It was the most amazing experience of my life! I will never EVER forget what I learned!!! Past Review

By (political communications, Emerson College) for

Emerson College: Kasteel Well: The Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
ABSOLUTELY worthwhile! Being a political comm. major I need to know about the world and I think seeing the world is important and through this program I got to see so many different places and learn about a TOTALLY different culture! I cannot express how amazing it truly was!

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.

Very Good! I took some of the best classes I have ever taken at Emerson at the Castle! The professors were much stricter which I would say definitely encouraged me to learn more and be more engaged!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were amazing! They went above and beyond any time I needed help and really cared about the students!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was great staying in a castle, with the class rooms right down stairs, that aspect made it much easier to get up and go to classes in the morning.

* Food:

the kitchen staff is amazing and I loved them but after a couple weeks the same foods did get very old. I can't eat another boiled potato or piece of broccoli probably for a very long time

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My favorite field trip we did was probably going to the TBS facility with Chester Lee's intercultural communications class! That was such a unique experience and I will remember it forever! All of the excursions were great I just wished that we maybe had one closer to the end of our stay because at that point we were all much more connected to the staff and I think it would have been fun to take one last trip all of us together!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I didn't really have any health issues so can't comment

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?

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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? DO IT! Whether you can take one of your major courses or not the Castle program is amazing! I did not regret a SINGLE moment I spent there and I learned so much, met so many amazing people and got to visit a dozen different countries. I did things people can only dream of during my time at the castle. I took no courses for my major and yet I learned so MUCH from the courses I did take that can help me with my major and my future!!