Only one word really sums up my experience at the Hebrew University Winter Ulpan; Amazing! Even though I had been to Israel a number of times before doing ulpan and spending a whole month in Jerusalem and living with other students on campus was a totally different and unique experience.
The most important part of ulpan was of course the lessons. Learning Hebrew for 4 ½ hours every day seems exhausting but the reality was comepletely different. The teachers were of high quality, really fantastic and knew how to get the class engaged. In addition they were friendly and warm which made the whole classroom environment a great place to be. The classess also included some tours of the campus, a talk about Jerusalem architecture and a sing-a-long!
The other students also made the experience. It was great meeting people from all over the world. Being from Australia you’re in the minority, but it’s better that way because you’re forced to make new friends. I made friends from Switzerland, USA, UK and of course became even closer to the people from Australia. When you live, learn, eat and find your way around Jerusalem with others for a whole month, by the end you feel like you’ve known them a year.
It sounds like a cliché but it’s true that going on Ulpan is really amazing, and the best thing I’ve ever done. I learnt so much from the teachers and has such an amazing time with the people that I met. I encourage everyone to go to ulpan (even if it has nothing to do with what you’re studying!) because I can guarantee it’ll be AMAZING!