A great trip with plenty to do! Rich in culture, history, and food! June 10, 2022

By (Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University) - abroad from 05/09/2022 to 05/23/2022 with

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Horticulture, Natural Resources and more in the Netherlands

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that culturally, Europe it self has different ways about handling issues and what think is the go to answer that might be straight forward is a challenge for them due to their infrastructure being vastly different.

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.

Knowing what to expect from this course from a previous year I was supposed to go on. I was excited to really think about another country in ways that we easily look over.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Since this course has happened a few times. Giving the students a heads up that sharing rooms is not the same in the United States and that the bathrooms in the rooms will make people feel uncomfortable since they are not used to that style.

* 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


* 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 had money saved from the previous attempt on going on this trip so I was able to save more have more spending money for the trip

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200$ per week


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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 food
  • Deep history
  • Cultural intermingling
* What could be improved?
  • Student cooperation and understanding
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that that country uses the touch card for payment so I could have a card to do that type of payment because the public bathrooms would some times only accept that form of payment

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!