"All's Well that Ends Well: A different country every weekend!" Past Review

By (Writing, Liturature, and Publishing, Emerson College) for

Emerson College: Kasteel Well: The Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think it helped my worldview to see so many different places in person. Everyone knows about other countires but in a way they only become real to you when you visit. Now when i hear a news story about Belgium, I'll connect that to the experiences I had there, I won't just think, "oh yeah, that's a place somewhere, I think they have good waffles." I had a five star experience because I made it a five star experience. The school can only do so much for you, you have you make the most of your time abroad. I think I'm even more interested in sociology than I was before, and now I'm considering going to grad school for it.

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.

The workload was challenging but manageable. Grading didn't seem that different from the US, except that my travel writing professor gave us the option of number grades or just her comments, so that was nice. The differences in the educational system

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program ran smoothly and excursions were well-planned.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The food was fine, but it's hard not to get sick of it after 3 months.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

two group excursions to Berlin and Amsterdam, weekly school activities, like sports night and haunted houses. class excursions to military cemeteries/ war museums.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Well is just about the safest place in the world. it's a small town, everyone knows each other, and despite that I saw a police car patrolling once or twice so I knew crime wasn't overlooked.

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


* 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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • food
  • administration
  • getting a feel for many places
* What could be improved?
  • dutch food
  • better internet
  • it's a whirlwind. sometimes you feel rushed
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't think you'll have a ton of free time. The classes take up more time than you think they will. I think anyone could benefit from this program.