Seeing the Bigger Picture (and having fun!)
By Nancy - April 19, 2018

As a little girl I always knew that I wanted to help people. Adults would often ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer changed a few times throughout the years although each potential job involved helping others and a splash of adrenaline. Being in Israel, I have realized that […]

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By Vera - April 16, 2018

This was our first week back from a beautiful Passover break. It was the best Passover of my life! I spent it with three friends from the OSP and the other amazing people we met on a program in Tsfat called Livnot U’Lehibanot. We went through the whole Seder, and I played the part of […]

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Speaking a New Language
By Logan - April 11, 2018

Adjusting to life in Israel has meant not only changing my daily routine and getting comfortable operating in a foreign place with a new language, but also learning how to become a part of and participate in a brand new culture. While every guide book and tourist manual can explain the differences between US and […]

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New Semester Adventures
By Vera - March 12, 2018

This first week of school has been wonderful. The classes are small and engaging, with professors and students from various academic backgrounds. In our free time, my friends and I continue to discuss the material. I’m always delighted and pleasantly surprised by the conversations we have. For example, last weekend we got into the topic […]

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Academia Abroad; The Broader Picture
By Nancy - March 9, 2018

Having spent about two months in Israel already, the jitters of freshly arriving have begun to disappear. With our winter break drawing to an end and the start of spring semester near, I cannot help but feel energized for the future. During this winter break, many students chose to travel around Europe. Others opted to […]

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What I Learned on a Bus in Beer-Sheva
By Logan -

Coming from a small town in rural Virginia, even my college town of 50,000 people is an entirely new world to me. Everything in my hometown is accessible only by car; it’s very hard to even walk to the grocery store. On top of that, everyone knows everyone, which makes life in my city in […]

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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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