An immersive experience Past Review

By (Economics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/23/2018 to 06/07/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to better live on my own and navigate issues that arise without being able to fully consult others

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.

Classes were interesting and engaging but most were minimally challenging

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

Safety was never a direct concern but was always in the back of my mind. Being aware of your surroundings, and avoiding walking alone at night are helpful ways to feel safe.

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

Being able to live in Israel was the highlight, and the coursework was interesting but not particularly challenging


* 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)

Prices are on the higher side but buying groceries at local markets and cooking meals was a good way to keep costs down.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 75


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Third semester
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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
* 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?
  • The Locatoin
  • The Freedom
  • The Professors
* What could be improved?
  • The process of furnishing a working kitchen
  • Matching roommates by age
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the courses in Hebrew would not count for credit