Awesome experience! Past Review

By (Langara College) - abroad from 07/31/2017 to 08/24/2017 with

University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I didn't really know Hebrew before and after one month I can read and speak some Hebrew. It was totally worthwile to come not just for the learning experience but also for the living and cultural experience.

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.

It was a great experience for me. I learned a lot and had a lot of un learning. It was an intense course for one month but well-balanced. It's definitely worth it!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everything was good in terms of administrative assistance from the University. It was well organized for both the arrival and the departure.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was very satisfied! No complaints, I stayed in Talia dorms which is quite convenient, and I had an amazing view from the apartment!

* Food:

Food in Israel is great and fresh! And not too expensive depending where you go. Israeli food is amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I had the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the local students. For a 4-week program it was a really great experience!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no experience with healthcare, however all the information was explained in detail.

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Haifa. There is security in the university 24/7. The only advise would be to be alert and careful as anywhere else.

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

Yes, definitely!


* 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)

It depends, if you eat out rather than cooking your own food it can cost a lot. The minimarket has some good options for fruits and vegtables, etc. There is also the student cafeteria, Greg Cafe and Aroma -a little bit more expensive, but those places are good. Depending where you buy food in campus, expect for spend between $10-20 per meal.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? On average $120.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It's a very common advice but it's good to budget your expenses so that you don't over spend, unless necessary, specially if you have limited funds.


* 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

A lot! The classes were great and we were encouraged to speak in the class and after class.

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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
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 shy and try to speak with locals. If you have questions, ask, they are more than willing to help.

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
  • International Students
* 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?
  • The people I met
  • The classes
  • The trips
* What could be improved?
  • Shabbat Dinner
  • Maybe include a trip to Akko
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would need kitchen utensils, however it was not a problem as our roommates shared with us. Other than that, nothing really.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!