Fortress in the Sky
By Charles - April 24, 2017

As the short break between the Ulpan and the semester came to an end, I had been preparing and anticipating the beginning of an exciting, yet pristine semester here in Israel. One week into the new semester, we embarked on a journey to one of the most renowned, if not the most eminent historical site […]

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Why Israel?
By Charles - January 30, 2017

I was back in China during winter break before heading off to kick-start a study-abroad experience in Israel. Shortly after arriving in China, I went to a health center and the doctors there were completely baffled with my decision to study in Israel. I could see the question marks written on their faces: “Why Israel? Why the Middle East?”

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By Yael - January 19, 2017

Homesickness is a strange thing. When I was in Israel I missed the U.S., I missed American comfort food, and my pets, and my college. There were so many American things that I craved. But now that I’m home? I miss Israel. I miss the weather, the food, and the people. But I miss the […]

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Holidays in the Holy Land
By Yael - December 20, 2016

As I get ready to leave Israel in a few days, I am starting to think about what I’ll be doing when I get home. I arrive home just in time for Chanukah, which this year starts on the same day as Christmas. I’m a little disappointed that I don’t get to be in Israel […]

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Winter, Work, and Field Trips
By Yael - November 30, 2016

Well, it has finally gotten cold. All the Israelis are bundled up in big coats and scarves and, honestly, so are the international students. After being here for two and half months we got used to the heat! The campus is in full swing now with the Israeli students back for the start of the […]

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Holidays in Israel
By Alexandra - November 1, 2016

It has been another great few weeks in Beer Sheva! I have finally truly settled in with the continuation of classes. With the other international students, I am taking Hebrew as well as “The Impact of Security Factors & the Search for Diplomatic Solutions in Israel’s International Relations.” Both classes are very cool and very interesting, and composed […]

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Adjusting to Life in Israel
By Yael - October 14, 2016

The first month of classes are over, and what a month it has been. My classes are fascinating, and I can’t believe how lucky I am to be here. I have gone on two field trips for my classes, which both really demonstrated just how amazing it is to study here in Israel. One field […]

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My First Few Days at BGU
By Alexandra - September 22, 2016

I arrived in Israel on a Monday morning after saying goodbye to my parents at the Newark airport ten hours earlier. I had gone through these emotions a few times before, having traveled to Israel alone multiple times, but never for this long. However, I was filled with excitement for the new adventure ahead of […]

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First Few Weeks in Beer-Sheva
By Yael - September 14, 2016

So much has happened since I arrived in Israel six weeks ago. The Ulpan is over and classes are starting on Sunday, I’ve made friends and have learned to (mostly) navigate campus. From taking the group flight on El-Al to traveling around Israel on OSP trips, these past six weeks have been a blur. My […]

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