Past Review

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Emerson College: Kasteel Well: The Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. I learned so much about different cultures and I feel like I understand people so much more. I am more open to new experiences and I'm more independent. I was truly changed by this program for the better, and have formed great relationships with people I may have never crossed paths with back in Boston.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2010

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The teachers really understood our circumstances and helped us get used to our new surroundings. The classes taught us about things that we were able to experience firsthand throughout Europe.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff and faculty really understood us and were able to anticipate many of our questions.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The castle was beautiful, as was the town of Well. I am used to living in the city with much more around me, but Well was a nice escape sometimes. We could go to buzzing cities on the weekend, and then come back to Well and walk down the street to see baby goats.

* Food:

I'm a picky eater, so I didn't always love the food at the castle, but I could always just have a sandwich if I didn't like the other food options. The major problem I had was the big time gap between lunch and dinner. I would always get hungry between the time lunch ended and dinner started.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The Netherlands is a beautiful country, and I'm glad I got to explore it. I got to go to Maastricht, Amsterdam, Venlo, Eindhoven, Den Haag, Nijmegen, and Rotterdam. Thanks to the field trips to Rotterdam, Maastricht, and Amsterdam, I was able to learn while exploring the cities.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I know of some people who weren't satisfied with the local clinic's response to their illnesses. They claim that the doctors didn't fully listen to them or didn't understand their problems. I never felt like I was in danger at any point during the semester abroad.

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)


Language acquisition improvement?

Most people spoke English in all of the countries I visited, so I didn't pick up much of another language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This is definitely an opportunity not to be missed. Everyone loves the experience and you come back as a family. It is best for someone who understands that this isn't a semester-long vacation, and that sometimes you'll have to work on a paper while on a train to another country. Overall, it is an amazing program and I would recommend it to every Emerson student.