A Prized Possession

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By Vicky Tobianah, Rothberg International School of Hebrew University
When I made my decision to study abroad at the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University, my home university, McGill, required me to attend a pre-departure lecture. At this lecture, they informed us of the basic protocol to arrange a study abroad program.

USY to BGU: Staying connected to Israel by studying abroad

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By Joel Portman, St. Louis, MO, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Year Program
In 2005, I traveled to Poland and Israel with United Synagogue Youth (USY).  The five weeks I spent in Israel were some of the best of my life.  But the experience I’d had wasn’t enough:  I wanted more, and I knew I would have to return.

Bringing beauty to others while studying abroad in Israel

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By Laura Marder, University of Haifa
You know you had an unbelievable study abroad experience when it’s time to leave and you’re in a state of shock because your year flew by, exceeding every single one of your expectations. Sounds too good to be true?

Play by Masa Israel alumna to be featured in NY Fringe International Festival

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Abraham's Daughters, written by Masa Israel Journey alum, Elissa Lerner, is a new play featured at this summer's New York Fringe International Festival. The play tells the story of the intersection between college and religion in a way that many of us can relate to.
The plot begins on the first day of freshman year with Sarah waiting for her roommate to arrive.

Dialogue in the desert: Studying abroad at Ben Gurion University

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While helping female Bedouin teenagers prepare for English college entrance exams through Masa Israel at Ben Gurion University (BGU) in the Negev in August 2008, I met Nesma.  In the coming weeks, I tutored Nesma in English by using Hebrew and Arabic to explain English vocabulary or grammatical constructions.  Despite our religious, cultural, and national

10 Reasons You Should Spend a Semester in Israel

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Even if you always planned to study abroad, you may begin to think that taking a whole semester away from your friends and classes is a little too daunting, and consider studying abroad for a summer session instead. But a semester abroad will give you a significantly different experience than a month or two over the summer. Is this really a trade-off you want to make?

How to navigate your university’s study abroad policy

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If you're thinking about studying abroad this coming Spring, why not use free time you have this summer to begin doing your research? Once you start school again in the Fall, deadlines will come up faster than you think. So, instead of cramming it all in then, follow some necessary steps this summer to lay the groundwork for your semester abroad.
Choose your location
"Focus on what's good for you personally and academically," says Dr.

The road less traveled: studying abroad at Ben Gurion University of the Negev

The 'ABC's of going abroad | Weekly Roundup

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A collection of updates covering the intersection of Israel programs, the Jewish world, and international education.
  •  We were recently featured in a series on ABC News about going abroad as an alternative to facing the challenging job market in the US.

Masa Israel Invests in US-Israeli University Partnerships

Masa Israel Invests in US-Israeli University Partnerships

May 13, 2010

Masa Israel is excited to announce the launch of a new capacity-building initiative to encourage study abroad and academic exchange in Israel.
Currently, Israel ranks 22nd out of the top 25 study abroad destinations for students from the United States, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2009 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. In addition, while the number of American students who spent a semester or year abroad increased 8.5 percent in 2007-08 from the year before, those who chose to study in Israel still made up only .9 percent of the total.
Israel has traditionally been a leader in the study of Jewish topics, the Middle East, archeology, and the like, but it is also a global leader in innovation in many of today’s most relevant fields, including technology, healthcare, the environment, and business. Today’s college students have a wider range of interests they want to pursue during their studies abroad and Masa Israel’s new grants will enable both home and host institutions to deepen their educational partnership to directly meet the needs of these students.
American students often prefer to study abroad through university-sponsored overseas programs, which (until now) have not always included Israel as an option. The hope is that by offering these grants to American universities, it will encourage study abroad in Israel by increasing the number of programs available to students through their home institutions. These partnerships will offer students the full support of their home institutions by helping them more easily meet prerequisites and by facilitating a seamless transfer of credits for their studies in Israel to their home university.
The new grant initiative marks a significant investment in Israel as a study abroad destination. The grant program will focus on creating targeted academic opportunities in Israel in majors such as business, environmental studies, engineering, psychology, the arts, law, medicine, and other subjects that are generally neglected in study abroad curricula.
Several prestigious universities, including Harvard, the University of Maryland and the University of Miami have already established pilot programs at Israeli institutions. In addition to providing them with financial support, Masa Israel will work closely with each institution’s study abroad office and partner institution in Israel in marketing and recruiting students nationally and on their home campus.
For more information, contact:
Daniel Schuval
Director of Academic Programs, Masa Israel Journey