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Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Israel : Reviews (Jerusalem)

The following program review responses have been selected for publication by Study Abroad & Global Engagement
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James Michael Bachand, Winter Break 2014 Participant
Getting to see historical sights as important as the ones we saw, while at the same time mixing in visits with extremely interesting tech companies made the whole trip my favorite part.

 

Caleb Jonathan Hays, Winter Break 2014 Participant
My favorite part of the program was working with the venture capital firm and my team to develop a pitch for a start-up idea. It was exciting to work under pressure on a project with real-world applications with professionals who work in the industry everyday.

 

Andrew Joseph Hennessey, Winter Break 2014 Participant
It's hard to choose one thing that was my favorite over my two week trip to Israel. But just experiencing the culture of these Israeli and how they keep persevering after many hardships and setbacks. That was the most amazing part to me and something that has really changed the way I think and also make me want to work harder at everything I do, and it hasn't even been a week since I've been back! Truly and life changing experience.

 

Winter Break 2014 Participant
My favorite part of this program was the parallel it drew between Israel's advanced high-tech industry and its rich & long-standing history. It was also incredible to see the resiliency of the Israeli people, whether it be in terms of start-ups, their geopolitical situation, or more.

 

Jacob Kyle Jabben, Winter Break 2014 Participant
My favorite part of this program was learning what the country of Israel stood for by locals from numerous backgrounds instead of just what people see and hear about them on the news.

 

Courtney E Feemster, Winter Break 2016 Participant
There were several highlights for me but I enjoyed immersing myself in a culture I never thought I would get to witness firsthand.

 

Katlyn Meggers, Winter Break 2016 Participant
My favorite part was getting to be immersed into the culture of Israel. When watching the news beforehand, it was not even close to what I was expecting to experience. The rich history and complex political system made it an intriguing country to learn about and I fell in love with it very quickly.

 

Winter Break 2016 Participant
My favorite part of my study abroad trip to Israel was going to the Dead Sea. The experience was even more amazing than I was told it would be.

 

Winter Break 2016 Participant
The hardest part of the trip is picking a favorite experience. The entire trip from start to finish is a blur of cultural and academic experiences unlike anything I could have imagined. Instantly, I found myself enthralled in the Israeli culture. Eating community style, enjoying walks on the board walk, visiting ancient historical sites, and modern businesses blended the old and the new in a way I had never anticipated.

 

Kyle J Winston, Winter Break 2016 Participant
My favorite part of the program was learning about the Israeli culture and how entrepreneurship is part of their every day lives.

 

Winter Break 2018 Participant
It was an amazing mix of business, historical, religious and cultural experiences and a unique way to travel overseas for the first time.

 

Ashley Elizabeth Crainshaw, Winter Break 2016 Participant
I found the cultural excursions the most rewarding. Wandering around the different quarters of Jerusalem and interacting with the people gave me the opportunity to go outside my comfort zone and push myself to try new things.

 

Katlyn Meggers, Winter Break 2016 Participant
The most rewarding part was being able to build connections in another country as well as across the KU campus that I wouldn't have built otherwise.

 

Winter Break 2016 Participant
Being out and about in a new country was the most rewarding part of my study abroad experience. I appreciated my instructors' willingness to expose us heavily to the culture despite our limited time in the state.

 

Winter Break 2016 Participant
The historical sites gave a perspective to the fight and determination of the people of Israel. The country itself has fought tooth and nail since its origin, and I have the utmost respect for their culture.

 

Samantha Jean Orender, Winter Break 2018 Participant
The most rewarding part of this program was the culture. I was immersed in a culture that I had perceived as completely different from my own, and through this experience and talking to these people, I was able to understand that my life and the life of a typical Israeli, while different, were rooted in the same things.

 

James Michael Bachand, Winter Break 2014 Participant
More than can be summed up here. The whole experience is so valuable, it teaches you about entrepreneurship from every angle possible, such as inspiration, technical aspects, business management, and risk taking.

 

Winter Break 2014 Participant
This program teaches you more about business and entrepreneurship, how to work with people from other cultures, what the beliefs of people around the world are, and you also learn more about yourself.

 

Ashley Elizabeth Crainshaw, Winter Break 2016 Participant
If you go abroad, travel, don't tour. Dive into the culture, the people, the atmosphere; you'll get so much more out of the experience. It's intimidating, but you learn so much about your self and the country when you let go of your fears and live in the moment there.

 

Winter Break 2016 Participant
Israel is safe and culturally stimulating. I highly suggest the program !

 

Courtney E Feemster, Winter Break 2016 Participant
Everything. This program benefited me as a student and as an individual in many ways. For one, my business knowledge in an international setting has improved and also I realized how passionate I am about learning about other people and cultures.

 

Katlyn Meggers, Winter Break 2016 Participant
As an engineering student, there was a lot I did not understand about business terminology and how they functioned in general. Since Israel is such a small country, they had a very interesting system set up with the government in regards to funding and starting up businesses. There are so many opportunities there for students if they ever were considering starting their own company. Israel provides a unique culture that fosters innovation and opportunity that you can't find anywhere else.

 

Winter Break 2016 Participant
There are several Israeli universities that teach courses in English. The tuition is greatly reduced, the education is solid and the students are amazing!!

 

Kyle J Winston, Winter Break 2016 Participant
This program is the perfect mix of work and play. The companies we went and visited were incredibly innovative and very gracious in giving us their time. Wally and Jana really wanted us to learn about entrepreneurship, but also go out and have a great time experiencing the cultural aspects of Israel. It was also great to be able to see all of the historical sites that are almost everywhere you look. I cannot recommend this program enough to other students. It was one of the best trips I have taken in my life.