Exceptional Immersion into the life of a Netherlander June 24, 2017

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/30/2017 to 06/03/2017 with

CIEE: Amsterdam - Social Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad was the best time of my college career. I become increasingly independent and confident as the trip progressed. I learned how to navigate a foreign city and become comfortable in new environments.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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 extremely enjoyed the CIEE study abroad program. The course I took were interesting and the programing CIEE provided add an extra enriching component to my time abroad.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location: The canals were gorgeous and the people were extremely friendly
  • Dorms: I lived in the city center which was the perfect location to be in the middle of all the action and excitement.
  • Friends: The people I met on the program will be my friends for life. We bonded and shared experiences we will never forget.
* What could be improved?
  • I wish I was able to choose my classes rather than provide the program 10 to choose from. This way I would be guaranteed classes I enjoyed
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't realize how much it rained in Amsterdam and the necessity of rain pants when biking! Biking is a necessity in Amsterdam.

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.