Cell Phones

If you plan on having a cell phone in Tel Aviv, you can either opt to bring your own “unlocked” phone from the US or rent a local phone for the duration of your stay.  While it is totally up to you, we have heard from some students that if you are able to bring a phone with you it is preferable.

If you plan to bring your own phone you will need to contact your cell phone provider PRIOR to leaving to have them unlock your phone.  We have heard that it is possible to do so in Tel Aviv once you arrive if necessary, but there will be a fee and it is better to have it taken care of before arrival.

If you would like to rent a local phone,  you can pre-order a phone through Israel Phones. To order your phone, please complete the online order form www.israelphones.com/nyu-telaviv.htm.  You can also wait until arrival; there will be a representative at the first night of orientation that can walk you through the form.

To receive your assigned Israeli cellular number 1-3 business days in advance your arrival in Israel, log on to www.israelphones.com, select “What’s My Number” and insert your confirmation number.

If you have any further questions about your cellular phone rental, feel free to contact IsraelPhones directly at 1-866-8ISRAEL (from the U.S.), 1-866-302-5512 (from Canada) or email them at info@israelphones.com.

Additional $50 Deposit

On your first day at NYU Tel Aviv you will be asked to hand in a deposit of 50 dollars or 150 shekels to the staff. This deposit stands against the use of your Rav-Kav card, TAU library card, and for those enrolled to the Israeli Cinema class, against borrowing movies from HaOzen HaShlishit DVD library.

Final Checklist

You’ll be on a plane before you know it.  Take a minute to look through this final checklist to make sure that all of your bases are covered –

  • Get your student visa
  • Register for 12 – 18 credits; this does not include any waitlisted courses
  • Pay your NYU e-Bill
  • Register for HTH and print out the confirmation card
  • Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be abroad
  • Have all medications you may need for the full term (or have a plan to get remainder)
  • Make photocopies of your passport/visa, ID, and cards (bank, credit card) and leave one copy with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on
  • Print and review the arrival information
  • Cancel NYU in NYC housing if you have not already
  • Write down all important phone numbers (your phone may not work)
  • Submit Travel release and Medical Form
  • Complete NYUTraveler
  • Review the Pre-departure Orientation Presentation
  • Set up a communication plan with the parents
  • Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed)
  • Bring your flight confirmation print-out to the airport
  • Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack
  • Set up a budget
  • Bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry it with you in your carry on
  • Pack a carry on with all important paperwork, phone numbers, medications, and a change of clothes

Stay in touch

Hopefully you have all checked out the Student-to-Student guides and will refer back to them while you are abroad.  In order to keep them as up to date as possible though, we need your help! Let us know if something is out of date (the restaurant listed is closed or the neighborhood has changed) and what is actually going on! We really want to expand the current guides to have more personal anecdotes from actual students.  Possible post ideas might be:

  • Finally arriving and the first few days
  • Your housing and / or neighborhood
  • Cultural differences you instantly notice
  • Your courses, teachers, classrooms, schedule, getting to class
  • Program events and excursions
  • Volunteering or internships experiences
  • Your favorite places and things to do
  • Tips not found in guidebooks (like best place to people watch or cheapest lunch spots)

If you already plan on blogging about your experience send us the link and let us know if it is ok to repost relevant submission on the guides.  Not planning on blogging? Not a problem, just send us entries directly.  Or maybe writing is not your forte? Multimedia submissions (photos, videos, etc.) or totally welcome!

Please send all information or questions to kate.bruce@nyu.edu.

Global Health Presentation – watch and share with your Parents!

The NYU Student Health Center has been running a series of Parent webinars over the course of the summer covering a number of Health and Wellness related topics. There is one more Global Health Webinar scheduled for tomorrow (8/17) at noon (link to register here: http://www.nyu.edu/shc/about/parents.html), or you can check out a recorded version (without a Q&A section) here: http://www.nyu.edu/shc/videos/Parent.Global.Health.mov.