A Broad Abroad January 11, 2018

By (Clark University - Worcester) - abroad from 08/17/2015 to 12/11/2015 with

Maastricht University: Center for European Studies, Semester Programmes

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience was incredible and 100% worthwhile. In retrospect, I credit the program for further developing my independence.

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.

Problem Based Learning was fun and challenging. I enjoyed the conversational nature of the program and still remember the tasks I learned two years ago.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The CES staff is fantastic! It was great to know I had unwavering support and guidance throughout my time in a foreign country.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The Guest House accommodations were within walking distance of a large grocery store, which made shopping really convenient. I also appreciated the program's cell phones for rent. While I didn't use my international phone too frequently, it really came in handy when I needed it.

* Food:

Stroopwafel, a thin caramel like waffle cookie, and bitterballen, what I think "fried Thanksgiving" would taste like, were two of my favorite foods. #lekker

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I liked taking courses with local students. It was great to hear more about their culture and experience different aspects of it with them.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

CES staff were more than happy to help us arrange appointments and navigate the Dutch system.

* Safety:

I felt completely safe walking around Maastricht throughout the day and night. I remember the student guides jokingly telling us that bike thefts were the most common crime.

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

Finances

* 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? 25-30

Language

* 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

Everyone knew English

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

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Maastricht
  • CES Staff
* What could be improved?
  • Fewer classes with Americans
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring a portable charger!