Ezra Gould - USA
Coming to Israel for my MA was certainly not an easy choice. There were many universities around the world that I considered but in the end I chose Israel. I was sincerely nervous about studying in the Middle East. What would my classes be like? What would my classmates be like? Would I get by not knowing Hebrew? What about the daily violence I saw on the news back home? All these thoughts made me question my decision but I went anyway.
What I found was the most stimulating and rewarding experience I could have hoped for. My classes were very interesting and challenging though they were taught very differently than what I expected. My classmates were wonderful and I can safely say I have forged friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. Not knowing Hebrew was never an issue, I quickly found that most everyone spoke English and those that didn’t still found a way to communicate with me. Finally, I realized that Israel was far safer than my hometown of Seattle.
Now, I am employed as an intelligence analyst for an international contractor doing exactly what I hoped and studied for. I love the work I am doing and it wouldn’t be a reality without my time in Israel and my resulting degree. If I had to recommend this program I would not hesitate but I would caution to go in with an open mind. It will be nothing like you expect and more than you will hope for.