Students are selected by random lottery for fall and spring semesters and must apply one year in advance of study, which means incoming freshmen should apply to the program during their first semester at Emerson in order to be able to attend the program in fall or spring term of their sophomore year. Juniors and seniors who apply must be able to maintain a 16-credit course schedule. The course offerings at the castle are geared toward sophomores because the program primarily offers General Education Curriculum courses.

How to Apply

Students must apply one year in advance of study at Kasteel Well. Apply here.

  • The application deadline for both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 will be midnight on November 15, 2020
  • Participants are chosen by random lottery within each department to maintain appropriate representation from each department. Honors students are selected by random lottery in a separate applicant pool. 
  • Honors Students: Honors students are strongly encouraged to go in the fall of their sophomore year when the Sophomore Honors Seminar is offered at the castle, but spring is also a possibility.
  • Decisions will be released as soon as possible on a space available basis.
  • Applicants may apply for only one term: Applying for both fall and spring at the same time is not an option. Make certain you apply for the correct term, as changing terms at a later date will put you at the bottom of the waitlist for that term.
  • Musical Theatre majors: You may only apply to the Kasteel Well Summer Programs.
  • Qualifications: Students must be in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and have no social sanctions against them.
  • New Freshmen: The system will automatically upload your academic information.
  • Juniors and Seniors: Juniors and Seniors are eligible to attend the program and are encouraged to apply. However, you should be aware that many of the classes offered are 200 & 300-level general education courses. Please discuss this option with your academic advisor to ensure that your degree requirements will be met.
  • Program Deposit: Upon approval to attend, a nonrefundable and nontransferable program deposit of $300 is required. Spaces are not held for applicants, even approved applicants, without a confirmation deposit.
  • Room and Board: Housing is mandatory. Students are housed in single, double, triple, and quad rooms. Rooms are assigned according to seniority. There is also a mandatory 14-meal-per-week food plan. There is no meal service on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Non-U.S., Non-E.U. Applicants: Due to recent and more strict application of Dutch immigration rules, non-U.S. and non-E.U. citizens may encounter difficulties obtaining an appropriate visa. All non-E.U. international applicants should contact the Director of International Study and External Programs or the Dutch Consulate in their home country for further information about visa restrictions. You may be required to obtain a Schengen Visa.

Non-U.S., Non-E.U. Applicants

Due to recent and more strict application of Dutch immigration rules, non-U.S. and non-E.U. citizens may encounter difficulties obtaining an appropriate visa. All non-E.U. international applicants should contact the Director of International Study and External Programs or the Dutch Consulate in their home country for further information about visa restrictions. You may be required to obtain a Schengen Visa.

2020–2021 Estimated Costs

See the table below for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Estimated Costs.

Fall & Spring Estimated Costs
Tuition Cost
$ 25,120 Tuition ($1,570/credit for 12–16 credits)
Room and Board per semester (14 meals per week at the castle)
$ 9,634 Single
$ 9,384 Double
$ 9,134 Triple
Additional Costs
$ 2,100* Estimated European Travel Package (see details below)
*Note: If you purchase your own flight ticket to/from Europe, a portion of this amount will be deducted from your bill
$ 2,467
(undergrads)
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD Health Insurance—Yearly from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021—this charge will automatically appear on the Fall term bill. If you have the mandatory insurance coverage required for living in Europe, you can waive this. If your current plan meets the coverage requirements, please follow instructions for the Student Health Insurance Plan Online Waiver Form.
Please view the Health Insurance Requirements section for Mandatory Insurance Requirements for castle students.
$ 454 Undergraduate Student Services Fee (includes Health Clinic Fee, Student Government Association Fee and Registration Fee)
$ 35 Orientation Fee: Europe
$ 39,560 TOTAL: Estimated for a student in a Double room, keeping the EC health insurance plan, and traveling on the group flight
Spending Money
+/- $ 4,000 Estimated amount of spending money for a semester abroad (includes average spent on weekend meals, entertainment, shopping, air and rail fare for independent travels, bus tickets & taxi money, accommodation, mobile phone costs, etc.)

As of 9/15/2020. Subject to change.

European Travel Package

Included in the European Travel Package

  • Round Trip Airfare – Boston/Amsterdam  Group flight RT Ticket costs approximately $1000 = $1300
  • Arrival and Departure (group) ground transportation to/from Schiphol Airport to/from Kasteel Well if you are on the group flight or meet the group at the airport
  • One Way transportation to the required group excursion cities (i.e. NOT round trip) 
  • Excursion city hotel accommodations and breakfast each morning on group excursions
  • Cost of the price of admission for group tours, lectures, and visits to various museums and other events planned during group excursions
  • Third Party Liability Insurance that covers the student’s personal liability for damage, loss of property, injury, or death caused or inflicted while participating in the Kasteel Well Program.

Not Included in the European Travel Package

  • Friday & Saturday meals, the dining hall is closed on Fridays and Saturdays because most students travel on the weekends.
  • One-Way return travel costs back to the Castle (or other destination) after the group excursion ends
  • Cost of a cell phone that you must carry with you throughout the program. Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to have sufficient credit on their phone at all times (!)
  • *Students who plan to travel every weekend need to save (on average) $5,000 for the semester.

Additional Spending Money Needed

Most students said they needed about € 200 per weekend for spending money (not including travel and accommodation costs).

Most spring and fall semester students need approximately $ 5,000 in spending money for the semester. Some students will spend more money, some will spend less; the amount you need depends on your personal travel style, how many weekends you travel away from the castle and how much shopping you do.

Mobile Phone: For safety purposes, all castle students are now required to carry a mobile phone that functions in Europe.

Health Insurance Coverage in Europe: Participants in the Kasteel Well Program must have an insurance plan that provides coverage outside of the United States. Please visit the Health Insurance Requirements section to view mandatory insurance coverage requirements for castle students.

For additional information, call 617-824-8567 or email castle [at] emerson.edu.

As of April 5, 2017. Subject to change.