I left my heart in Well Past Review

By (Acting., Emerson College) - abroad from 01/15/2014 to 04/16/2014 with

Emerson College: Kasteel Well: The Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile. I met some of the most amazing people from all over the world through traveling and living in the Netherlands. I was able to learn about myself and how I interact with people. I also learned a lot about time management. I saw things I never imagined I'd actually see and got to live in a castle. Dream come true.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

OSA are the four most amazing people in the world. They are so helpful, and kind and fun to be around. They definitely helped make the Castle program an incredible time. It wouldn't have been the same without them!

* 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? No


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan your trips as far in advance as you can to save money!!


* 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?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • OSA
  • Traveling every weekend
  • The professors!
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That you should plan your weekend trips more than two weeks in advance for the most availability and the cheapest prices.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

The World Since 1914

Course Department: History
Instructor: Ralph Trost
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Ralph is an extremely passionate teacher who cares about his students and makes every class enjoyable. One of the best teachers I've ever had and one of the most interesting classes I've ever taken. It was amazing to learn about World War II and then the next weekend visit Berlin and see all of the things we talked about in person!
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