independence building. Past Review

By (judaic studies, University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/14/2014 to 05/22/2014 with

Tel Aviv University: Undergraduate Semester in Israel

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
it taught me how to be myself, and deal with struggles, like getting lost, not knowing the language, dealing with people that hard to get along with, and how to be independent.

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.

I felt that it was a lot of information at once, but no clear connection between what we are learning and the intention of the classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

had issues with other students, but that isn't the problem of the university.

* Food:

Program didn't offer food choices, own budget for that

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

they went with me to the hospital and helped with communication, needed to get stitches

* Safety:

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


* 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? around 200 dollars (but I was one of the cheaper kids there)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? just save up before you leave, this is the time and place to spend your money not in the states. Look for discounts because your a student, or foreign,


* 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
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? Just got out and meet people, its okay to be off or wrong, at least in the country I went to they love americans.

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?

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

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  • 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?
  • the scenery
* What could be improved?
  • resources for traveling outside the main country.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? maybe one other person, or the geography better, plan activities or trips you want to do before going.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.