Israel & Egypt: A Once in a Lifetime Experience August 17, 2018

By (Berea College) - abroad from 06/16/2018 to 07/07/2018 with

KIIS: Israel & Egypt

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained an increased cultural awareness and sensitivity. I learned so much about the rich history of Israel and Egypt. Amazing!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* 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?

Nashwa always made sure to check on us if we felt ill, and would readily come when asked.

* Safety:

Remember to heed the warning of your advisors and you will be just fine.

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

The places we visited, the food we ate, and all of the beautiful souls we encountered...definitely a once in a lifetime trip.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Have an idea of how much you would like to spend before you go out for the day. Learning to budget is key.

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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Highschool Level 3 of Latin
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? I made flashcards to study at night. The words/phrases that we used the most we reviewed together often.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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 beautiful historical sites!
  • The food!
  • The people!
* What could be improved?
  • Rest/Down time
  • Vegetarian Options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? We were warned how intensive it would be, but I was thinking it would be more academically challenging, It was more so the physical requirement that pushed me to the brink of sanity some days. I wish I would have gotten into shape a bit before embarking on this journey.

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!