Is it a microcosm of the world?? May 28, 2019

By (University of Bologna / Unibo) - abroad from 02/17/2019 to 05/31/2019 with

University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience in Haifa was totally worthwhile. I would define Israel as a microcosm because its melting pot of cultures and religions, sacred and profane has been giving me the opportunity to grow up at the same time as a student and as a person. In my opinion the best place from which observe and reflect upon what's going on outside

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

my memorable experience in Israel is recommendable both from student and tourist perspective. Living in Israel, especially in Haifa, the city of coexistence, gave me the opportunity to get to know better both Arab and Jewish culture, whereby culture means not only museums, but also cuisine, religious and secular celebrations, languages, music, parties and so on.. Studying at the International School of Haifa University, one of the most prestigious in Israel, made me much more aware and knowledgeable than I was my first day 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)

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? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

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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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Location
  • GLP courses and International School courses (Arabic language program)
  • Staff super kind and helpful
* What could be improved?
  • MA courses offer to exchange students
  • Timing of communications
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It would not have been the same if I had knew everything before going. Trial&Error approach made my experience so singular and unique