Study Abroad in Haifa June 04, 2018

By (The College of William and Mary) - abroad from 01/22/2018 to 05/31/2018 with

University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

I participated in the psychology research program, which was a great experience that I learned a lot from. My psychology class, Refugees' Mental Health, was very interesting and well organized. I enjoyed the Hebrew program and my speaking abilities improved greatly.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The organization and communication during the admissions process was terrible. They lost some of my paperwork and were very slow in responding. I almost didn't attend the program because of how late I heard that I was accepted. However, after I arrived, the program staff were incredibly supportive and accessible.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in the Talia Dorms and had my own room and bathroom. The dorms are fairly typical college dorms - not particularly nice but fine. Some international students live with other international students, and some with Israeli students. I wish I had the opportunity to say which I preferred.

* Food:

There a multiple grocery stores close by that have good prices, as well as cafes, a dining hall, and a mini market on campus. All the dorms have kitchens so I cooked for myself most of the time.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I made some Israeli friends, but mostly spent time with other international students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

All students are enrolled in the university's healthcare plan. My only healthcare experience was when I got a mild concussion. Our madricha (guide) came with me to the doctor and then to the ER, and my insurance covered everything.

* Safety:

Haifa is a very safe city - I felt comfortable on campus and off. While I was there, there were some international security issues which I felt the international school staff could have communicated more clearly about. I felt comfortable, but I know other international students who were less familiar with Israel were worried.

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

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? ~100

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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Barely any
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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?

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  • Dorm
* 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?