keep on keeping on June 06, 2018

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/29/2018 to 06/02/2018 with

CIEE: Amsterdam - Social Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to challenge yourself and change will eventually follow.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Workload was on the heavy side, UVA exams were difficult, overall challenging and enlightening.

* 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?

Did not utilise healthcare in the Netherlands.

* Safety:

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

Yes but I would take more UVA classes.

Finances

* 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)

Eating out definitely became a treat, more manageable if you ate in and biked around instead of paying for transportation.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably around $75 ballpark range
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Figure out how to cook

Language

* 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

I took Dutch and it helped me a lot.

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? None in Dutch
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? Try to practice in real life situation as much as possible

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • CIEE Professors
  • Housing Options
  • Trips
* What could be improved?
  • more option to integrate into the community
  • Food on arrival day
  • Moving directly into dorms instead of the hostel
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring a heavy water resistant coat for the beginning and my own set of sheets.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.