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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
Academic
Course recommendations
the less students there are in the program, the less classes there are available to choose from, so while the size of the program was a strength in terms of being able to become friends with everyone in it, it was a hindrance academically.
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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
academically, i did not find the program at all challenging, except for Hebrew.
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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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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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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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Overall, Travel, Nightlife, Food:
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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jasong
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, 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: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I began with no knowlege of Hebrew beyond the alphabet, but left with the ability to hold a conversation in Hebrew, as well as with basic knowledge of the grammar. being in beer-sheva, as opposed to tel-aviv or jerusalem is a definite positive in that area.
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jasong
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, 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?
doing so provided an opportunity for interaction with Israeli students; I ended up becoming good friends with one of my roomates
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
they should make space heaters available to the students in the program b/c while in the summer it is very hot, by the end of the semester, it was pretty cold
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jasong
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Gaos, the bar in the Gimmel dorm was the best place to go simply b/c of convenience but also b/c it catered to the college crowd. Go to festivals and outdoor markets whenever you can. take advantage of the opportunity to go camping, hiking, and bicycling throughout the country(but not before checking on safety warnings; also, make sure to bring plenty of water).
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