A fantastic hands on learning experience for business students Past Review

By (Entrepreneurial and Small Business, Brandeis University) - abroad from 06/04/2015 to 07/17/2015 with

Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School: Israel Summer Business Academy / ISBA

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to make a startup, how to see yourself as an entrepreneur, how to present in public, Israels business model and history. and how to apply all that we learned.

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.

I learned not only a lot of information, but how to apply it.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were all really great.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a palace. it was a very nice apartment across from the beach.

* Food:

Most of the time we were on our own for food, but I expected this, so plan to eat out a lot.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We were living in Tel aviv, so very integrated

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have any healthcare related problems

* Safety:

I always felt safe, especially in the day. At night I would always walk with a buddy, but would advise this for any big city.

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


* 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)

I lived on around 150 a week, but I ate out a lot.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy a lot of food for your apartment so you can cook at home. I didnt do this and bc I had nothing to start with, I just told myself Ill eat out. but buy the basics to cook at home and you will save a lot.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • learning about the start-ups
  • making our own startups
  • visiting amazing companies
* What could be improved?
  • See more women entrepreneurs
  • less venture capital firms
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much I would spend on food and more details about the weekend trips

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.