A wild and busy time with some academics June 11, 2018

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/21/2018 to 06/08/2018 with

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Rothberg International School: Undergraduate Study Abroad Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worthwhile. I got to practice ebing an adult within a supportive community.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Was not particularly challenging or stimulating. Limited course offerings

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The student village is very nice. Apartments for five people with individual bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living area.

* Food:

No meal plan. Restraunt options on campus were good

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very little integration into local culture. All classes are in the international school.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Provided health insurance cards and information during oreintation

* Safety:

Very safe city. Guards and metal detecors in many public places including entering campus.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I enjoyed living in Jersualem and being a part of the fellowship I participated in.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Produce was very cheap but processed food was much more expensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $175
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook and meal prep as much as you can

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Ulpan was excelent in quickly improving my Hebrew

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Brandeis Hebrew 34A
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak to people in Hebrew as much as you can- it really helps

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Ulpan
  • Comunity
* What could be improved?
  • Academics
  • Communication with students
  • Interactions with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is a long walk from the dorms to campus- bring water

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!