The Castle: The Best Three Months of my Life. Past Review

By (Wlp, Emerson College) for

Emerson College: Kasteel Well: The Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained independence. I no longer have to rely on anyone for anything. I made great friends I probably would not have met if I had not gone to the castle. I have a changed view of the world as a whole.

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 became friends with everyone. They were helpful and approachable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I have dietary restrictions and they were very accommodating, I never went hungry.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The trip to Amsterdam was integral for the friendships that developed between everyone in the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There was a doctor's office a block up the street that I never had to visit but I know plenty of other people who did and were satisfied with their visits.

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

  • Hostel
  • Hotel
  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* 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? Be open minded. You will find yourself in situations you would never expect to be in. Just go with the flow, everything will be fine.