aloges
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Attending University In Israel - Early Questions

Tue Sep 21, 2004 8:41 am

Good morning everyone!

In October of this year, I am going to start studying medical science. Since I "suffer" from a serious case of wanderlust, one of the first things I looked up when I got to know which German university I am going to attend was the options of studying abroad.

Ever since I learnt a few things about Jewish culture, I have been intrigued by it, and I'd like to get to know it by myself. Having spent one year of student exchange abroad (guess where  Big grin ), I am in no way afraid of leaving the surroundings I am familiar with, and for these two reasons, I'm starting to think about attending an Israeli university at some later point, maybe two years from now.

Since I don't know much about universities in Israel (my German uni has apparently established an exchange programme with the Hebrew University, Jerusalem), I'd be grateful for any info I could get. I don't have any specific questions, but I'd much appreciate anything that could help me decide if I should make any plans.

best regards and a big thank you
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RE: Attending University In Israel - Early Questions

Tue Sep 21, 2004 5:20 pm

Hi,

I am not sure what info exactly you are looking for, so I'll just mention your options and if there are any specific things feel free to e-mail me.

The best unis are:
The Technion in Haifa for engineering faculties
Tel Aviv Uni (TAU) for exact sciences and business school
The Hebrew University in Jerusalem for medicine , law and humanistic schools

You also have the Ben Gurion Uni in Beer Sheva (that's in the Negev desert) whith a good CS and math schools, Haifa Uni (not to mix with the Technion) wich basically sucks, but they have a decent law and history schools and the Weitzmann Institute of science in Rehovot (a southern suburb of TLV) which is good for research work in higher education.

There is a variety of colleges, but just 3 worth mentioning: The Reichmann Interdisciplinary center in Herzliah (a northern suburb of TLV) which has excellent law and CS schools , The Tel Aviv academic college (good CS school) and the Business College (excellent business school).

I am a graduate of TAU's CS school.

All of the major unis offer various programs for foreign students, the best being TAU and the Hebrew uni.

Social life is the best in Ben Gurion uni, by far. Next one is the Hebrew uni. TAU is full of snobs and there is no real campus life, but being in TLV compensates that. Technion is considered a bit "geeky" but its the best uni in Israel in its field (considered to be on the same level as MIT).

Here are some links:
http://www.tau.ac.il/
http://www.huji.ac.il/huji/eng/index_e.htm
http://www.bgu.ac.il/index.php
http://www.technion.ac.il/
http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.html.en

Regards.


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RE: Attending University In Israel - Early Questions

Wed Sep 22, 2004 2:40 am

Thanks for the info, LY7E7! I was pretty much looking for what you told me, a general overview and some recommendations where to study what. If I get to go to Israel in a few years, I'll probably end up in Jerusalem - I'll have to learn Hebrew, at least to an extent, but that's rather an advantage than a problem.

Could you tell me a thing or two about universities in Israel in general? Is the atmosphere good, or do people concentrate on getting over with their exams and nothing else? Are most people open-minded or are many a bit uppity? Thanks again!
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RE: Attending University In Israel - Early Questions

Wed Sep 22, 2004 8:24 pm

The general atmosphere is very good. As I've mentioned TAU has its "snobbish" glitches and the Technion is considered to be a place where people "study too much"  Smile, but nothing is really bad. The vast majority of the students are very open minded and you will always find good friends. The most diversified are the Haifa uni and the Hebrew one. There's one more that I forgot to mention and that is the Bar Ilan university. It's considered to be a religious university, although many secular students learn their as well. It is located 15 mins from TLV. If you choose to study their you must take a few courses in Jewish studies, no matter what major you are taking.
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