Jerusalem, The Eternal Capital of the Jewish State of Israel May 22, 2016

By (University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh) - abroad from 01/11/2012 to 09/02/2012 with

MASA: Israel Journey

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience transformed my life. Learning about the history of my culture in the actual location where so many events actually transpired was really something that impacted everyone strongly.

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.

Real world and infield experience both living in a city center and traveling the country with amazing teachers

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Helped build great programs to supplement studies on weekend retreats

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great views, friendly international roommates, and a wonderful location

* Food:

Chef at Aish was the best!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Connecting with your heritage is the main point of the program. The goals were achieved and enlightenment was spread quite broadly

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

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)

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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Learning
  • Location
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Transfer credits
  • Internet access
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I could have tried to stay longer !

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.