Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Programs
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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Reviews
Be different ,be you,BGU
Submitted by Jingjing Shi - Zhejiang University | August 07, 2017
My experience at BGU was so magnificent that I can not forget it anymore.Learning on Global Health ,going sightseeing and making friends were really a wonderful experience.It was really a great chance for me to learn something about GH. Thanks to this program, I have leaned what is GH and how does it work. Thinking forward ,thinking in a global context and thinking critically are what we need to do .In addition, I learned how to cooperate with each other.We are expected to help each other.Without cooperation ,we can not do anything.And it was pretty delightful that there is a support system.BGU is different because this program is well organized and comprehensive. Professors, doctors and workers in OSP are really considerate and warmhearted.Choosing BGU is the best decision I have made this summer.
Wasn't my first choice, but glad I couldn't go to my first choice
Submitted by סיני - Washington College | July 03, 2017
Ben Gurion University (BGU) was not my first choice, so naturally Israel was not my first choice either. I was expecting to go to Istanbul and immerse myself at the junction connecting the continents of Asia and Europe, but oh my goodness am I glad that had not been an option for me.
Beer Sheva is not the most glamorous city in Israel, and BGU is certainly not the most prestigious school in Israel, but after all, I felt like I discovered exactly where I belong.
I do not wish to give you cliches, but the experience here was life-changing, and most importantly it was a life-changing experience shared with many, who I deemed as some of the most lovely people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have been to more than twenty countries scattered around all five continents of the world, so when I say life-changing, it is indeed life-changing.
You will have opportunities to take some engaging courses related to Israel and the region of the Middle East; you will get to enjoy some trips to different parts of the country to experience culture, arts, scenery and history; you will learn Hebrew, and even though it might be difficult, it can be a rewarding experience for years to come.
If you are coming from the developed world, then the living condition might be considered sub par to what you have been used to. However, life is sometimes way more than just enjoying the moment or numbing yourself with luxury and extravagance. The OSP program here in BGU offered me a brand-new pair of vision to see the world differently and shed new lights on my existing knowledge about the country and the Middle East, and for me, those are some of the things that can never be valued monetarily.
So I would like to thank everyone at the OSP office for this wonderful 7 months, and OSP, BGU, Beer Sheva and Israel will always have a place in my heart.
I would do it again
Submitted by hgarsombke - University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee | March 05, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed my summer in Israel. I learned so much about this country and the way they influence the business world. The classes were engaging and enriching. My favorite part of the trip was definitely visiting Google's campus in Tel Aviv. Truly an amazing opportunity!
A Great Way to Experience Israel
Submitted by Alessa - City College of New York | January 18, 2017
The Overseas Student Program is the place for you if you want a great place to start to cultivate your own experiences and path in Israel. Located in Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva, attending this program will allow you to immerse yourself in the Negev, and if you're ready for a trip up north, you can easily do that too, as the trains and buses are close by. The faculty of the OSP are great, very friendly and welcoming and always willing to help. The teachers are some of the best in their fields and I was privileged to learn from them. The OSP courses are taught in English, however you could still sign up for regular BGU courses if you'd like. As an OSP student you can either live in the dorms or in an apartment off campus. Either way, you'd find yourself getting culturally immersed - fast. If you're looking for a program in Israel that is a good support system in any time of need, while providing the opportunity to learn Hebrew through intensive Ulpan (Hebrew language courses), and enhancing your knowledge in the areas of your expertise or expanding your horizons by taking the courses offered in Environmental Studies, Business, and Israeli Studies/Social Sciences, then I do think that the Overseas Student Program is a fantastic choice for people coming from all parts of the globe who want to experience Israel uniquely, not always in a touristy fashion. You won't regret making this choice, whether or not you have an easy or difficult time adapting to new surroundings. The OSP tries its best to make sure its students make as smooth of a transition as possible. Choosing to go to Israel was the best choice I made, and choosing the Overseas Student Program enhanced my experience.
Great Students, Faculty & Staff
Submitted by Evan Berent - City College of New York | November 14, 2016
A very vibrant campus, hospitable faculty and staff, and a more local feel than a 'large' city like Tel Aviv. A wide variety of people to meet and places to see. Traveling is constantly encouraged, and their 'study abroad /foreign student' office is always helpful in giving tips, helping translate, or assisting in trip logistics (critical for those trips over Shabbos).
The local students are very active both in Beer Sheva and other cities, so there's always something to do if not 15 minutes away, an hour and change into Tel Aviv.
I can't leave 5 stars due to issues during my last month and half, which is a shame since everything was great for the first few months. The dorms are also lacking (and more expensive than) renting or rooming off campus. If you are quite social definitely look for somewhere to rent instead of dorming.
Aside from this, I believe most will love their experience as much as I did if not more so.