I spent this past summer studying in Jerusalem, Israel. I have family in Israel, and used to visit for a couple of weeks each year. (Although this stopped after my family moved to Norman, Oklahoma, as we used to go to Israel over the Passover break.) However, my family does not live in Jerusalem, and I really had only spent one full day in Jerusalem before.
I was unsure about what to expect at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. But, whatever expectations I might have had, were reached and then some. I had a relatively large room to myself, and became good friends with one of my flatmates. The classes themselves were very interesting, as the professors endeavored to present information on hot-topic issues as neutrally as possible. (Issues like Israel-Palestine.) I really enjoyed both of my classes, and would definitely recommend the summer in Jerusalem program.
I want to mention a few important things about living and studying. There are metal detectors and security guards protecting the dorms and campus. Because of this, it is imperative that one does not forget their student ID card! Within the dorm complex, there is a little store where one can buy basic food items and living essentials. On the campus itself, I found that the best place to eat was actually the little cafe in the Rothberg building — The chocolate croissants and cheese bourekas are excellent. In the main student union there is also Italian food and Israeli food. (But, honestly, this is not really the place to get a great falafel.)
A final note! Most things are closed on Saturday. I recommend stocking up on some food. (Transportation options are also significantly limited.) There is a Dominos pizza nearby, but it is quite expensive… and… well… it’s Dominos.