IDC Herzliya - Raphael Recanati International School

Program 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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Samantha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

There is no other place I can imagine studying than at the IDC. I have been to universities in America for three years, before I decided to make the move to IDC. It was by far the best decision I have ever made for myself. I have learned more about myself and my studies in one short year at IDC than I have my entire life. IDC provides a family-feel environment. I love how the classes are small and everyone in your class shares the same schedule. Everyone works together at IDC and there is unlimited help. Studying becomes fun. Nothing can compare to living in the heart of the conflict while studying the conflict itself. There are students from all over the world in my classes which provides such a unique experience to studying government. To be learning about the government system in Sweden and have a student from Sweden explain their view of their home country, followed by a student's view from Nigeria. This is truly the best more unique program out there. I highly recommend IDC to anyone who wants a lief changing experience for themselves.

What would you improve about this program?
Better access to sports programs and a better library or study room.
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Rafael
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Most classes are extremely interesting, teachers are extremely open to questions and criticism if you disagree with their view on something and they are always open to debate, which is great.
While outside of campus language maybe a barrier, most people in Israel speak at the very least basic English so it's easy to get around. Once on campus it is a fullly anglo environment, so nothing to worry about.
School staff is always there to help you with any problems you may have, they might not be the most efficient, but they sure get the job well done!
Overall, IDC is probably the best school to study Government in the MidEast, the best teachers of the best universities in Israel all gather to teach in IDC which makes the program probably the best one there could be.

What would you improve about this program?
I'm not saying classes are too big because they aren't, most classes have 50 people or less, but obviously if they were a bit smaller it would be even better.
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Heli
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The government program lecturers and faculty are from the academic but also professional fields. They gave us theoretical and practical skills that I believe best prepared me for my career. They would give their recommendations on future academic studies, helped to connect me with the internships that I was interested in and so much more. I truly recommend IDC for anyone that is into getting inspired every day and for anyone that loves networking and getting to know people from all over the world. The IDC gave me the confidence of starting my own non-profit with my classmates and I could not be happier with my degree.

What would you improve about this program?
It takes time to understand the system, but once you do after the first or second semester, you begin to get the most out of it.
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Kayda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Psychology program at IDC is built around giving you the best exposure to as many different areas of the field as possible while still in your undergraduate degree. The faculty are very professional but also add their own personal touch to their classes and provide great support to students. The program as well as the school offers an abundance of opportunities to expand one's knowledge providing a truly well-rounded and in-depth university and learning experience. This is a brilliant program for those who are passionate about psychology, the human mind and understanding yourself and those around you better. You will be challenged academically through stimulating syllabi and demanding schedules and requirements, but what you gain by the end far outweighs the difficulties along the way. The program coordinators are well aware that there is always room for improvement and continuously take into account the students' opinions and recommendations for future classes.

What would you improve about this program?
A wider range of psychology electives during one's second and third years of the program.