The program itself was life-changing, but the Emerson staff charged with preparing us was inadequate Past Review

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Emerson College: Kasteel Well: The Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I LOVED this program, and I would totally do it again. But most likely, I would prefer to be closer to a city and less sectioned off from the rest of Europe.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Loved everything about it, except some of the professors weren't qualified to hold the positions they did.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Dulcia is without a doubt, the most amazing and fantastic individual I have ever met. She IS this program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

A Castle. I was very satisfied, but it would have been cool to have international students mixed in with us.

* Food:

It was... Very Dutch. Very little variety and very little flavor.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I thought both required programs were amazing.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There was a "Doctor's Office" down the road that wasn't open all the time and we were given very weird appointment times. If we got sick, we mostly dealt with it on our own.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

My french professor.

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* 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? Do not listen to David Griffin. Talk to other students who have done the program, they know a lot more.