Professor Ursula Kuhar shared her experiences and the benefits she sees for students studying abroad in Israel. Kuhar is O’Neill’s founding director of the Israel study abroad program and an accomplished professional opera vocalist.
Interested in studying abroad this summer? Applications are due January 27.
Q: What makes the Israel summer program special?
KUHAR: O’Neill is Israel was the first summer program we established in the Middle East, and for our top ranked school to have a presence there is just fantastic. The Israel program is also structured as a “learning on the land” program: we spend time in class in the morning, have a site visit with one of our program partners or an excursion in the afternoon, and see a performance or exhibition in the evening. It’s a busy three weeks, but worth it!
Q: Why should students study abroad?
KUHAR: Studying abroad is the one thing I have always recommended to students. I studied abroad in Paris while in college and it taught me so much about myself—and the world—and who I wanted to be as a young professional. It’s also quite affordable as a student to travel and experience life abroad as well. Take advantage of those student discount programs!
Q: What types of students should apply to study abroad in Israel?
KUHAR: Students who are interested in learning more about the global arts sector and any student interested in exploring and understanding the dynamics of the Middle East.
Q: What is your favorite part of running international programs?
KUHAR: I love seeing students’ wheels turn and witnessing their “lightbulb” moments in real time, and in this program, given the locale and content, they happen frequently! Also, the food in Israel is divine, the culture is abundant, and the people are amazing.