Kasteel Well Fall Review Past Review

By (Broadcast Journalism., Emerson College) for

Emerson College: Kasteel Well: The Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was not only worthwhile but I don't regret one thing I did while I was there. Would do something similar if I could in a heartbeat.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

About the same as the home campus. A lot more of an emphasis on reading instead of writing though.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was incredibly helpful at all times. A weakness for the program would be how far away you are from everything in the small town of Well but it's also a strength as it sets the program aside from the rest.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was also a positive experience. Living in a castle was surreal at times but in the end I felt the same comfort as I would in my bed at home.

* Food:

There wasn't too much variety in meals but there was always something to eat so it wasn't too bad. Just a little repetitive toward the end seeing that it always seemed to be the same things.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The ability to travel anywhere on weekends was such an amazing facet of the program. I had plenty of different cultural experiences, none of which I can say I regret.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

It was a small town so I would say I always felt very safe.

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)

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?
  • Ability to travel
  • Location
  • Being with such a small, close group
* What could be improved?
  • Food variety
  • Internet in classrooms