SMU Study Abroad Program

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"SMU Study Abroad Program" Israel Roni Morris : 

"SMU Study Abroad Program" Israel Roni Morris

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3 Main Reasons to Study Abroad 1. Personal Growth While mastering the challenges of learning in a new and different academic environment, and experiencing the many highs and lows of being a 'foreigner,' students typically return home with increased self-confidence and justifiable pride in what they have achieved. Studying broad can raise the intellectual horizons and deepen knowledge.

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2. New Perspective on World Affairs Most students gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the United States, its way of life, and its role in international affairs. Everyone you meet in this program will show the student how others view the United States and its world role. You will learn the practical importance of learning another language and using it. and understanding of international, political, and economic issues. You will also have first-hand knowledge of how another culture approaches the tasks and challenges of everyday life, a sense of how 'global' the international culture has become, and an appreciation of the importance of international cooperation.

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3. Career Enhancement Studying abroad not only promotes academic enrichment it also enhances your employment prospects, especially in the fields of business, international affairs, and government service. With the economy the way it is today, employers know that students who have successfully completed a study abroad program are likely to possess international knowledge, language and skills that employers need.

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Tel Aviv University is Israel’s largest and top-ranked university. The University provides international students with an excellent foundation to discover the Israeli people through its Overseas Student Programs, which include fully accredited academic courses, insightful field trips, special seminars, internships, and immersion into Israeli culture.

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SEMESTER OR YEAR ABROAD Programs at Tel Aviv University present a unique opportunity for accomplished college students. Participants learn Hebrew and take college level courses in English for full academic credit while immersed in Israeli culture. International students may enroll in Tel Aviv University’s semester or yearlong study abroad program either independently or through their home school. In addition, qualified high school seniors may apply to spend their first semester or year at Tel Aviv University.

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The programs offer a rich variety of exciting courses in the fields of International Relations, Social Sciences, Arts, Environmental Studies, History, Religion, Business and many more. Each course awards 3 academic credits, for a total of up to 15 undergraduate-level credits per semester (21 credits with Ulpan, see below). The School for Overseas Students partners with other departments at TAU to offer students the option of interdisciplinary curricula each semester. Recent partnerships include the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of the Arts and the Faculty of Law.

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Course Schedule The following are course offerings for the undergraduate Fall and Spring semester programs

Fees and Expenses 2009/10 All fees and expenses listed below are quoted in US dollars. Semester/Year-long Programs : 

Fees and Expenses 2009/10 All fees and expenses listed below are quoted in US dollars. Semester/Year-long Programs Ulpan Only Semester Year MAME Tuition --- 7,000 11,000 11,000 *Language 1,700 1,450 1,450 1,450 Room 800 2,000 4,000 4,800 Total 2,500 10,450 16,450 17,250

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HOUSINGDuring your stay at the main campus of Tel Aviv University you will be housed in the Student Dormitories adjacent to the Main Campus. The dormitories are divided into suites of two or four bedrooms with two students assigned to each bedroom. The suites are small apartments equipped with a basic kitchen, bedrooms, lounge areas and bathrooms. The dormitories are not air-conditioned. Students receive room assignments in Israel upon arrival at Tel Aviv University. Students will be responsible for their own meals, not included in the cost of the program. Most students eat out at least once a day either on-campus or in neighborhood restaurants. Attempts are made to honor special housing requests for students observing specific dietary regulations (kosher and vegetarian), smoking and non-smoking suites, and particular roommates.

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Tourism Sites The birthplace of Christianity and Judaism, Israel is a sightseer’s paradise with lots of attractions, and a mystical and fascinating history to boot. Dead Sea Israel Festival Western Wall Cliff of Masada Masada

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Dome of the Rock Dome of the Jewish Museum Ethiopian Church Hall of Rememberance Bethlehem Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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Language: Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages of Israel. Most of the population also speak English. Entry requirements: Entry requirements for Americans: United States citizens require a valid passport, but no visa is needed for stays of up to three months.

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Safety: Travellers should maintain a high level of vigilance and keep up to date with developments. The risk of terrorist attacks remains high and travellers to the region, including Jerusalem, need to exercise caution particularly around locations specifically targeted by attacks in the past such as bars, nightclubs, markets and buses. Suicide bombers have targeted crowded public areas resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries over the years, and although foreigners have not been specific targets, many have been caught up in the attacks. Check with local embassies for the latest travel advisory notices. All travel to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank should be avoided. There is also a continuing threat of kidnap of foreign nationals in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Tension between Palestine and Israel has resulted in rocket fire being exchanged over the Israel/Gaza border, and travel to within three miles (5km) of the border area should be avoided. Palestine has also threatened further attacks in

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Customs: Israel is a largely religious society and religious customs should be respected. Indecent behaviour is not tolerated and offenders will be arrested and fined heavily or imprisoned. Care should be taken not to photograph any military or police personnel or installations, and visitors should be discreet about taking photographs in Jewish Orthodox areas and of Jewish Orthodox people. It is advisable to carry official identification at all time

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Money: The Israeli Shekel (ILS) is divided into 100 agorot (singular is agora). Money can be changed in the small exchange bureaux found on most main streets, or at banks and hotels. ATMs are prevalent throughout the country and linked to American systems. Most banks are open Sunday through to Friday until noon, and are open again from 4pm till 6pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, though commission on these is high.

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Health: There are no special precautions required for travel to Israel, but insect protection from August to November is recommended due to the prevalence of West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Bird flu has been discovered in Gaza as well as in a number of towns in Israel. The risk to travellers is very low, but close contact with live birds should be avoided, and all egg and poultry dishes should be well cooked as a precaution. Medical facilities are excellent but treatment can be very expensive so it is essential that travellers take out full insurance.

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