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

How to Apply

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

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  • The application deadline for both Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 will be midnight on Monday, November 15, 2021. Kasteel Well is not open to graduate students.
  • Participants are chosen by random lottery within each department to maintain appropriate representation from each department.
  • Honors Students: Honors students are selected by random lottery in a separate applicant pool. Honors students are strongly encouraged to attend in the fall of their sophomore year when the Sophomore Honors Seminar is offered at the castle, but spring is also a possibility.
  • Acceptance decisions will be released as soon as possible after the application deadline 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.

Visas

Castle students are not required to obtain student visas. However, unless you are a citizen of either North America (Canada, Mexico, United States) or a Schengen country, you may be required to obtain a Schengen Visa. The 26 Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. All international applicants should contact the Office of Education Abroad and Domestic Programs or the Dutch Consulate in their home country for further information.

European Travel Package

Included in the European Travel Package

  • Round Trip Airfare: Boston/Amsterdam Group flight RT Ticket costs approximately $850–$1,000
  • 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 meals on group excursions
  • 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 June 02, 2021. Subject to change.