The Dutch Know Best Past Review

By (Sociology, Drake University) for

Webster University: Study Abroad at Webster Leiden

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I wouldn't trade it for a million dollars. I learned that I can live in a foreign country by myself and that makes me feel that I can accomplish quite a bit more than I ever expected I would be able to. It simply broadened my horizons and made me realize that I don't have to be stuck in the same place for the rest of my life: there's a whole world out there waiting to be explored.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Leiden University, Central College Abroad
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Definitely very different. Papers aren't double spaced and professors expect you to take initiative for your own learning much more than they do in America.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program directors were also professors which I think caused some problems with authority between the professors and students. Communication wasn't always the clearest.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

No food provided, had to cook and/or buy everything we wanted.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Many class excursions which were a blast. We travelled to Belgium as well as many other Dutch towns that we wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe in Leiden. Obviously walking around Amsterdam alone isn't the best idea but I never felt intimidated or worried about my safety while abroad.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The other students. We instantly became a family and I love every one of them, they made the experience everything.
  • My internship with Leiden University
* What could be improved?
  • The schooling
  • Making students take classes at foreign institutions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just do it. It was the most rewarding thing I have ever done for myself. I even met the love of my life while there, who knows, maybe you can, too!