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From the castle to Boston: What happens to home when you’re abroad?

By Sophia Pargas, Living Arts Editor
October 5, 2022

As I stared out at the descending Miami skyline on my first flight back to Boston since December 2022, unease rumbled in my ribcage like the engine of the Delta Boeing 737 surrounding me. Apprehension,...

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No change in sight for Kasteel Well following Omicron variant detection in Netherlands

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
December 2, 2021

Weeks after a surge in COVID-19 cases forced the Netherlands into another lockdown, the appearance of Omicron—the latest mutation of the virus—threatens to throw Europe, and Emerson’s Kasteel Well...

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Emerson students at Kasteel Well unfazed by Netherlands lockdowns

By Bailey Allen, Editor-at-Large
November 18, 2021

Amid a rise in COVID cases throughout the Netherlands, Emerson students studying abroad at Kasteel Well face a three-week partial lockdown, which has limited their ability to go out to local establishments...

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Kasteel Well students reflect on departing the castle

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
March 29, 2021

On March 2, 2020, the 76 students studying at Emerson’s Kasteel Well campus gathered in a cramped dining hall awaiting an update on spring break, expecting news regarding where and when they could travel. Instead,...

Emersons Kasteel Well campus in Well, Netherlands.

With no students at the castle, the town of Well remains shuttered

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
February 18, 2021

Nearly 3,500 miles away from Boston, a towering castle is quiet. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the dorms at Kasteel Well have sat empty for nearly a year—and the neighboring Dutch village lies...

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Kasteel Well program cancelled for spring semester due to ongoing travel restrictions

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
October 16, 2020

The Kasteel Well study abroad program has been cancelled for the spring semester due to ongoing European Union travel restrictions on U.S. citizens. The cancellation comes after college officials were...

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Kasteel Well fall program canceled in a swift change from previous plan

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
August 4, 2020

The fall Kasteel Well study abroad program has been canceled after the college was unable to secure permission for U.S. citizens to enter the Netherlands, according to a college official.  The cancellation...

Kasteel Well students to receive refund for canceled Milan excursion

Kasteel Well students to receive refund for canceled Milan excursion

By Lara Hill
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...

College considering housing refunds for Kasteel Well students leaving campus

College considering housing refunds for Kasteel Well students leaving campus

By Lara Hill
March 11, 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...

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
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,...

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, Sports Editor
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...

Emersons Kasteel Well campus in Well, Netherlands.

Coronavirus scares halt travel for Kasteel Well students

By Lara Hill, Kasteel Well 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...

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Kasteel Well students uninjured following deadly Dutch shooting

By Anissa Gardizy
March 18, 2019

Students studying abroad at the Kasteel Well campus in the Netherlands are safe and uninjured following a deadly shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday morning, a college official said. The...

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