Returning home to study abroad June 03, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/20/2019 to 05/23/2019 with

Tel Aviv University: Undergraduate Semester in Israel

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned how to be independent and not be too frivolous with time or spending

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

No on campus dining hall; however, loved the food in Israel

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Had the opportunity to be with a team while abroad and got to immerse myself through the program

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Much better than advertised in mainstream American media

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

Being a jewish student, being able to return to israel while learn and live at the same time was an incredible experience


* 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)

A lot of distractions to make purchases. Grocery store right by dorms was very helpful

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably spent $30-40 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? go to the grocery store as much as possible and try to limit eating out


* 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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? intermediated program at school but very little conversational abilities
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 nervous to try and speak, be willing to try it

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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Meeting Jews from around the world
  • Learning Hebrew
  • Playing football (soccer)
* What could be improved?
  • No complaints
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Wish I knew more Hebrew before going

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.