Deevy & edifying experience :) August 25, 2018

By (Comenius University in Bratislava) - abroad from 08/01/2018 to 08/23/2018 with

University of Haifa: Haifa - Summer Courses, Internships, Intensive Hebrew & Arabic

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The Intensive Hebrew Summer Ulpan at the University of Haifa was certainly worthwhile. Nothing is more efficient than learning foreign language in country, which has it as a formal language. First of all, I am and will be grateful to Israeli ambassador in Slovakia for giving me this unique opportunity: spending three weeks in dazzling Israel and learn mother language of its citizens. Second, the atmosphere was all the time captivating, attitude of University staff encouraging & local food irresistible! This is definitely the right path for getting better in language, making friends from all over the world & experiencing unforgettable month abroad.

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University of Haifa: Haifa - Summer Courses, Internships, Intensive Hebrew & Arabic Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

I've never felt so welcome and easily integrated as at the University of Haifa.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare at the University of Haifa was unbelievable in a positive way. Few days I had very nasty stomach issues and their feedback was incredible. One person of our Madrichim called the doctor immediately and looked after proper taking care of me. Even after illness they kept asking me how do I feel and I saw how worried about me they were. I just wish all people in the world would be like our Madrichim.

* Safety:

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

I intend to continue with learning Hebrew, it's interesting & useful language, the program just encouraged me.

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? I traveled a lot out of Haifa during my leisure program; hence I was trying save every shekel so I can have travel. But solely on food & bottles I spent roughly ₪100? But this is so individual. I had stomach problems so I was many days on a diet, furthermore, some people were buying more cigarettes then food :D
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Not to eat every day warm meal :D Trying to drink a lot, sharing food with others also feels good so you can feed each other :D Using public transportation and if taxis, only GETT thru app in smartphone.

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? 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? Talk to Israelis! They are the warmest, smartest and open-minded people in the world :)

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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  • International Students
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Attitude
  • Creativity
  • Collective
* What could be improved?
  • Intensity
  • Surroundings (I don't like strong air conditioning :D)
  • Organisation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? In my opinion it was too much intensive - I wish I knew this before.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'