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Kefa118
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, United States
History, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
The shekel (the Israeli "dollar") was only 1/5 of the value of the dollar while I was there; however, travel is cheaper in general because mass transportation is so popular and if you stay in hostels when traveling, you'll save a ton! Since I was only staying for one academic year, I didn't want the problems of installing a phone, so I got a cell phone. The cost to call home was, thus, more expensive, then from a landline.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Travel, Overall, Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Any household items that you need should be bought from the marketplaces, which tend to be cheaper. Don't open a bank account. Just make sure you're debit card will work at the MANY ATMs in Israel. Don't worry about textbooks, because the courses mostly use readers (a compilation of various short readings that the university press puts together).
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rachael01
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Government assistance
scholarship through BGU and home Jewish Federation
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
At home, I already have my own kitchen and house supplies so wouldn't otherwise buy them twice. Also, I have my own vehicle instead of taking trains and busses. Most importantly, at home I work almost 50 hours a week so don't have much time for a social life, Israel, however was a different story!!
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Travel, Nightlife, Food, Housing, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Use and monitor your ATM use instaed of travel cheques which require a fee to exchange. Also, even though the exchange rate may benefit us from abroad, each item does add up! Try not to lose track.
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anonymous
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, USAC
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Government assistance
two private scholarships
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I have all the necessities for a home, kitchen, appropriate clothing, etc. at my permanent home. So purchasing these items again did cost more than had I already had them. Also, I work almost 50 hours a week at home, so my social life is nill; but in Israel I had the time to go out and have fun.
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Housing, Telephone, Overall, Nightlife, Travel, Food:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Just remember, shekels do not look like money back home, but it's real...don't lose track of your spending! And try to share meals/cabs/etc when you can.
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anonymous
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Overseas Student Program
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
I wanted to spend my money on traveling because I was in a foreign country. Also, I spent a lot of money on my cell phone talking to my family at home.
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Travel, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Nightlife, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Don't buy American-brand items - they cost more. Buy the local brands. Also, go to the shuk for fresh fruits & veggies.
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Carlos
Cornell University, Ithaca, United States
Humanities, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Simply because there were so so many things to do, and we had to take advantage of all those opportunities before going back home. Obviously, long distance calls cost money.
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Overall, Telephone, Housing, Food, Travel, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
don't rely on ATM's, always have some emergency cash somewhere available.
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ermp
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
Religion/Theology, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance
Private Loans
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Food and cost of living is much cheaper! Travel is also much cheaper, but I just did it more often. Phone was more because I called the states a lot and in America I only call w/in the country.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel:
was the same price as at home.
Overall, Housing, Food, Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Take trains whenever possible!
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jasong
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
3.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
grant/scholarship from institution itself was main
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I spent more because I did a lot more. I was able to do so much more b/c the academics were not as challenging. I was also able to do more b/c I did not have all the commitments on my time abroad as I typically did in the states through clubs or community service involvement. This was an important factor motivating me to go abroad at all.
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Nightlife, Travel, Food, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
cost-saving tip: do not get a phone. most people do, but it's a hassle and very expensive. instead, use phone cards.
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dlf1stfidl
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
3.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
A private grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I didn't tend to go out much at home, so the fact that I have more of a social life here also means I spend more money. The phone bill also adds up. At home, my cell phone was emergency purposes only, and here my cell is the only phone I have so it gets used a lot!
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Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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silverl
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
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Food, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife, Travel, Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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