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rachael01
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
It's great independent research and tutorials are available for students really wanting to study!
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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
Better access to the Library since the computer programs and library databases are not in English. A library run-through would have been really helpful.
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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
Overall
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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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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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Housing, Overall, Telephone, Travel, Nightlife, 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
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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rachael01
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
3.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I was really excited to learn Hebrew when I was planning this trip. But became discouraged and frustrated when the teachers didn't have time to help you one on one and all the home assignments were never graded. THis makes it more difficult to have a continuing lesson in the subject. Also, I don't think there were enough levels that met the students' needs. Many of us that had some previous Hebrew were either put in the lowest or the middle groups were we were either too proficient or not enough to learn anything usable in the class.
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rachael01
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States
Political Science, 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?
Convenient, cheap, interaction with Israelis and other students.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
As long as you keep busy and get along with your flatmates, there's really no problem.
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rachael01
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States
Political Science, 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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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Gaos since it was close, chicka since it didn't have the little kids running around, and Interpool with the best pool tables in town!
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