A challenging semester! Past Review

By (Mathematics, Statistics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 03/20/2017 to 07/31/2017 with

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology: Haifa - Semester of Engineering & Science

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile! I got to practice my Hebrew, be immersed in Israeli culture, and see places in Israel I hadn't been before.

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.

Very difficult, but definitely was taught a lot

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Could have used more organization and information before starting, but everything worked out really well once I was on the ground

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Apartments were fine. Nothing better or worse than college dorms

* Food:

We had to cook for ourselves so food was whatever you wanted

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

School was very well integrated

* 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

I really enjoyed my time abroad, but I would be hesitant knowing now how difficult the academics are. I definitely learned a lot, and I liked being integrated into the community there, but I'd probably take different classes, or be better prepared to take what I did.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?

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

Select all that apply

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Integration with the community
  • Social events
* What could be improved?
  • More course offerings
  • More communication prior to the semester
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that everything would be okay when I got there. The communication was sparse prior to the semester, but everything worked out.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.