All around America, teens and their parents are exploring their options for camp, gap year programs and other educational programs in Israel. As families choose among the various options, we set out to get you the inside scoop on life in Israel.

We asked eight students from Naale Elite Academy program for their tips on studying in Israel. Na’ale Elite Academy gives teens (9th–12th grades) the chance to complete high school in Israel on a full scholarship. Living on campus in an Israeli boarding school, students learn Hebrew and graduate with an internationally recognized diploma. Naale Elite Academy has specialized tracks that include secular and religious programs, an intensive level science and art programs. If anyone has the lowdown on life at an Israeli educational program, it’s Naale Elite academy’s students.

Here’s what they want to tell you:

You need to bring sweaters. It’s not as hot as you think. The winter is cold.
Laurie Green, East Brunswick NJ

Get a Rav Kav (bus pass) as soon as you can.
Zack Maison, Miami Fl

Learn some Hebrew before you come. It helps to be familiar with the language
Shawn Kissel, Fair Lawn NJ

Bring lots of socks. They always go missing.
Shay Goel, Richmond VA

Get the app Moovit. It tells you all the bus times. Figuring out the bus system makes a big difference.
Miriam Edry, Springfield MA

Bring snacks from home. There are lots of things you can’t buy here. Dov Ber Cohen, FL

Don’t convert shekels to dollars, you’ll spend more money than you have.
Oriah Abarjel, Montreal

Come with an open mind. Expectations can cause problems. You need to be positive and open to challenge.
Atara Trudler, Philidelphia PA

Be prepared to ‘find’ yourself. It’s a cliché but you really do.
Shemaya Greenberg, Boka Raton Fl

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