AWESOME! Always would return February 19, 2018

By (University of Potsdam / Universitat Potsdam) - abroad from 01/22/2018 to 02/15/2018 with

University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I love Israel. I have a lot of Israeli friends: including Jewish Israelis, Israelis with Ukrainian/Russian background, Arab Israeli friends.

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

it was very good. I enjoyed it

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Delicious Israeli food! (However too expensive)

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Madrichim (students leaders/instructors) are doing a tremendous job + tour guide Yisrael Neeman is the best tour guide that I have ever met (after my mum, of course, who is also a tour guide)!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health Care was pathetic from administrative point of view. I and couple of other students didn't receive a Clalit card (Israeli health Insurance card). But it was not a problem when I went to the clinic. It only took a nurse longer time to find a number of my clalit card in the central database. So, it was a headache.

* Safety:

ISRAEL is a safe country to stay in. God bless IDF!

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

I did the program last year as a part of students exchange program. I decided to come back as a private participant.

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)

1

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? around 600 shekels
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stay vegetarian for couple of weeks. With exception of shwarma.

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

I was in the group dalet. I spoke Hebrew beside of my daily Ulpan program with my friends, in the shops, on the streets.

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? Gimel
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? Learn, learn, learn! Speak, Speak, force yourself speak outside of the class. Make sure to make dozens of mistakes every day - it's a part of language improvement.

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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Learning
  • New Experiences
  • New friends
* What could be improved?
  • sometimes chaotic administration
  • perhaps more immersive
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There was no trip to Jerusalem. But I have been to Jerusalem already a few times. So, it is fine

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Ulpan

Course Department: International School
Instructor: Mina
Instruction Language: Hebrew
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues: