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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Copenhagen, Denmark; London, United Kingdom; Madrid, Spain; Merida, Mexico; Monteverde, Costa Rica; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: ASU applicants only
  • Cost Sheets: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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Program Description


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Photo's courtesy of CIEE

The Multiple-Destination track of the CIEE Open Campus program will not be available during the spring 2021 term.  Applications for single locations are available for spring 2021 and CIEE plans to return to offering the Multiple-Destination track for the fall 2021 semester.

The Open Campus program offers flexibility to engage and experience multiple countries in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Pair two or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement. Select your academic track from five diverse options, then choose your electives from a wide range of available courses and subject areas. Each block will be spent in a different city (choose between Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Merida, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, and Sydney).

No matter how you build your program, you’ll immerse yourself in new cultures. Study in state-of the-art classrooms, and get involved with fun activities, interest groups, and sports on a campus designed to connect you with the local community. Plus, you’ll have plenty of chances to get out and see each city up close during included excursions and multi-day study tours.




CIEE Berlin 3

Buenos Aires La Boca Neighbor

CIEE Cape Town overview


London Bridge

Paris 1

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Santiago Cityscape

Photos courtesy of CIEE.

Location Details

CIEE Global Institutes are located in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, and Sydney. Find out more about possible location combinations by going to this website. 

Berlin is the dynamic and fascinating capital of Germany with a dramatic and disturbing past. As a center of German cultural and intellectual life, the influence of Berlin reverberates around the world. It offers an incredibly wide range of cultural offerings, including many museums, theaters, restaurants, cafés, music venues, and green spaces. With low rents and inexpensive food prices, Berlin is an attractive place for artists and young people who flock to the city and make it one of the most dynamic places in the world to work, live, and study. The 24-hour public transportation system is extensive and the city is well connected to other cities. 

Being one of the twenty largest cities in the world has its benefits. Buenos Aires offers a vibrant theater district, shops and dynamic neighborhoods. Stately architecture and a steady influx of European immigrants have earned it the nickname Paris of South America. With a population of 13 million, Buenos Aires offers a rich array of educational and cultural opportunities.  Founded in 1536, this bustling metropolis reveals influence of Europe and the Middle East and is also the world's leading Spanish language publishing hub.

Cape Town is Africa’s most popular destinations for many reasons, starting with its glorious climate and natural attractions – from Table Mountain to stunning beaches. Situated on the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town is a vibrant multicultural city with a rich selection of day and night activities. Water sports, mountaineering, nightclubs, and restaurants are readily available. The city is also a microcosm of the challenges facing many African countries in transition – how to successfully operate within a global economy while grappling with the vast socioeconomic inequalities that are the legacy of the colonial and apartheid past.

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, has a population of approximately two million in the metropolitan area, with a cosmopolitan city atmosphere and rich cultural offerings It is topping the list of the world’s greenest and most sustainable urban centers. With more bicycles than cars, this former Viking fishing village enjoys one of the highest GDP/capita in the world, and the reputation of being one of the happiest places to live.

In London, the River Thames flows through this exciting global metropolis. Shakespeare’s Globe Theater rests humbly in the theater district among busy trendy restaurants. Modern sensibility spills beyond the walls of the Tate Modern (a museum that was once a power plant) into the futuristic Millennium Bridge, a stark contrast to the traditions of Westminster and Buckingham Palace. More than 250 languages are spoken here in the capital of the United Kingdom, making London the most linguistically diverse city in the world. London is at the cutting-edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums, comedy, and theater. Those looking for a break in the pace of London life will find an abundance of green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks in the heart of the city.

The capital city of Madrid is the largest city in Spain, and yet it’s filled with green spaces like the Royal Botanical Garden and the Retiro Park. Points of interest include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis that can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema. Madrid’s influences in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts all contribute to its importance as an international metropolis. Madrid’s economic output, high living standards, and market size, ranks it as the major center of southern Europe.

From its hundreds of Mayan ruins and colonial architecture to its exceptional food and bustling city life, the Yucatán is a complex hub of ancient and modern culture. In fact, the city of Mérida hosts one of the largest intact indigenous populations (60%) of any Latin American city. Look for Mayan culture as part of daily in the modern city – its regional foods, music, textiles and traditions are all rooted in centuries of tradition.

Located in northwestern Costa Rica, Monteverde lies along the continental divide at the crest of the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain chain, which is blanketed by a cool, wet cloud forest extending down into the Atlantic lowlands. The cloud forest provides a striking contrast to the deciduous forest on the Pacific side.

Paris offers some of the greatest sites in the world: Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace de Versailles, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower to name a few. Beautiful, small touches greet you every step of the way, from fresh baguettes and croissants at every boulangerie to the gorgeous squares and parks that line the city. The Seine’s waterways, quays, and bridges transport you to breathtaking sights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

With a history of over 2,500 years and a population of 4.3 million, Rome is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. Having become first one of the major centers of the Italian Renaissance, and then the birthplace of the Baroque style, Rome boasts numerous churches, monuments and museums, and some of the most visited places in the world, including Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon. From a hill in the region of Lazio, along the shores of the Tiber river, you can see Rome’s many churches, palazzos, and neighborhoods.  As the capital city of Italy, Rome is the seat of the Italian government.

The metropolis of Santiago is South America’s sixth-largest city, with a population of six million people. Seated at the base of the Andes Mountains and the edge of the Pacific coast, Santiago is perfectly situated not only for sunbathers and mountain climbers, but for those seeking higher education in world-famous universities. Latin America’s finest universities reside in this stable and growing capital as do the country’s biggest businesses. Students relish the asados (barbecues), beautiful neoclassical architecture, and the vibrant and affordable urban environment.

Perched on the banks of the Huangpu River and the East China Sea, Shanghai is a global hub of culture, commerce, and finance. Shanghai, home to over 24 million people has seen massive development over the last two decades. The new financial district of Pudong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Boasting the fastest-growing rapid transit system in the world, Shanghai’s urban centers are conveniently connected by the world’s first commercial high-speed Maglev train, 13 subway lines, and two of the world’s busiest airports. 21st century businesses are increasingly interconnected through complex technological, political, social, and financial systems. 

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.

Visa Information

Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or CIEE, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Where You'll Study - CIEE Global Institutes
Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institutes are typically for CIEE students only. Each course is a full semester in content taught in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated and the workload demanding. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week. Required co-curricular excursions complement your coursework and immerse you in local history and culture.

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION: Course offerings change from one semester to the next as well as per Open Campus block.  Check CIEE's website for information on the specific semester and block(s) you plan to pursue to determine course offerings.  The pre-approved course lists on the Study Abroad Office website includes all classes that have been offered and does not guarantee that these classes will be available during the block you plan to study abroad.

Various courses are offered at each Open Campus location. Find out more about course offerings in each location and each block by going to this website. Please note that course offerings differ by location and block. 

Academic Program

View program details for each Global Institute:


Students earn 6 credits per block, and so can choose 2 blocks to earn 12 credits or 3 blocks to earn 18 credits.

View ASU course equivalencies:

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CIEE China templePhotos courtesy of CIEE


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Program Housing

Housing and Meals
Depending on selected locations, students may live in on-campus residence halls, apartments, or homestays. Check out the city program pages for detailed city-specific information:

You are strongly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet is available at the CIEE Global Institutes.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad.  Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the cost sheet for information on current program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.

  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.

  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.

  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.

  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.

  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.

  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/25/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.