Embracing Unfamiliarity
By Nancy - February 6, 2018

As someone who had never traveled abroad before my time in Israel, I was incredibly excited and slightly nervous to begin this adventure. The initial cultural adjustment was very manageable (chiefly just handling jet lag) and I have encountered very few issues thus far. Choosing to study at BGU as an international student has undoubtedly […]

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A Taste of Israel
By Vera - February 5, 2018

January’s come and gone, one of the best I’ve had! In one short month, I’ve experienced some of what I expected to when coming back to Israel: the incredible food, beautiful sites, along with conversations and laughter with new friends. Our first weekend in Israel, we went to the home of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first […]

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Israel So Far
By Logan - February 1, 2018

When choosing study abroad programs, the most important criterion for me was the chance to travel somewhere nontraditional, where I could have unique opportunities that not many others get to experience. I didn’t know where I wanted to go, but I knew for sure that I wanted to shake things up, try something entirely new, […]

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By Joshua - December 4, 2017

As my time here at BGU is beginning to come to an end, I am doing my best to make the most of every experience. I have recently begun to develop a close relationship with a Franciscan Hebrew speaking Catholic community in Jerusalem, and have been making weekly trips to spend time with them. I […]

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By Joshua - November 28, 2017

Recently, I have been searching for new places to travel, and also to go camping. I have been traveling a lot to Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, and would like to begin discovering lesser traveled to sites. Last weekend, a friend and I went camping in the Galilee, and had an incredible experience. Packing very little materials, […]

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Reacquainting Myself with Studenthood in Israel
By Vanesa - November 27, 2017

October and November have been the months where I’ve finally begun to settle into the more academic routine I’d been neglecting (and that was made easily forgotten by the fact that I’m in Israel). I’ve learned a lot about Israeli society through my Israeli film class, and I’ve also taken up an internship at Sde […]

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By Joshua - October 30, 2017

I can’t believe it is already the end of September, marking two months since my arrival in Israel. As hoped for, I have continued to learn and expand my knowledge on all aspects of Israeli life. My time in Beer-Sheva has been wonderful, and now with the OSP semester in progress, I am continuing to […]

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An Israeli Holiday Season
By Vanesa - October 17, 2017

​Last month was brimming with Jewish holidays in addition to our long weekends, meaning that there was plenty of time to explore Israel and some of its neighbors. On a weekend in late September, we had the opportunity to visit the Arava region and our OSP counselor’s moshav. We were all taken aback by the […]

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Ends and Beginnings in the Negev
By Vanesa - September 18, 2017

The last 4 weeks have been eventful in every sense of the word. During the solar eclipse that most of the United States was able to enjoy in August, our Ulpan group decided to go watch a meteor shower in a town deeper in the Negev called Mitzpe Ramon, where the light pollution would interfere […]

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Beer-Sheva So Far
By Joshua - August 31, 2017

My newfound infatuation with Israel began at the beginning of this year. It was in January, at Baruch College in New York, where I serendipitously discovered the Hillel organization right as they were sponsoring a week-long trip to Israel. Always craving to travel and discover new parts of the world, I was extremely excited to […]

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