IDC Herzliya - Raphael Recanati International School

About

The Raphael Recanati International School of the IDC Herzliya is located just 10 minutes north of Tel Aviv and hosts students from more than 80 countries around the globe for full BA and MA programs taught entirely in English. Programs at the IDC are based on both theoretical and practical analysis and are taught by leading international academics hailing from top universities around the globe.

In addition to excellent professors,the dedicated administrative staff are on hand to make the transition to Israel a smooth and pleasant one, whether it be help with visas, financial aid or housing. The staff of native Israeli student councilors, help students adjust to academic and social life at the IDC. We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including trips throughout Israel, sports, debate, Model UN, and many more.

In a recent survey by the Israel Council for Higher Education, IDC was ranked #1 in student satisfaction and in the quality of teaching.

Founded
1994
Headquarters

Kanfei Nesharim
Herzliya
Israel

Reviews

Rosie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IDC Herzliya is known to have one of the best Communications programs in the region. The reason being that they focus more on the practical applications of the communications skills taught rather than the theoretical applications as most other schools teach. They use state-of-the-art equipment, and have professors from all around the world on staff, including Professor Oren Zuckerman, who studied at MIT, and many teachers who've taught at NYU, Columbia, and Harvard.
The area is great, Herzliya is near Tel Aviv, and most of the people speak English. Herzliya has one of the most beautiful beaches in Israel, and they have many buses and trains that run all night.
Also, IDC is known in the College world to be somewhat of a "party school" so the student life and party life is great. There are also a ton of on campus clubs for those who want to move in a more academic direction. IDC Herzliya is one of the best schools in the region, and, between you and I, it's the best major offered at the school.

What would you improve about this program?
More integration of the Israeli school and the International school, since most people who go to the international school for the most part do not integrate with the Israeli school.
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feli
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an incredible experience at IDC. The business program is both theory based and hands-on practical application.

I chose to major in marketing and we had the opportunity to work with real companies and present them with marketing strategies.

Highly recommend IDC

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Florian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Definitively the most advanced undergraduate degree in political science available in English in Israel. The country's best professors in the field teach in this program, they often come from leading positions in the government, ministry of foreign affairs, defense forces, etc.
Although academically challenging, it is a less stressful environment than at European universities (from experience) - there is a good academic and social atmosphere that makes it actually fun to go to school.

What would you improve about this program?
No PhD program yet.
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Hannah
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I love going to IDC. The government program I think is the best because it is very challenging and you study with other students who are also passionate. Furthermore, studying government and international relations in the Middle East is a unique opportunity that is an experience of a lifetime. Main problems include not enough support or help easily accessible to students.

What would you improve about this program?
Better resources for tutoring and more quiet spaces for studying
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DG
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying Psychology at IDC has been one of the greater experiences I had so far.
I am just about to finish my first year. Despite my doubts in the beginning I don't regret any decision that led me here.
Coming from Germany, two things bothered me about the program:
1. The fees (as university is free in Germany)
2. The B.A. degree instead of a B.Sc. (The typical
degree for psychology in Germany)

About the fees I have firstly to admit, that due to my urge to study in English, German university were not an option for me. In addition, IDC is actually one of the cheaper schools to study in English. Compared to the States or even to the UK, which tripled their prices last year, IDC's tuition fees are quite low. And compared to free school in Germany, you get something for your money.
Whereas German lessons have hundreds of students attending each class, fighting for seats and having no personal interaction with the professor whatsoever, IDC's classes are much smaller and offer way more options to get into contact with the professors. This is not only a product of the class size but also on the teacher's mentality of caring for every one of their students who shows a real interest in their class. And those who don't, they try to motivate or at least bother to ask what their problem is. Other schools tend to be very anonymous and the students are being seen as one big huddle instead of separate individuals. Not so at IDC!

Concerning the degree being a Bachelor of Arts instead of a Bachelor of Science I found out that this is the common degree for Psychology in the Sates as well. Being European I was used to it as a B.Sc. and I was afraid it might tend to be more like a Liberal Arts major than a scientific psychology major.
Luckily it came out to be the exact opposite. While some classes might be very "artsy", the focus still is very scientific. The major classes are based on Biology and Mathematics, just like in any B.Sc. psychology degree in Europe. For those who are more interested and maybe more gifted in that area, it's a blessing. Those who never connected to it before, are blessed with teachers who are involved and eager for everyone to enjoy their field of study as much as they do. That means additional recitation lessons, repetitions of misunderstood material or simply answering any questions in class as long as the time allows it.
And the teacher's assistants at this school are like personal tutors sent from heaven. They have a patience for students like I have never seen before. And all of them see it as their personal goal to see everyone succeed.

Of course every professor's and TA's priority is to cover all the necessary material, but the second it is covered, they all are more than willing to help where it is needed.

Overall IDC, and especially the psychology class, is like a community in which competitive thinking doesn't get in the way of helping each other out.
Meaning the teaching staff is willing to help everyone who shows effort and therefore deserve it. But also these students see their own gain in helping each other out contrary to canceling each other out for competitive reasons.

What would you improve about this program?
The only points worth considering are the reasoning for approved absences, as well as a few professors.
Attendance as requirement to pass a class may or may not be a good thing. This is definitely debatable.
But IDC's policy for excused absences is way too strict.

In addition, some teachers are not native English speakers. This is mostly no real problem as they normally spent their fair share if time in an English speaking country either studying or working.
But some teachers never got rid of their heavy accent or still haven't acquired a high enough fluency in English to teach in that language.
This leads sometimes to shifting focuses from trying to understand the material to trying to understand the teacher.
But this is only rarely the case, but definitely has to be dealt with.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Kayda Prodgers (age 22) is from Cape Town, South Africa. Kayda arrived in Israel in June 2010 and began her studies that fall. Kayda has now completed her degree in Psychology at IDC, Herzliyaand is currently working until she begins her Master's degree next year.

Why did you decide to study abroad with IDC Herzliya?

I decided to study abroad at IDC, Herzliya because of the quality of the education I knew I would receive, the intimate classroom settings, the exposure to Israel and her society, the opportunity to meet new people from around the world and the chance to be in a positive and stimulating environment.

Describe your program socially and academically.

The psychology program is a demanding one with a full schedule throughout its three-year duration. Professors expect a high level of commitment to one's studies and to the classes. A heavy emphasis is placed on understanding and practicing research methodologies and statistics, as well as in depth study of biology and various specializations within psychology. Individual assistance is always available to students in need. Socially, the IDC Herzliya is a hub of activity and excitement. There is always something happening on campus, students are continuously encouraged to interact and engage with one another both on and off campus and Herzliya (the city the university is situated) is alive with international students staying in university housing. Even the staff are part of social events for the various programs throughout the year and many events are planned especially for international students to feel more at home in Israel.

What is one piece of advice you'd give future IDC Herzliya students?

One piece of advice I would give to future students is that if you chose to study at IDC Herzliya, you should arrive with an open mind and heart - so many incredible opportunities will come your way, and if you turn a blind eye for even a second you might miss something that could change your life. Force yourself to step outside of your comfort zone, and you will discover friendships and academic interests you never thought you would have!