An enriching cultural experience Past Review

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 08/23/2018 to 12/22/2019 with

IES Abroad: Amsterdam Direct Enrollment - Conservatorium van Amsterdam

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I love the netherlands and i think everyone should go

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Horrible they weren't able to satisfy any of the requirements for school, and none of the teachers are qualified to be professors, they are just students who graduated from the rietveld many years ago.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

one of the nicest places i've ever lived in general

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

very but only because i went out and looked for it not because the school or IES helped with that.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I recieved the best therapy besides that i never went to any dotors or anything

* Safety:

very safe can walk around at night perfectly comfortable, ive never felt in danger while i was there.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

Th school I was sent to was so bad and i think it may actually have set me back.


* 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? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? transportation is expensive make sure to sign up to be a memeber with your local transportation because it helps save money


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 1
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
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?
  • the country
  • the people
  • the freedom
* What could be improved?
  • gerrit rietveld acadmie not being an option
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? to become a member of the transit system so i could save money on different trains

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.