Amsterdam is LITERALLY AMAZING July 17, 2018

By (Politics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/29/2018 to 06/04/2018 with

CIEE: Amsterdam - Social Sciences

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to be way more independent than I was and made new friends in a situation where I didn't know anybody. Trying new things and meeting new people and being comfortable with being uncomfortable are certainly skills I am happy to be better at now.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was very helpful when we needed them and didn't overstep. It was basically like "You're here and make it on your own but we're here if you need us" which was great.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had a great and huge room with my own bathroom and kitchen, but it was a bit dirty

* 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:

Felt super safe!

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

The program is great in that they set you up in the middle of Amsterdam and then you just kind of go and it's such a fun experience

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)

Luxury things like fancy coffee were very expensive, but it's fairly cheap to buy groceries and you can bike or tram or walk everywhere so transportation is cheap, and you can definitely find cheap flights all over Europe

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100 or so
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Hunt for cheap flights they're out there!!! Also tempting as it is you should seriously set a limit on how often you go out to eat.

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

It's fun to try out Dutch but literally everyone speaks 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? 0
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Learn how to do a few things really well

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The location
  • The CIEE classes
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation could be better / more organized
  • Communication of specific dates beforehand
  • Some of the programming didn't actually happen
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There is 0 language barrier

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.