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Kefa118
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, United States
History, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Don't expect anything and keep an open mind. There's no better advice than that when studying abroad. Don't hide among people of your own nationality, but meet the local residents as well as any other people of different cultures you can! This will make your experience life-changing!
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Ben-Gurion University is known for having the best student life in Israel, but it is a still a very academic university of world-renown reputation. Some of Israel's most controversial historians call this university home. It's a beautifully designed university. There is even a movie theater on campus for students only at half price (these are brand-new American films most of the time, not stuff from the 80s!). There is a pub on campus and in the dorms, which surround campus. The security is always present, so feel safe! There is a beautiful fence surrounding campus, so you can only enter through guarded gates. The guards are students and very friendly, so don't worry! There are more than enough computer labs and the library is fantastic. On nice days, which is almost everyday, Israeli students sit outside in large numbers, so sit with them and you're sure to make some friends. During the summer months, there is a outdoor campus pool. Tons of fun!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
This questionnaire left out a few questions that relate specifically to a Jewish state. If attending synagogue is important to you, or just participation in religous or cultural Jewish life, don't worry. There are synagogues everywhere. There is even a Conservative one, which I attended on a semi-regular basis. There are also synagogues of every Jewish ethnicity you can think of. The program is great about inviting rabbis to come and teach (which usually meants free pizza!). These rabbis will even find you a family for shabbat and for chagim (the holidays). If you're non-Jewish, then you might be upset by the lack of non-Jewish religious help from the program. But they do their best!
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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
Overall
I wish I had known...
It can get cold in the winter.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
You have the most oppurtunities to meet and become friends with Israelis at Ben Gurion because everyone lives with Israelis! The class sizes are small and it's just an amazing experience! It's also VERY easy and SAFE to travel from BGU because of the accesability of the train (10 minutes walk).
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Enjoy every second you're there. Don't be afraid. It is safter than most countries. You never feel as if you'll get attacked on the streets like you do in most major cities. Enjoy the dairy and veggies and fruits...they'll never taste so good again! If you can do anything that involves working with the communtiy definetly try it out (i.e. volunteering with Bedouin children, volunteering with the rescue squad etc.). Tried to force your roommates to make you speak hebrew instead of english. Make a big effort to become close with your roommates because they will be your easiest way of learning about Israeli culture.
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anonymous
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, USAC
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
How quickly the time would fly by.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I would suggest it as highly as possible. If you have the desire to experience new things, this is the greatest place to do so. You will not regret your BGU decision!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Since studying at Ben Gurion University, my life has completely changed. My future goals have become stronger as well as my day to day life. I wish I could describe how all-encompasing this feeling has been, but I think because it is so large makes it more difficult to explain. Just know that an experience like this can forever change your life as it did mine.
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rachael01
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
How quickly the time would go by. And of course, MDA!
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I wouldn't hesitate to go again!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Plan, plan, plan! Make sure you feel comfortable with your decision and go wholeheartedly. If you have never been to Israel before, look around the first couple of days and don't be judgemental, being American isn't being perfect! The most important thing though, is each person will take out a unique experience and you get what you make of it.
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jasong
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
that I would inevitably want to stay for the year, as opposed to just the semester
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
truth in advertising. there were a few things people were disappointed about that they really would not have been if their pr would have been more honest. for instance, the guidebook says there's a Desert Adventure Club(or something of that nature), so we asked about it. when we did, we were told that if we wanted to form one, we could. realistically, all it was, was one of the madrachin giving advice & guidance for hikes and campping. it was not as established or organized as the guidebook had made it out to be.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
if you stay for the year, you get to stay in upper class housing(single room as opposed to double), while if only there for the semester, you will probably be in freshman housing.
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dlf1stfidl
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, United States
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I know there is stuff I have thought along the way that it would have been nice to know, but I can't think of anything specific right now.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
I reallt love the location and atmosphere of the university, and the staff are wonderful! I strongly recomend BGU. You have the chance to study in a quiet atmosphere, but if you like to party, you also have the opportunity to do that every night if you want.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Make sure you always carry exact hange in cabs or they will try to overcharge you. Use busses and trains as much as possible!
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Carlos
Cornell University, Ithaca, United States
Humanities, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
not really, I was pretty eager to get involved in an adventure. It did not dissapoint me.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Since Be'er-Sheva is not in the highly populated area of Israel, we always felt safe. However, since Israel is a small country, we could easily travel to other cities and tour around, or simply go to a nature reserve for a great hike.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
One of the highlight of my life. You will not regret joining the program.
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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
Overall
I wish I had known...
nope
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
It is amazing. I think the best type of people for this program are laid back, independant, open-minded, and fun loving. I loved my experience so much that I am returning this year for the MAPMES (masters program).
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
It was the best year of my life, no joke. I met amazing people, I explored the country, I learned so much inside and outside of the classroom. It was the best time ever.
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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
Overall
I wish I had known...
Access to computer labs/e-mail/printers.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
EXCELLENT - go!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Make friends with Israelis. Have fun - but don't forget about your coursework. Travel
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