Best 4 Months Past Review

By (Economics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/20/2017 to 12/23/2017 with

CIEE: Amsterdam - Business + Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
definitely grew up a lot

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

was harder than i expected, don't think Midd kids should do business and culture we are not properly exposed to all the content

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

they were very helpful and accomodating

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

even though there were only 10 kids from my program in my dorm, i had a great roommate and location

* Food:

program didn't provide food but liked what the country had to offer

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

it was very easy since a large majority speaks english

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

program didn't help had to seek help from university of amsterdam health services

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

the program was a bit unorganized at times and i wish i did social sciences instead of B&S but overall i loved amsterdam


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? A lot
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? n/a


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

most people spoke english

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 200-
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • accessibility
  • classes they provided
* What could be improved?
  • organization
  • response time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? which program to choose

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Business & Sustainability in the Netherlands

Course Department: Business
Instructor: Simone
Instruction Language: English
Comments: grading expectations were unclear
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Contemporary Dutch Social Policy

Course Department:
Instructor: Bonnie
Instruction Language: English
Comments: content was very enjoyable but course was a bit unorganized
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Beginning Dutch

Course Department: Dutch
Instructor: Lisa
Instruction Language: Dutch/English
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Financial Geography

Course Department:
Instructor: Emil, Christiaan
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: