Studying Abroad: A Multi-Cultural Adventure

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Blog

The best way to learn about the world, connect with its people, and experience the variety of cultures is to visit the different countries themselves. However, that will take time – years – and plenty of money. 

But there is another more affordable option… You can meet people from different countries and cultures all in one place – on a study-abroad program. 

The benefits of studying abroad

Meeting new and exciting people and making lifelong friends from all over the world is a major advantage of studying in a country other than your own, but the benefits go way beyond the social aspect.

It’s a fantastic way to expand your view of the world, especially for those who have never left home before. Not only will the experience provide you with an incredible new outlook of other customs and activities, but it will also give you the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study-abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

In addition, you’ll be able to learn a new language, find new interests and participate in activities you never expected. And when you finish your study-abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. 

And what better place to experience all this than the melting pot that is Israel, where not only is there a wide range of religions (not only monotheistic), but also a variety of interesting people from all over the world sharing the same goal?

Your choice of university determines your future

Choosing the right university is one of the most important decisions you will have to make for your future. It will have a major impact on your life in so many different ways, many of which are impossible to foresee, but there are some that will be obvious from the start.

These include: how much in student loans you’ll have to pay once you start working; whether the university you choose is reputable and will be an asset when it comes to finding work after graduating; whether studying abroad will be advantageous, and more. Therefore, it is essential to consider all the options when doing your research. 

How to choose a university

University tuition fees in the United States are among the highest in the world, with average annual tuition costs for an undergraduate student at a private institution estimated at around $40,000 without accommodation and other living expenses. 

Undergraduate tuition prices in the UK are currently around £10,000 per year for local students and way more for foreigners. While many European universities don’t charge much for European Union students, foreigners will have to pay to study (in most countries), but not all of them offer a full degree in English.

Enter, Israel. A country recognized for its innovation, scientific and technological breakthroughs, humanitarian efforts overseas, and much, much more. A country known for its pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit. A country that respects new ideas and promising youngsters. A country that will not set you back financially for the unforeseeable future.

The Start-Up Nation, as it is known internationally, was ranked the third most innovative country in the world (World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index), and studying in Israel will give you the chance to experience this dynamic start-up culture and eco-system first-hand.

Why study in Israel?

The quality of the university you will be attending is the most important consideration when deciding on where to study – and Israel’s universities are recognized internationally for their academic excellence. With several universities ranked among the highest in the world, including Bar-Ilan University, Israel provides you with a world-class education and a unique international learning environment created with your success in mind.

An important consideration is that students coming to Israel don’t have to speak Hebrew, the official language. English is widely spoken in the country, especially in the center, and Bar-Ilan University has an International School that offers various top-quality degrees in English. (Non-English-speaking students will have to take an English proficiency test.)

But academics aren’t your only consideration. Israel has so much more to offer, including more than 4,000 years of history that has drawn on so many different cultural influences, allowing you to experience a world in one country. 

This diversity also permeates the food, art, theater, music and more, and enables you to immerse yourself in a variety of pleasures on a daily basis. There’s always something going on and something for every taste. Highlights include the Jerusalem International Film Festival, the highly popular Tel Aviv Pride, Akko Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre, and annual marathons in all the major cities. 

But that’s not all. Israel offers a landscape of beauty and excitement. Besides experiencing world-famous historical sites, you can wander through the markets in Jerusalem, lie back and float in the Dead Sea, hike the magnificent Israel trail, float above the Negev desert in a hot-air balloon, take a walk through the amazing Baha’i Gardens in Haifa or watch the sun set on a Tel Aviv beach. You’ll be able to take in this wealth of attractions and still have more places to see until well beyond graduation.

Let’s not forget student life on campus and off, in or out of the city. Your social life comes alive when you step out of your door – day or night. And most importantly, you will have the opportunity to make lifelong friendships with Israelis and other students from all corners of the world.

Why Bar-Ilan University?

Bar-Ilan University offers a range of academic programs for international students ranging from short-term summer and winter courses to full degree Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, including an International MBA, taught entirely in English. It also welcomes post-graduate students and researchers for Doctoral (PhD) degrees and Post-Doctoral research, and assigns the students with leading researchers in the field.

Due to the ethnic mix of the country, study-abroad students would have the opportunity to learn various languages including Arabic and Russian, both of which are widely spoken here as there are many Arab Israelis and Russian immigrants.

In addition, Israel is one of the safest countries in which to study. Because of the constant political crisis with its neighbors, the police and security forces are extremely efficient in the work they perform.

Bar-Ilan University was the first Israeli university to offer an undergraduate program tailor-made for English speakers in Israel, and as a result, it has been the university of choice for international students in Israel since 1957. It is also the top choice for olim (immigrants) from all over the world. This lead to the opening of an International School at the university, which is dedicated to providing a soft landing and extensive support for all foreign students and olim in English.

Ranked one of the top 500 universities in the world (and there are more than 20,000), Bar-Ilan University offers a safe and secure environment on the “Most Beautiful Academic Campus” in Israel (awarded the title by the Council for a Beautiful Israel), not far from the center of Tel Aviv, one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

 

So why not study in Israel at Bar-Ilan University?