There was a lot of room for improvment Past Review

By (MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS., Texas Lutheran University) - abroad from 06/02/2014 to 07/06/2014 with

Netherlands Study Abroad Reflections: Comprehensive Reviews of Past Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to react and behave in a diverse situation.

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Laundry was stated to be free and it was not ( I had to seek out someone with the correct money card to use so I could clean my undergarments ), the kitchen was also dirty

* Food:

Expensive and/or bland, spoiled quickly

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We were placed on the outskirts of town and in our own international dorm.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got the flu while in the Netherlands and had trouble finding medication. I was told to drink tea.

* Safety:

I felt safe overall

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


* 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? About $60 was spent each week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget on how much you want to spend per week and stick to the budget. Otherwise you will spend everything in the first two weeks.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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 Beach
  • Drawing
  • Stroopwaffles
* What could be improved?
  • Living
  • Laudry
  • Kitchen
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish i would have known to budget better

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Drawing 1

Course Department: Art
Instructor: Jan Van Rees
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging on different levels to different students. I greatly enjoyed the class and how it encouraged us to venture out and explore and see the town in an artistic aspect. We were assessed based on our progress from beginning to the end.
Credit Transfer Issues: No