A summer Ulpan - a launchpad for a one-year stay in Haifa December 09, 2018

By (University of Salzburg) - abroad from 08/01/2018 to 08/23/2018 with

University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The program prepared me for my longer Erasmus stay at the University of Haifa in terms of language skills, organisation, information etc.

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 privilege to have classes with Mor - an extraordinarily talented teacher of Modern Hebrew. She made my 'month'!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The bureaucracy seems to be a bit excessive but the Staff is very friendly and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

In general, I was happy to stay in the Federman Dormitory and I found my room in impeccable state when I moved in. However, the common areas in my flat (the kitchen and the bathroom) were extremely filthy due to the negligence of some local students who occupied the flat in summer. I should note that when I moved in to the dormitory for the fall term I found the whole flat clean.

* Food:

I cooked myself.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I expected much more experience of Judaism, but I understand that the School may opt for a secular social & cultural program for various reasons. The common Shabbat dinner is to be appreciated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no health issues.

* Safety:

The Staff looked after our safety very well. I could only note that to my mind there was some exaggeration in concern for our safety during the trip to the Old Town in Jerusalem, but it is just my personal perspective.

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

I know I will not be disappointed.

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? c. 70 Euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would suggest that the price of coursebooks is provided on the website - this would be useful for budget planning.

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

Our teacher deliberately used very little English so that we could start thinking in Hebrew.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
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? Yes, from my Ulpan teacher.

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • language course
  • friendly administrative staff
* What could be improved?
  • the academic quality of trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much my coursebook cost.

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Ulpan summer course

Course Department: International School
Instructor: Mor
Instruction Language: Hebrew / English
Comments: An excellent teacher. A demanding course but very rewarding and beneficial.
Credit Transfer Issues: