Expanding Horizons: How to Study Abroad



By Zac Ladouceur

Has your student ever wanted to travel the world, but never really had the opportunity, or known how to?

Emerson has an impressive and imaginative assortment of programs that allow students to continue and supplement their educations around the globe! From Prague to Los Angeles, there is a place or program for all students, regardless of major and interests. Our other major Emerson-sponsored external programs include The Netherlands, Prague, Spain, Beijing and Shanghai, Austria, Greece, France, Ireland, Mexico and Washington, D.C., I’ll walk you through some of the popular programs, and show you how your student can take advantage of these wonderful opportunities.

One of the most popular programs that Emerson has to offer is the Kasteel Well program in Well, The Netherlands “The Castle”, as it is affectionately called, is a real-life 14th century medieval castle that was renovated to house 85 Emerson students for 3 months in both the Fall and Spring Semesters each year. In this unique program, students are exposed to the vast and rich culture, language and scenery of many European cities. From organized trips to places like Madrid, Vienna, and Amsterdam with professors, to getting the chance to travel independently, students at The Castle truly make the most of their experience.

Applications for the Kasteel Well, Netherlands program must be completed a year in advance. Incoming Freshmen should apply their first semester at Emerson to be considered for their Sophomore year of school. Musical Theatre and BFA Acting students are only able to apply for Summer Study at the castle.  

One of the other great programs that are offered through Education Abroad & Domestic Programs is Emerson’s satellite campus in Los Angeles, California. Per the official ELA website; Qualified Emerson juniors and seniors may enroll for one semester of study at Emerson Los Angeles, a residential program with a full semester of internship opportunities and coursework, as well as personal and professional development workshops and panel discussions. Up to 200 students can enroll in the fall and spring semesters. Students who participate in the ELA program gain valuable internship experience, build connections with other students and key players in their chosen fields, and create a footprint in the local community by participating in community service programs. While not International, ELA still provides an incredibly diverse experience for students who are looking for a change of scenery in a new city!

Other programs that are a little less conventional than the Castle and ELA programs include things like Greece: Screenwriters’ Lab in Patmos. This program offers students the opportunity to concentrate on and improve their film and television writing skills. A select number of VMA/WLP students will participate in this screenwriting lab comprised of discussion, workshops, writing exercises, cold readings, and focused blocks of time set aside for writing.

These are just a few of the many programs that are offered through Emerson College. For more information, please feel free to visit http://www.emerson.edu/education-abroad-domestic-programs.

We hope that this has given you a little taste to all the amazing opportunities your student has to be able to Study Abroad and expand their Emerson experience!

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