Amsterdam - comfortable and fun Past Review

By (behavioral sciences and sociology, San Jose State University) - abroad from 08/18/2011 to 07/06/2012 with

ISEP Exchange: Amsterdam - Exchange Program at Universiteit van Amsterdam

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
the experience was incredible. i loved the city and the people i met. it was the best way i could have spent a university year.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

i put one star because i had to submit a rating. i cooked for myself in my housing, so i cannot rate the food of the institution.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

i met most of my dutch friends through a program outside of my exchange and university. i would not have met so many dutch people if i had just done exchange activities.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

though theft was a problem in my building, i always felt safe in the city.

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)

amsterdam was a VERY expensive city. i didn't travel or shop a lot, but i still found that my 700 euros a month stipend was gone before the end of the month.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 250


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • my exposure to dutch culture
  • meeting dutch people
* What could be improved?
  • the cost was high, but that's just amsterdam
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? bring more money