A study abroad experience, not an educational experience. July 14, 2015

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 02/01/2015 to 06/04/2015 with

Tel Aviv University: Undergraduate Semester in Israel

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience was nice because on either side of tel aviv I traveled in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. If i had solely done tel aviv I would not have enjoyed it as much

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.

While the course in Hebrew was very good, the rest was a complete joke.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The madrichim (couselors) were great. However, the academic staff left something to be desired.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The program made it sound like there was a real kitchen, which there was not. Since there was no meal plan this was a problem for many of us who wanted to cook a lot of meals in. The problem is that in Israel, kitchens are not what they are in the U.S. However, because this is a program marketed largely to Americans it should be more clear.

* Food:

The food in Tel Aviv is great, but there was no meal plan or real kitchens in the dorms. Restaurants are very expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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? No

I would likely go to a more academically rigorous program.

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? 250

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? 02
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?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Being in Israel
  • The staff sets up great trips
* What could be improved?
  • The diversity of students on the trip.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had been advised on the mentality of people going on study abroad.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Hebrew

Course Department: Language
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Besides the fact that it was at 8:30 am everyday, it was very well taught. As a beginner I was able it pick it up very quickly.
Credit Transfer Issues: