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4.69 / 5 based on 54 reviews
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ermp
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
Religion/Theology, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
2.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Hebrew
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Hebrew a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Hebrew
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your Hebrew?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I do not like how they teach hebrew. Not enough info was given at a time and there wasn't enough tests. I definetly feel I need to be tested a lot in order to force myself to learn. NOt enough is stressed on vocab words because most of the lessons involve grammer.
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ermp
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
Religion/Theology, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
A private grant
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance<br> Other
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.
Housing, Food, Overall, 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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ermp
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
Religion/Theology, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Mark Gelber's classes are great.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
nope
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
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ermp
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
Religion/Theology, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
4.6/5
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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ermp
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
Religion/Theology, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Nothing beats the campus pub gaos! You can also catch recent movies on campus for 15 shekels (3 bucks).
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ermp
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
Religion/Theology, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
it's cheap, it's easy to make friends. There's a laundry room, computer room, grocery store, and BAR!
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
none
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