Life-Changing Past Review

By (Emerson College) - abroad from 05/11/2012 to 06/18/2012 with

Emerson College: Kasteel Well: The Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about myself, religion, art, photography. Yes.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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


* 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)

I was not prepared to spend as much as I ended up spending. I was told expenses may be upwards of $2000, and it ended up being much more. I think this should be advised for other students.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? could be ~$300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? stay in Hostels and eat at hole-in-the-wall places.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Traveling
  • Experience
  • Art History
* What could be improved?
  • Cost
  • Expenses
  • Food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive this experience really is. Cheap ways to travel between countries.