Alumni We Love

Reflections on My Time at Hebrew University

Sarah Wilner, Israel

While I was in my last year of my undergraduate year at McGill University in Montreal, I decided that I wanted to spend the following year abroad.

Alumni We Love - Sarah Wilner

I learned about the international MA program at Hebrew University and looked into it. It looked fascinating and an incredible experience, both living in Jerusalem and studying at the same time. I decided to apply for one year of graduate studies in 2000 and got it! I then applied and was awarded a CFHU scholarship. The scholarship enabled me to go to Hebrew University and study without thinking about financial issues.

Alumni We Love - Sarah Wilner

Little did I know that the decision to go to Jerusalem for a year would change the direction of my life forever!

Alumni We Love - Sarah Wilner

Originally, I decided to come for only a one-year graduate program, but while studying in Jerusalem, I decided to continue my studies and finish the MA program.

Alumni We Love - Sarah Wilner

These two years at Hebrew University and in Jerusalem allowed me to experience exciting new opportunities, whether it was to learn and live in a completely new language, study with very interesting and world-renowned professors, and meet and make life-long friendships with Israelis and international students.

It really was the chance of a lifetime.  After finishing my MA program in 2004, I went back to Canada, but couldn’t leave Israel behind, and a year later made aliya and moved to Israel to build a life.  20 years later, I’m still in Israel, and every day still experiencing new and exciting challenges and opportunities!

Alumni We Love - Sarah Wilner

  • Sarah is currently the Deputy Director of The Golda Meir MASHAV “Carmel” International Training Center (MCTC) in Haifa, Israel.

Alumni We Love - Sarah Wilner