Haifa, Israel

International Relations

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Information for term International Relations

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Oct 4, 2018 – Jan 4, 2019 (13 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Oct 3, 2019 – Jan 2, 2020 (13 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Feb 21 – Jun 7, 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Oct 4, 2018 – Jun 7, 2019 (35 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Haifa’s multi-faceted communities provide a unique backdrop for studying international relations, psychology, Middle Eastern Studies, and peace and conflict studies. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore issues from numerous points of view. Connect with Israeli peers, gain work experience with an internship, and illuminate your studies with co-curricular excursions. You’re sure to come away with new and unique perspectives and insights.

Unique Experiences

  • Participate in

    special honors programs in peace and conflict studies. Intern in one of the many NGOs and local organizations.

  • Study at a leading university

    with cutting-edge research centers in a city known for ethnic and religious diversity.

  • Start or continue

    learning Hebrew or Arabic.

  • ships arrive at the Haifa port daily

    70
  • residents

    300K
  • years of history

    3,000

Location & Culture

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Israel’s third largest city spreads from the slopes of Mount Carmel to the Mediterranean Sea. A busy international port city, Haifa is known for its fast-growing high-tech industry and ethnic and religious diversity. World center of the Bahá'í faith, Haifa’s cultural tapestry also includes Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities and the neighboring Druze villages of Usifiya and Daliat-el-Carmel. Residents enjoy concerts, theater, museums, clubs, cafés, beaches, and easy access to the Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

Attend special lectures that illuminate Israel’s role in the Middle East, and the complexity of Israeli society.  

  • Hike Carmel National Forest, Israel’s largest park, just steps from the University of Haifa campus.
  • Explore urban neighborhoods where Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, and Baha’is are committed to living peacefully.
  • Travel to Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, and Akko and visit villages and historical sites across the country.
  • Get into campus life by joining student clubs, attending concerts, and using sports facilities.
  • Learn about Israel through a multitude of lenses such as farming, sporting activities, or volunteering.

PROJECTS

Internships. Nothing beats on-the-job experience, and you’ll earn credit, too. Options include social work agencies, public and special education facilities, health services, museums, and community centers.

Volunteering. Help people in need by giving your time and energy to non-profit organizations in Haifa and get a closer look at the issues Israeli society faces today.  

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Students can choose between staying on campus at the University of Haifa dormitories and leisurely walk to class every day or staying with a local Israeli homestay family for a more personal and immersive experience.

    Residence Halls: Students live on campus in the University of Haifa dormitories. Each student has a single room and private bathroom in a suite of six students with a shared kitchen and living room. Suitemates are a mix of Israeli and international students. The dormitories include student lounges, computer rooms with internet access, laundry rooms, and a grocery store.

    Homestay: Local families host students in their homes and invite them to become part of their family and community. Homestay placements are made based on compatibility between families and students, and in some cases a suitable homestay may not be available for every interested student. Homestays require some commute time to get to the university (between 25 to 50 minutes).

  • MEALS

    The university does not offer a meal plan. Students dine at campus cafés or cook in their dorm kitchens.

    Students in homestays will have two meals a day with their families (breakfast daily, and 2-3 dinners a week).  Students are responsible for the rest of their meals.

Haifa, Israel

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE HAIFA

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    UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA

    Israel

What People are Saying

  • “The CIEE excursions definitely stand out as some of the most memorable experiences both in terms of adventuring and cultural immersion. I loved the small group setting and the places we were able to visit that many other students never visited.”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “Even now at the end of my program I am constantly remembering and reminiscing on our initial orientation in Israel. We learned exponentially about the country and made incredible memories.”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “Being in a program where you have a resource at the school with you had been amazingly helpful! For basic things like where to get cheap food to how to work the bus system, it was amazing to have a local to help you out. The presentations and alternate locations that we got to go to through CIEE was completely worth paying the extra money instead of going directly though the university.”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “Martha was a godsend and made the experience the positive experience it was and I honestly doubt I would have had this amazing of an experience without her. Other students that went directly though the school floundered at the beginning, I settled into the experience much more quickly because of her advice, recommendations and Know-how.”

    Student, Fall 2017

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What you need to know

The program details

This program is for students who want to explore international relations, psychology, Middle Eastern Studies, and peace and conflict studies while developing Hebrew or Arabic skills. Students primarily choose courses within humanities and social sciences taught in English, in addition to learning Hebrew and/or Arabic. Students with advanced Hebrew skills can enroll in regular University of Haifa courses with special permission.

A specialized honors program in Peace and Conflict Studies offers a unique opportunity for serious students to combine focused coursework with practical research and internship projects.

Psychology Track
A small cohort of students work with faculty members on a variety of research projects, covering a range of questions in psychology that are applied to Israel and the Middle East.

Peace and Conflict Studies Honors Program
A select group of students focus on cultural, economic, educational, historical, political, psychological, religious, and social aspects of conflict resolution and peace efforts, and examines issues from intra-state, regional, and international perspectives.

University of Haifa. Founded in 1963, the University of Haifa is one of Israel’s leading universities, hosting six faculties and more than 50 cutting-edge research centers. The university community of 18,000 students is an amicable blend of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze, and Bedouin students. Faculty from all departments teach courses in English at the International School, and these courses are open to Israeli students.

Courses are taught by faculty from University of Haifa.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    CIEE students enroll in International School courses with Israeli and other international students at the University of Haifa.

  • GRADING

    Final grades from A-F with pluses and minuses (based on a scale of 100) are assigned based on class participation, papers, and mid-term and final exams.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Classes are held Monday through Thursday, and several weekends each semester include CIEE and University of Haifa excursions and activities. Attendance is mandatory in all classes. The for-credit internship course requires 10 hours of fieldwork per week, weekly written reports, and a final internship paper. Students in the psychology track typically participate in mentored-research activities for 15-plus hours a week.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    For the optional Psychology Track, students must have: An overall GPA 3.2, successful completion of two psychology courses beyond the introductory level, and an essay.

    For the Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, students must have: An overall GPA 3.2 and successful completion of two courses beyond the introductory level in international relations, peace and conflict studies, political science, middle east studies, or law. An essay and other application materials may be required.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Students are expected to register for 15-16 semester credits.

General program:

  • 4-5 courses,  which can include but is not limited to a language, a for-credit internship and/or CIEE’s Intercultural Communication and Leadership course.

Psychology Track:

  • 1-2 psychology courses
  • A mentored independent research course
  • 2-3 additional elective courses which can include, but is not limited to, a language course (Hebrew or Arabic), a for-credit internship and/or CIEE’s Intercultural Communication and Leadership course

Honors Peace and Conflict Studies program:

  • Honors Peace and Conflict seminar
  • 1 elective course in a field related to Peace and Conflict Studies

2-3 additional elective courses can include, but is not limited to, a language course (Hebrew or Arabic), a for-credit internship and/or CIEE’s Intercultural Communication and Leadership course.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

SPRING 2019 COURSES

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CIEE COURSE

University of Haifa international school COURSES

* Courses marked with an asterisk are courses offered in English in other University departments. They function on a different schedule than the International School courses and students must receive permission prior to the start of the course.

HEBREW AND ARABIC COURSES
Hebrew Language Aleph: Beginners 1
Hebrew Language Aleph: Beginners 2
Hebrew Language Aleph: Beginners 3
Hebrew Language Bet: Lower Intermediate 1
Hebrew Language Gimmel: Upper Intermediate 2
Hebrew Language Dalet: Lower Advanced 1
Hebrew Language Dalet: Lower Advanced 2
Hebrew Language Heh: Advanced 1
Modern Standard Arabic: Elementary I
Modern Standard Arabic: Elementary II
Modern Standard Arabic: Intermediate I
Modern Standard Arabic: Intermediate II
Modern Standard Arabic: Advanced
Spoken Arabic: Elementary 1

AREA STUDIES AND ELECTIVE COURSES
Arab-Israeli Relations
Contemporary Israel: History and Society
Contemporary Arab Thought and Culture
Refugee's Mental Health: Global and Local Perspectives
Peace & Conflict Honors Seminar I: Post-Cold War Conflict Resolution
Peace & Conflict Honors Seminar II: War and Peace in the Middle East
Arms Control in the Nuclear Realm
Israeli Collective Memory
Israel Stories: Page, Stage, and Screen
Islamic Fundamentalism in the Arab World
Green Technologies: Sustainability and the Environment in Israel
Women in Israel
Visual Culture and the Holocaust
Contemporary Perspectives on Rabbinic Family
Bible: World's Journey to Messianic Age
Faith, Reason and Dogma in Jewish Philosophy
Mentored Independent Research Project in Psychology
From Molecules to Behavior: The Biology of the Brain
Fine Arts* (courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, print-making and lithography-portfolio required) 
Greece and Its Popular Music*
Maritime Civilizations*

FOR-CREDIT INTERNSHIP

A for-credit internship is offered as an elective course and allows students to intern with local NGOs and other organizations that are working with a variety of projects and issues, including topics associated with politics, education, religion, and environmental studies. The for-credit internship is a work-study option for students relating to their academic interest. Students complete either 10 or 15 hours a week of field experience and submit weekly reports to their advisor. At the end of the term, they must write an academic paper addressing one of the issues they dealt with during their internship. The recommended credit for this internship is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours for 10 hours per week and 4 semester / 6 quarter hours for 15 hours per week.

HONORS PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES COURSES

Peace and Conflict Honors Seminar II: War and Peace in the Middle East (spring)

MENTORED INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT - PSYCHOLOGY TRACK (FALL AND SPRING)

Students are matched with University of Haifa faculty for a mentored independent research project. Students are involved in all aspects of the research process and are required to produce a final report at the end of the semester. Students may also be involved in production of a journal article or publication. Recent research projects have involved the following topics:

Motivation-Cognition Links
Intergroup Conflicts and Their Resolution
Stress in Social Conflicts
Societal Beliefs and Ideologies
Neurobiology of Brain Disorders
Emotional a Modulation of Memory
Genetic Models of Schizophrenia and Resilience
Animal Models of Depression, Stress, and Anxiety

ADDITIONAL UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS

British and American Literature 
Creative Art

FALL 2018 COURSES

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CIEE Course

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA COURSES

* Courses marked with an asterisk are courses offered in English in other University departments. They function on a different schedule than the International School courses and students must receive permission prior to the start of the course.

HEBREW AND ARABIC COURSES
Hebrew Language Aleph: Beginners 1
Hebrew Language Aleph: Beginners 2
Hebrew Language Aleph: Beginners 3
Hebrew Language Bet: Lower Intermediate 1
Hebrew Language Gimmel: Upper Intermediate 2
Hebrew Language Dalet: Lower Advanced 1
Hebrew Language Dalet: Lower Advanced 2
Hebrew Language Heh: Advanced 1
Modern Standard Arabic: Elementary I
Modern Standard Arabic: Elementary II
Modern Standard Arabic: Intermediate I
Modern Standard Arabic: Intermediate II
Modern Standard Arabic: Advanced
Spoken Arabic: Elementary 1

AREA STUDIES AND ELECTIVE COURSES
Terrorism and Responses (Fall)
Arab-Israeli Relations (Fall & Spring)
Contemporary Israel: History and Society (Fall and Spring)
Contemporary Arab Thought and Culture (Fall and Spring)
Refugee's Mental Health: Global and Local Perspectives (Spring)
Peace & Conflict Honors Seminar I: Post-Cold War Conflict Resolution
Peace & Conflict Honors Seminar II: War and Peace in the Middle East
Arms Control in the Nuclear Realm (Spring)
Media in the Arab World (Fall)
Israeli Collective Memory (Spring)
Israel Stories: Page, Stage, and Screen (Spring)
Islamic Fundamentalism in the Arab World (Spring)
Green Technologies: Sustainability and the Environment in Israel (Spring)
Women in Israel (Spring)
Visual Culture and the Holocaust (Spring)
Contemporary Perspectives on Rabbinic Family (Spring)
Literature of the Shoah (Fall)
Bible: Soul's Journey to Completion (Fall)
Bible: World's Journey to Messianic Age (Spring)
Faith, Reason and Dogma in Jewish Philosophy (Spring)
Jewish Spiritual Practices (Fall)
Issues in Political Psychology (Fall)
Mentored Independent Research Project in Psychology (Spring)
From Molecules to Behavior: The Biology of the Brain (Spring)
Fine Arts* (courses in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, print-making and lithography-portfolio required) 
Greece and Its Popular Music* (Spring)
Maritime Civilizations*

FOR-CREDIT INTERNSHIP
A for-credit internship is offered as an elective course and allows students to intern with local NGOs and other organizations that are working with a variety of projects and issues, including topics associated with politics, education, religion, and environmental studies. The for-credit internship is a work-study option for students relating to their academic interest. Students complete either 10 or 15 hours a week of field experience and submit weekly reports to their advisor. At the end of the term, they must write an academic paper addressing one of the issues they dealt with during their internship. The recommended credit for this internship is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours for 10 hours per week and 4 semester / 6 quarter hours for 15 hours per week.

HONORS PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES COURSES
Peace and Conflict Honors Seminar I: Post-Cold War Conflict Resolution (fall)
Peace and Conflict Honors Seminar II: War and Peace in the Middle East (spring)

MENTORED INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT - PSYCHOLOGY TRACK (FALL AND SPRING)
Students are matched with University of Haifa faculty for a mentored independent research project. Students are involved in all aspects of the research process and are required to produce a final report at the end of the semester. Students may also be involved in production of a journal article or publication. Recent research projects have involved the following topics:

Motivation-Cognition Links
Intergroup Conflicts and Their Resolution
Stress in Social Conflicts
Societal Beliefs and Ideologies
Neurobiology of Brain Disorders
Emotional a Modulation of Memory
Genetic Models of Schizophrenia and Resilience
Animal Models of Depression, Stress, and Anxiety

ADDITIONAL UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS
British and American Literature 
Creative Art

 

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Israeli culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 13 weeks Oct 4, 2018 Jan 4, 2019
$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $16,358 **

Housing = $2,025

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $45

Personal expenses = $1,750

Total Estimated Costs = $4,445

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Academic year 2018-2019 35 weeks Oct 4, 2018 Jun 7, 2019
$36,385
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $31,868 **

Housing = $4,050

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $36,385

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,600

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $400

Visa Fees = $45

Personal expenses = $3,500

Expenses during break = $1,800

Total Estimated Costs = $10,745

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all student

Spring 2019 15 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Feb 21, 2019 Jun 7, 2019
$19,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $16,958 **

Housing = $2,025

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,300

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $45

Personal expenses = $1,750

Total Estimated Costs = $4,545

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Fall 2019 13 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Oct 3, 2019* Jan 2, 2020*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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