 2021 6 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Feb 13, 2021
$5,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $4,533 **

Housing = $950

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $5,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,000

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $950

Total Estimated Costs = $3,750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring Blocks I, II 2021 12 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 27, 2021
$11,900
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $8,983 **

Housing = $2,450

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $11,900

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,000

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $1,900

Total Estimated Costs = $5,900

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring Blocks I, II, III 2021 18 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 May 8, 2021
$17,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,433 **

Housing = $3,950

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,000

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $350 ††

Personal expenses = $2,850

Total Estimated Costs = $8,400

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† Required for students attending a full semester

Spring Block II 2021 6 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 Mar 27, 2021
$5,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $3,983 **

Housing = $1,500

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $5,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,000

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $950

Total Estimated Costs = $3,750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring Blocks II, III 2021 12 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2021 May 8, 2021
$11,900
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $8,433 **

Housing = $3,000

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $11,900

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,000

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $1,900

Total Estimated Costs = $5,900

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring Block III 2021 6 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Mar 29, 2021 May 8, 2021
$5,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $3,983 **

Housing = $1,500

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $5,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,000

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $950

Total Estimated Costs = $3,750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Fall Block I 2021 6 weeks May 1, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Sep 25, 2021
Fall Blocks I, II 2021 12 weeks May 1, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Nov 6, 2021
Fall Blocks I, II, III 2021 18 weeks May 1, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Dec 18, 2021
Fall Block II 2021 6 weeks May 1, 2021 Sep 27, 2021 Nov 6, 2021
Fall Blocks II, III 2021 12 weeks May 1, 2021 Sep 27, 2021 Dec 18, 2021
Fall Block III 2021 6 weeks May 1, 2021 Nov 8, 2021 Dec 18, 2021

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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