My Semester Abroad in Haifa! May 26, 2019

By (Stockholm University) - abroad from 02/17/2019 to 05/30/2019 with

University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about culture, and humans. Israel is very different from Sweden, and hence it was very rewarding to stay here for a semester.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Stayed on campus. It was good to be close to the school, but the rooms were not the best to be honest.

* Food:

The food in Israel is the best.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since the University is quite far away from downtown Haifa, it's easy to be stuck on campus. But, there's a lot of busses, and it's easy to get around in Haifa and all of Israel.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't experience any issues with my health. I felt safe and didn't worry too much about it either. We got well informed.

* Safety:

I did never experince any danger whatsoever. Though Israel has it's problems, and conflicts, I never felt anything other than safe in Haifa. The staff were very keen on informing us when things happened etc.

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

I did the Global Law Program, and the teachers were from both Europe and America, and they were genreally were good.

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)

Israel is pretty expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 70 dollar/week maybe. I differs a lot.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try find local or semi-local markets.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • The amount of spare time.
  • The subjects.
  • Everything we read was online, PDFs.
* What could be improved?
  • I would like the International School and the Global Law Program to be much more integrated with eachother. They need to work togetehr.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Actually nothing. Just make sure to be open minded, and try to connect with people on campus.

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.