Eye opening October 03, 2022

By (Business, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/31/2022 to 06/03/2022 with

CIEE: Amsterdam - Business + Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Got to experience part of the world I had never seen before

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in amstelveen, a bit outside of the city not what i expected

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

I had a great time


* 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? around 100 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? your gonna have to spend some money, be frugal when you can


* 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

encouraged, you did not have to though

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to dutch people

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • People
  • city
  • extracurriculars
* What could be improved?
  • program
  • housing arrangements
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Idk man

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Beginnning dutch

Course Department: CIEE
Instructor: Lisa Janssen
Instruction Language: Dutch/english
Comments: great course, great teacher
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Digital innovation and virtual organizing in a global setting

Course Department: international business
Instructor: Anastasia Sergeeva
Instruction Language: english
Comments: It was challenging, but repetitive and unnecessarily convoluted at times
Credit Transfer Issues: no issues
Course Name/Rating:

cross cultural marketing

Course Department: international business
Instructor: Ingmar Leijen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: yes it was challenging and interesting, sometimes hard to engage in large class setting
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: Economics and business economics
Instructor: Anna Gold
Instruction Language: English
Comments: challenging course
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Contemporary Dutch Social Policy

Course Department: CIEE
Instructor: Katie Poltz
Instruction Language: English
Comments: good course, interesting and engaging
Credit Transfer Issues: no