Diverse, counterintuitive and FUN January 06, 2019

By (Universität Mannheim / University of Mannheim) - abroad from 10/04/2018 to 01/04/2019 with

University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
conflict complexity is not always seen at first sight and deep rooted resentments are inhereted, lovable people that i would love to take home with or be in contact with just as much when i go back, growth of my own personality

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

very friendly, whenever I needed something

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

old dorms, cat problems

* Food:

Falafel-Love

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I hoined the local Women's Rugby Team, so I got in touch very quickly, but others didn't. Nothing special about Haifa University, but it is a general problem internationals have: GO OUT AND JOIN SPORTS TEAMS or any other hobby that makes a connection with the locals, it makes your stay soooo much richer.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

it is Israel, but the international school always wrote e-mails with updates about the current situation and I NEVER felt in danger of my life ever during my stay in Israel

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

I had a semester filled with new and exciting impressions, I learned as much as probably ever in 3 months and I would love to start all over again and have another exciting exchange here

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? 60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook for yourself, scholarships :P

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? 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? try it as often as you can and start with small conversations (in the supermarket, saying hello, how are you to someone, etc.) and with the confidence of this success, risk more. listen to local songs and watch the national Netflix series etc.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Language program
  • Social activities and field trips
  • view from Haifa university
* What could be improved?
  • living situation (dorms)
  • some classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? just informa yourself properly and there will be no unpleasant surprises

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Psychology of the 21st century - Sexuality and Relationships

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Ilan Aviraam
Instruction Language: English
Comments: the best course I have had in my study career, awesome personality and teaching skills, highly relevant and interesting topics
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Course Name/Rating:

Internet and Society

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: Ilan Talmud
Instruction Language: English
Comments: well prepared, slides were improvable, super interesting and relevant topic
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