If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much June 13, 2017

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/20/2017 to 06/09/2017 with

Maastricht University: Center for European Studies, Semester Programmes

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to organized myself better and keep track of expenses and I learned about about many different cultures

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

Amazing staff, they were extremely helpful and always had an answer to whatever questions I came in with

* 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:

Maastricht felt very safe the entire time I was there even when walking alone at night

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I loved Maastricht as a home base for my study abroad experience because it was a nice little city to stay in and also centrally located and easy to travel to and from


* 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)

I spend on average little less than $150 per week

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably $60 each week on food and other expenses when not traveling
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? always compare skyscanner with google flights for flight prices before purchasing


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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?
  • the helpfulness of the CES staff
  • the city of Maastricht
  • meeting a ton of international students in the guesthouse
* What could be improved?
  • choices in housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that living in P building meant it was going to be very lonely at times and I would have to work a little harder to make friends

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.