An incredible way to learn and get to know such a diverse country! June 04, 2018

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/18/2018 to 06/03/2018 with

Tel Aviv University: Undergraduate Semester in Israel

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Don’t sweat the small stuff and live in the moment Yes it was worth it!

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.

The entire semester was very laid back until the end of the program around finals time. It would have been much better if the course load was spread out. Professors were kind and helpful but didn’t have as close of a relationship that I would have liked.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very easy to communicate and helpful!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

There was no meal plan.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Felt integrated but would have liked program organizer to do more with integrating 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? Yes

I had a wonderful time

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)

Tel Aviv is an expensive city!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Grocery shop and limit eating out

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

The courses did not but the intensive Hebrew course prior to the semester helped.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Home speaking
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? Don’t be afraid to use it

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • All the adventure
  • Food
  • My apartment in the heart of the city
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? All the work would be packed into the end

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.