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Welcome to the Hinich Foundation’s Orientation page for all Global Trade Leaders attending Tel Aviv University.
On the left sidebar you find a list of informational resources related to student life in the Philippines. These have been created by our current scholars to better prepare you for your arrival and ensure the smoothest transition when you start university.
Have a great first semester and congratulations again on being chosen for the Hinirich Global Leadership Program!
Pre-arrival – Before you get to school
HF documents: Since you are offered a Hinrich Foundation scholarship, scholars has to provide and check some documents and information needed from sponsor such as essay writing, MoU, and student’s stipend that has to submit on time and provide the information correctly and honestly.
University documents: there are many documents the Sofaer IMBA requires to fill-out and submit on time. The HF coordinator will ask through the email or phone to provide the information and documents required from university.
Passport: in the meanwhile running and providing the documents to HF and TAU, scholars should make sure as well that his/her passport is not expired in 6 months. If in case do not have passport yet, that you have to run document to make a passport which allow you to travel.
Visas for Foreign Students: To apply for a student visa please contact your local Israeli Consulate or Many embassies/consulates will require an acceptance letter and proof of a return ticket. In most cases the official letter of acceptance your received attached to your acceptance email should work fine. If not, please be in touch with the staff of Sofaer IMBA. Depending on your country of citizenship, you may have the option to apply for a student visa once in Tel Aviv. However, it is strongly recommended to apply in your local Israeli Consulate or Embassy prior to your arrival.
Transportation: after finished whole processes of requirement, time to organize travel to Tel Aviv. Scholars should check the university time schedule and make sure should arrive before formal school registration 5 days in order to be ready on place to stay and get familiar with the school and its environment. For the flight booking, scholar should books returned flight within 21 days. Scholars can get reimbursement from HF latter when arrived Tel Aviv as actual amount of payments in domestic and outside country.
What to pack?
Arrival : Getting from the airport, ID Cards and Banking
Arrival at the airport: Upon your arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport there are 2 different ways you can get to Tel Aviv.
Transport to the university
Banking in Tel Aviv:
To open a bank account in Israel, you will need the following::
The most convenient banks near the campus are:
Classes: Course preparation and reviews
Course Catalogue: Please check the Course Catalogue 2013/2014 page on the website of Sofaer IMBA. This is subject to change and as the year approaches. A full list of courses will appear in our General Guideline Booklet.
Academic advising: academic advising for the Sofaer IMBA will be provided by Prof. Simon Benninga. Prof. Benninga will be available to advise students regarding electives, waivers, exchange opportunities and overall learning strategies for students.
Language Course: The Sofaer IMBA program includes the possibility to take Hebrew language courses during Modules 1 to 4. Additional languages are offered by Tel Aviv University’s Division of Foreign Languages and TAU International. Please note that currently language courses will not count for credit and most courses are conducted in the given language and Hebrew.
Living in Tel Aviv – Housing, shopping and other establishments
On-campus housing: Tel Aviv University does offer a limited number of dormitories for graduate-level students. Dorm rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Outside the campus or off-campus housing: Many students opt to find an apartment in Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv or commute from surrounding towns. Apartment hunting in Tel Aviv can be quite time consuming and the process can be lengthy. This can be partially explained by the extremely fast-moving market. Students are advised to set time aside specifically for apartment hunting prior to the start of the program. 2-3 weeks is recommended. Students may also want to consider finding a short-term rental for the first couple of weeks before finding an apartment. Hostels are another temporary option. For more about hostels, see http://www.hostelsweb.com/cities/telaviv.html.
Cost of accommodation: Depending on a variety of factors, you should be prepared to pay anywhere from 2500 NIS (living with 1 or 2 roommates) to 4600 NIS (living alone) per month for a partially furnished apartment.
Laundry: There are many Laundromats throughout the city. In general, self-serve laundry should cost around 15 NIS per load. Dryers will be cost less– around 10 NIS. Before you lug all your laundry, be sure to check out what amount of change the machines require. Many require three 5 shekel coins exactly. The washing machines usually take around half an hour. The dryers will take less time than a standard North American dryer. Be careful to watch your laundry as it dries. Shrinking clothing is not unusual. Dryers usually use 5 shekel and 1 shekel coins. Available at many dry cleaners is laundry service. Cost is determined based on kilograms of laundry. Some locations offer a pick-up and/or drop-off service.
Post Office: There is a post office located just outside the main gates of the university on Levanon St. across from Cafe Greg. There are many services and products that are offered such as: stamps, phone cards, fax services, money changing (better rates than at the bank). You can even buy a credit card there and pay most of your bill. For more information about post offices near you: http://www.israelpost.co.il/.
Transportation – How to get around
Israel Railways: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx(English)
Activities – On-campus clubs and international travel
Sofaer IMBA Professional Interest Groups
Time being a scarce commodity in a one-year MBA, Interest Groups provide a platform for students to connect to others with common professional interests for the purpose of sharing contacts, facilitating small group encounters and providing mutual support in the networking process.
Sofaer IMBA Student Representatives
Being a Student Rep is a great opportunity for any student interested in a leadership position. Student Reps are the main liaison between staff and Sofaer IMBA students. The Student Reps will meet with the Sofaer Class Coordinator and Career Advisor on a monthly basis, in order to promote open communication between the staff and students. These meetings will allow for the students to relay the ideas, interests and concerns of the class. During these meetings the Reps will also be informed of any important information that needs to be relayed to the class. The Reps will play an active role in the planning and decision-making process that will help develop the program throughout the year. Towards the end of Orientation Week we will be holding Student Rep Elections.
The Buddy System is a project built in collaboration with the Tel Aviv University Student Union especially for our international students. It is a group For students, RUN by students. The program brings together all of the university’s international students and enhances their connection to the city, country and community by connecting them with Israeli students at events held throughout the academic year.The buddy system will give you the opportunity to meet and build real friendship with Israeli students. The experience will be enhanced by Buddy System activities such as trips, lectures, volunteering, parties and more. Through the Buddy System we strive to create a united and multicultural campus at Tel Aviv University. For more information and photos from previous events, check out their Facebook page "TAU Buddy System". ". For any information, you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel:
Recanati is home to the Israeli chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global non-profit organization (started at MIT, 1978) dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. The Forum organizes conferences, workshops, consultation programs and other activities where entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors and technologists exchange insights about how to effectively grow high-tech ventures while adapting to dynamic market risks and overcoming challenges. (www.mit-forum.org.il)
IsraelDev, Tel Aviv University:
A grassroots movement which seeks to foster an environment which supports and promotes international development in Israel, the IsraelDev network is working to both strengthen the existing international development community in Israel and to raise awareness among the broader public of the immense potential of Israeli technological and social innovation to solve challenges in the developing world. (http://www.israeldev.org/)
Tel Aviv University’s Student Union:
The mandate of the Student Union is to enrich the experience of Tel Aviv University’s 30,000+ student population. Student Union activities include: helping students enjoy the rich cultural and social life of the University, connecting students to volunteer and community activities, and building meaningful platforms for connection between Israeli and international student populations. (http://english.tau.ac.il/student_union)
StarTAU – Tel Aviv University’s Entrepreneurship Center:
StarTAU provides entrepreneurs with holistic support and guidance in the pursuit of their venture. Activities include: events, workshops, training seminars and industry tours. Additionally, StarTAU’s international department is committed to building connections with entrepreneurs, investors, businesses, hubs and officials around the world and coordinates a number of annual activities geared towards the international community. (http://startau.co.il)
Net Impact, Tel Aviv University Chapter:
Tel Aviv University’s hosts the only Israeli branch of the Net Impact – an international organization that promotes and supports over 30,000 members worldwide who care about sustainability and using their jobs and campuses to make an impact that benefits not just profit, but people and planet too. (http://imba.tau.ac.il/netimpact)
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