TAU was the best thing ever September 03, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/14/2019 to 05/26/2019 with

Tel Aviv University: Undergraduate Semester in Israel

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
major language improvement; I had a lot of Israel experience prior to this but now I feel I really know Tel Aviv

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Hebrew program was excellent -- I learned a lot environmental class was really fun overall, lectures were long and dull

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

allowed me to move from dorm setting to apartment setting mail service was confusing Madrichim were awesome

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in apartments -- very nice, in sarona

* Food:

amazing food in city; pretty good food on campus; slightly pricey

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

program set us up with insurance but otherwise was student's job to plan appointments; doctor I saw was extremely helpful and fluent in English

* Safety:

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

overall helpful staff; large variety of classes; I really felt integrated in tel avivian culture and world

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 pricey

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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced

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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • apartment housing option
  • city is such a young, fun, outdoorsy city
  • Madrichim were really great ppl
* What could be improved?
  • more committed lecturers
  • slightly more helpful staff
  • Tel Aviv is expensive
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? def request apartments if possible from the start