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Kasteel Well study abroad program to move forward with limited travel for fall semester

Students enrolled in the college's Kasteel Well study abroad program for the fall semester will be under strict travel restrictions and enforced social distancing measures.

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

June 16, 2020

Emerson’s Kasteel Well study abroad program in the Netherlands will proceed in the fall semester with significant alterations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a college official. Students choosing to attend Kasteel Well will see enforced restrictions on travel and an altered c...

Isolated castle or populous city: I felt safer at Kasteel Well

Kaitlyn Fehr

By Kaitlyn Fehr

April 8, 2020

On March 6, all 81 Kasteel Well students were brought back to Boston by the college due to rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19. We were told this decision was made out of the best interest for our safety—yet in the three weeks following our return home, the confirmed cases of coronavirus in...

Kasteel Well students to receive refund for canceled Milan excursion

Kasteel Well students to receive refund for canceled Milan excursion

By Lara Hill, Deputy Sports Editor

April 3, 2020

The college plans to issue a refund for costs associated with the Milan academic excursion that officials canceled due to concerns with the spread of COVID-19 across Europe, according to a Friday email from the college.  The Beacon reported in February that the college canceled the Kasteel Well academ...

College considering housing refunds for Kasteel Well students leaving campus

College considering housing refunds for Kasteel Well students leaving campus

By Lara Hill, Deputy Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

The college is currently “leaning in the direction” of providing housing refunds to Kasteel Well students planning to return home for the remainder of the semester, a college official said in a meeting Wednesday night. Assistant Vice President of International and Global Engagement Anthony Pinder s...

Expectation vs Reality: The mental and emotional impact of studying abroad

Expectation vs Reality: The mental and emotional impact of studying abroad

By Lara Hill, Deputy Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

A few weekends ago, I went bar hopping with my friends in Amsterdam. You would probably expect me to be dancing and singing to the reggaeton music playing at the bar, living my best life abroad. Instead, my mind was overwhelmed with negative thoughts. I spent half the night isolating myself, holding...

Kasteel Well students return amid Coronavirus concerns

President M. Lee Pelton speaking to students who were forced to evacuate the Netherlands during the Spring 2020 semester after COVID-19 spread rapidly around the world. Pelton expressed support for the

By Katie Redefer, Deputy Lifestyle Editor

March 7, 2020

Kasteel Well students trudged bleary-eyed through the rain at 4:00 a.m Central European Time on Friday to board a bus to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, beginning a 14-hour travel day that would return them to Boston six weeks early.  The college announced Monday that all castle students would return to Boston for the remainder of the semester due to an “abundance of caution” follow...

Kasteel students to return on Friday as Coronavirus spreads in Europe

Kasteel students to return on Friday as Coronavirus spreads in Europe

By Dana Gerber, Deputy News Editor

March 4, 2020

The college plans to send students studying at the college's Kasteel Well campus back to Boston on Friday after college officials announced earlier this week that the program would conclude early due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs...

Kasteel Well students to return to Boston after outbreak of Coronavirus

The college gathered all Kasteel Well students in the dining hall Monday evening to announce the cancellation of the program.

By Lara Hill and Katie Redefer

March 2, 2020

WELL, NETHERLANDS—The college will send Kasteel Well students back to the Boston campus later this week due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, commonly known as Coronavirus, throughout Europe, Kasteel Well Executive Director Dulcia Meijers said in a meeting with students on Monday evening.  ...

The Long Road Home: Weathering Storm Ciara back to the castle

The Long Road Home: Weathering Storm Ciara back to the castle

By Christopher Williams

February 26, 2020

WELL, NETHERLANDS—A major winter storm raged across northern Europe on Feb. 9 and delayed transport back to the Netherlands as Kasteel Well students wrapped up their first independent travel weekend. The storm, referred to as Storm Ciara, brought thunderstorms and high winds up to 75 miles per hour to multiple countries between ...

Coronavirus scares halt travel for Kasteel Well students

With the uptick in coronavirus diagnoses across Europe, Kasteel Well officials has banned student travel outside of the Netherlands until March 15.

By Lara Hill, Deputy Sports Editor

February 24, 2020

WELL, NETHERLANDS—Kasteel Well officials canceled the four-day mandatory academic excursion to Milan, Italy Monday and banned student travel outside the Netherlands until March 15 due to recent cases of COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus, across Europe. According to an email sent to Kasteel Well s...

Expanded reporting from the Castle with new Kasteel Well vertical

Expanded reporting from the Castle with new Kasteel Well vertical

By Katie Redefer and Lara Hill

February 24, 2020

Editors Katie Redefer and Lara Hill introduce their reasoning for establishing a new Kasteel Well vertical focused on student reporting at the castle program.