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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)

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kefa118
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Estados Unidos
Historia, Grado, Acuerdo de universidad
Vida estudiantil
Cómo es la ciudad de destino:
Los estudiantes se relacionan tanto con la comunidad local como con otros estudiantes
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Actividades, Viajar: Principalmente fuera de la universidad y de los estudiantes
Vida nocturna: Tanto en el entorno universitario como fuera
Experiencia de vida social
Actividades
Vida nocturna
Viajes
Valoración global
Comentario personal
Israel? There is no way anyone could every do EVERYTHING! There's too much! My favorite night spots were the pub in the Gimmel dorms and Forum (talk about a place to meet hot Israelis...). Nafis is probably one of the best restraunts in Beersheva, but its open on Shabbat so its technically not kosher. Every Thursday is a Bedouin marketplace with great stuff. Outside Beersheva, Maccabee Tel Aviv is a fun basketball team to watch, and Maccabee Haifa is my favorite soccer team. In Jerusalem, get over to Ben-Yehuda street. Best shops outside of the Old City. Skiing up north on Mt. Hermon. Rafting on the Jordan river. The Golan is a beautiful place to hike. The promenade (spelling?) in Jaffa along the coast is romantic. Eilat has great snorkling spots that are absolutely beautiful.
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kefa118
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Estados Unidos
Historia, Grado, Acuerdo de universidad
Alojamiento
Tipo de alojamiento: En el campus
Organizado por: Universidad de intercambio
Si volviera, eligiría: En el campus
¿Por qué?
Actually, I would consider living off campus for the experience, but the dormitories are a safe and secure environment and also allow for easy participation in student activities.
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Evaluación personal
Gastos
Instalaciones
Ubicación
Limpieza
Espacio
Comentario personal
The dorms are more like apartments. The rooms are either doubles or singles. There is a kitchen space and a living room. The number of bathrooms and fridges depend on the number of rooms attached to the common space (this ranges from 2 to 8). There is no carpet (this is common in Israeli houses!) but the tile keeps the apartment cooler during the hot summer months and is very easy to keep clean. There is no oven, but there is a gas stove. I loved living there!
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kefa118
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Estados Unidos
Historia, Grado, Acuerdo de universidad
Gastos
Fuente de financiación principal:
Beca oficial
Otras fuentes de financiación:
Beca privada
Oportunidades de trabajo:
No tenía permiso para trabajar
Costumbres personales de gasto
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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Teléfono:
Más caro que en casa.
Comida:
Igual de caro que en casa.
Alojamiento, Viajar, Vida nocturna, General:
Menos caro que en casa.
Disponibilidad de material estudiantil
Libros de segunda mano
Enseres de segunda mano
Ordenadores / internet
Administrativo
Dinero de casa
Comentario personal
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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kefa118
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Estados Unidos
Historia, Grado, Acuerdo de universidad
Estudios
Recomendaciones de cursos
You have to be flexible and understanding. With the security situation in Israel right now, the number of students studying abroad there is down from previous years, so the range of courses has been reduced due to inability to fill the classes enough. The teachers are high quality and challenging, but most realize that the students want more than just an academic experience in Israel. Grades for most courses are based on only two grades, midterms and finals. This is good because your time is not consumed with busy work everyday, but it obviously good have its bad side. The midterms and finals are either exams or papers or some combination of both.
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Mi experiencia académica
Calidad de los cursos
Variedad de los cursos
Acceso a recursos
Interacción con profesores
Interacción con estudiantes internacionales
Interacción con estudiantes locales
Comentario personal
ninguno
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Mi opinión de los sistemas de evaluación
Exámenes a final de curso
Exámenes a lo largo del curso
Trabajos y proyectos al final del curso
Trabajos y proyectos a lo largo del curso
Valoración global
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kefa118
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Estados Unidos
Historia, Grado, Acuerdo de universidad
Valoración global
Si lo hubiera sabido...
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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En mi opinión:
A todos les encantó, ¡y a tí también te encantará!
Factores imporantes para mi elección
(1) Sin importancia – (4) Muy importante
Razones académicas
3
Cultura
4
Gastos
4
Actividades
4
Vida universitaria
2
Vida social y fiesta
4
Clima y ubicación
3
Recomendación personal
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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Durante mi experiencia en el extranjero...
(1) Nunca – (4) Mucho
Me familiaricé con otra cultura
3
Viajé
4
Mejoré mis idiomas
4
Conocí gente de otros países
4
Me hice más autónomo
4
Me lo pasé bien de fiesta
4
Me cambió la vida
3
Avancé en mis estudios y mi carrera
4
Comentarios finales
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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kefa118
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Estados Unidos
Historia, Grado, Acuerdo de universidad
Idiomas
Langue d: Hebreo
¿Fue aprender Hebreo fue un factor importante de elección?
Sí, quería mejorar mi Hebreo
¿Cuánto mejoraste tu Hebreo?
Mi nivel antes: No lo hablaba
Mi nivel después: Conversación general fluida
Dificultades de idioma
Social
Educatives
Administrativas
Valoración global
Comentario personal
When I came to Israeli I only knew some prayer book Hebrew. I came with the main goal of learning to speak Hebrew. There are plenty of opportunities to learn. There are two six-week courses in Hebrew, one in the summer and the other in the winter. During the quarter, Hebrew is offered as a regular language course and is required, unless you are fluent and taking regular university classes in Hebrew. By the time I left Israel, I had moved from the aleph (first) level to the dalet (fourth) level. Now I am doing research that requires reading government debates and newspaper articles from the 1950s, all in Hebrew.
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