Amsterdam- An Amazing Experience! August 18, 2019

By (Mount Holyoke College) - abroad from 01/28/2019 to 05/30/2019 with

IES Abroad: Amsterdam - Law & Criminology

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be self-sufficient, be independent, and more responsible. No one was looking after me or forcing me to work out or eat healthy. I also learned how to budget and travel cheaply.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* 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? Yes

I wouldn't change my experience for the world. For all the ups and downs, I grew a lot as an individual while abroad.


* 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 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Open a foreign bank account as soon as possible- also get a customer card with the local grocery store.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people I met
  • The food
  • The traveling
* What could be improved?
  • Support for classes I took
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I did not need to buy a raincoat

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.