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OverviewIn a country as complex as Israel, why would you settle for a single perspective?On a truly integrated campus in Haifa, one of Israel’s most progressive cities, you’ll engage in an in-depth, and balanced exploration of regional tensions, conflict and pertinent issues with one the most diverse student bodies of any university in the country.Through the combination of a formal academic program, daily interaction with local and regional students, community engagement, and various field trips and excursions, you have the opportunity to explore the challenges, successes, and on-going dialogues in Israel and its role in the Middle East from a variety of perspectives.In Haifa you’ll have access to:
A unique combination of academic coursework, daily interaction with local and regional students, community engagement opportunities, and many field trips and excursions Experts in international relations, psychology, and peace and conflict studies, Special honors programs in peace and conflict studies, and psychology A leading university with cutting-edge research centers located in a city known for its ethnic and religious diversityThe CIEE DifferenceCourseworkGet ready for an in-depth exploration of issues involving international relations, psychology, Middle Eastern Studies, and peace and conflict studies. Just a few of the courses you can choose from include: Arab-Israeli Relations Intergroup Relations: Psychology of Conflict and Reconciliation Terrorism and Responses Topics in the Social History of Israel Socio-Economic, Political, Ethnic, and Religious Conflicts in Israel and the Search for Common GroundYou can also choose to take part in the honors programs in peace and conflict studies, and psychology.Hebrew or Arabic Language StudyLanguage study is critical to any serious international development program. A knowledge of native languages facilitates communication, promotes understanding, and prevents the kind of misapprehensions that obstruct the path to diplomacy. With study abroad in Israel you’ll choose between Hebrew and Arabic courses that teach you how to interact daily with your peers and members of the community, from daily greetings to asking for directions to reading basic texts such as a restaurant menu. You’ll then get to practice your new skills during a homestay with a Hebrew or Arabic-speaking host family or a local roommate in a residence hall.InternshipsPut your knowledge of international relations, psychology, or peace and conflict studies to work and gain valuable hands-on experience in the process with an internship. Possible agencies and organizations include: the Arab-Jewish Center, the Center for Battered Women, government social work agencies, public and special education facilities, health services, archaeological explorations, local museums, and the Galilee Research Center.Activities and ExcursionsThrough study abroad in Israel, you’ll take part in numerous excursions, and activities that give you insight into Israeli culture and it’s people, see the region through many perspectives, and get a balanced view of the issues impacting the country and region today. Attend a special lecture on life in Israel. Hike through the Carmel National Forest, Israel’s largest park. Explore the neighborhoods of the country’s third-largest city, Haifa, and view an example of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, and Baha’is living together in harmony. You’ll also have the opportunity to volunteer to help a local organization to learn more about social problems affecting Israelis today.Recommended CreditIntensive Hebrew courses include 100 contact hours for a recommended 6 semester / 9 quarter hours. Intensive Modern Standard Arabic courses include 80 contact hours for a recommended 6 semester / 9 quarter hours. University of Haifa elective course credit recommendations vary, but most courses have 39-45 contact hours for a recommended 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.Total recommended credit for the program is 15-16 semester / 22.5-24 quarter hours.Program RequirementsStudents participating in the general program enroll in one language course plus an additional three elective courses.Students who are accepted into the Honors Psychology program enroll in the required International Perspectives on Psychology Seminar course, the Mentored Independent Research course, either Hebrew or Arabic language, plus one additional Psychology elective course.Students who are accepted into the Honors Peace and Conflict Studies program enroll in the required Honors Seminar course, either Hebrew or Arabic language, and two elective courses offered through the Peace and Conflict Studies program. One of these electives may be an Internship.About HaifaHaifa is Israel's third largest city with 300,000 residents and is an ideal urban setting for an inspiring academic experience. Located on the beautiful Mount Carmel and near the Mediterranean Sea, Haifa is marked by an exciting multiculturalism. Modern Haifa is known for Proposal for New Study Center its blossoming high-tech industry; however, Haifa has also always been an active port city for international commerce.Haifa has a national reputation for its ethnic and religious diversity. It is the world center of the Baha'i Faith. Its shrine, administrative center, and world-renowned gardens are prominent features of the city’s landscape. The Christian and Muslim communities of Haifa, and the neighboring Druze villages of Usifiya and Daliat-el-Carmel, are important components of the city's social and cultural development. Along with Jewish communities from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, North and South America, Ethiopia, and India, they have combined to create a modern Mediterranean city that is truly special.Life in the city of Haifa offers its inhabitants and visitors alike a mosaic of enthralling cultural events: concerts, theater, museums, clubs, cafes and beaches of the Mediterranean coastline. The Sea of Galilee, the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem are all within easy reach.Where You’ll StudyUniversity of Haifa Founded in 1963, the University of Haifa has quickly become one of Israel's leading universities, hosting six different faculties and over 50 cutting-edge research centers. The university community, consisting of 18,000 students, is a pluralistic and amicable blend of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze, and Bedouin students who reflect the diverse ethnic and religious cultures of Israel.Being an interdisciplinary division, the International School offers numerous opportunities for students from around the world. Faculty from all departments teaches the courses offered in English. These courses are also open to Israeli students currently enrolled at the University of Haifa.Housing & MealsHousing is included in the program fee. Students live in student residence halls on the University of Haifa campus. Students either have a single room in a suite with shared kitchen facilities or share double rooms with a local roommate in a suite with shared kitchen facilities and restroom/shower facilities. Students have convenient access to computer rooms with internet access, laundry rooms, a grocery store, and student lounges. Although the university does not offer a meal plan, students may take their meals in campus cafeterias or cook simple meals in their residence hall kitchens.Online Pre-Departure and On-Site OrientationsStudents begin their study abroad experience in Haifa before leaving home—by participating in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation. Meeting with students online, the Resident Director shares information about the program and site, addresses frequently asked questions, and gives students time to ask questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows students to connect with others in the group, reflect on what they want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help students understand more about the program and site, as well as their goals for the program, so that they arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward their goals.The program begins with a one-week mandatory orientation held in Haifa. Sessions are devoted to health, safety, and security, the academic program, local cultural considerations, local logistics, gender issues, and cultural adjustment strategies. The CIEE orientation is held off-site at either an educational center or a kibbutz in order for students to become familiar with various societal issues and challenges facing the people of Israel today. All CIEE students also participate in the University of Haifa international student orientation. This includes university-specific safety and security sessions, a library session, Haifa and local city tours, an intercultural communication workshop, and Hebrew and Arabic language placement exams.Ongoing CIEE support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.InternetWireless internet access is available from a variety of locations on campus (though not in the individual rooms of the student dormitories) and students who have laptops will be able to use their laptops to connect to the internet on campus. In addition, there are computer rooms available throughout the university campus as well as in the dormitories for student use. In order to print, students will need to purchase a print card at the library.TransportationStudents live on campus and can walk easily to all campus facilities. Public transportation offers convenient travel to the center of the city, local beaches, and bus/train stations.SafetyThe CIEE program orientation and University of Haifa international student orientation include several sessions on local safety and security issues. Due to the ongoing conflicts in and around Israel, students must adhere closely to both CIEE and University of Haifa security guidelines and program policies. This includes independent travel during the weekend and vacation periods. As part of the overall safety and security plan, all students on this program are required to purchase a local Israeli cell phone.HealthStudents have access to modern, high quality healthcare in Haifa. All students are covered by both the CIEE iNext Insurance policy with Political Evacuation and Natural Disaster coverage as well as the required Israeli student health insurance policy. All students are also provided with local Israeli student health insurance as part of the University of Haifa tuition.Students with DisabilitiesStudents with special needs should consult with CIEE prior to applying to this program.Cultural ActivitiesCIEE organizes in various local field trips, excursions, and cultural activities designed to help students gain a better of Israel’s past and present. The University of Haifa coordinates special lectures on various aspects of life in Israel, including politics, security, culture, and religion. CIEE and the University of Haifa also arrange various on-campus and local activities designed to expose students to local Israeli cultural events and celebrations. Students have access to sports facilities, student clubs, and weekly concerts on campus. Haifa is a cosmopolitan city with an interesting mixture of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, and Baha’is living in harmony. Students can relax and explore the city, local beaches, and the Carmel National Forest.Local conditions dictate which field trips and excursions are offered each semester, and are subject to change. All group excursions around Israel will be carefully reviewed in consultation with local security experts including the Israeli Police and Defense Forces.CIEE will add additional program excursions and activities to supplement the activities offered by the University of Haifa International School. The CIEE program is designed to introduce students to a variety of perspectives and and will strive to offer a balanced view of the issues impacting the country and region today.Community EngagementThe program is designed to provide CIEE students with complete integration into campus and local culture. Students share rooms with Israeli and international roommates and are encouraged to participate in various student clubs on campus. CIEE and the University of Haifa help coordinate a variety of volunteer activities each semester. These activities help students develop close relationships with Israelis and learn more about the social problems affecting local people today. Students who are interested in a more rigorous community engagement project may enroll in a for-credit Internship course as part of the regular academic program.Academic ProgramThe CIEE Haifa International Studies, Psychology, and Peace and Conflict Studies program is designed for current undergraduate students from many different academic backgrounds who would like to study in Israel and develop their Hebrew or Arabic skills. The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum which enables students to choose courses from different fields and disciplines primarily within the Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to learning Hebrew and/or Arabic language. The specialized Psychology Honors Program and Peace and Conflict Studies Honors Program offer unique opportunities for serious students to combine focused coursework in these areas with practical research and internship projects. Students who do not want to apply to these special Honors programs may choose to combine intensive language courses with elective courses in a variety of subjects. All courses are taught by faculty from the various departments at the University of Haifa and include subjects such as Anthropology and Sociology, Business and Economics, Communications, Political Science and International Relations, Israel and Middle East Studies, Religious and Jewish Studies, Literature and History, Psychology, Peace & Conflict Studies, and Law.Psychology Honors Program:This program requires additional application materials designed to select a small cohort of students with a background in Psychology and a clear focus that will allow them to work together with faculty and students on a variety of research projects. The program requires students to enroll in a core seminar that covers a broad range of research questions in psychology as applied to Israel and the Middle East. In addition, each student is required to participate in a research project with a University of Haifa faculty member. This mentored research project is arranged prior to the start of the semester. The University adheres carefully to IRB standards and policies, and students are required to complete an on-line training course in research ethics prior to engaging in any projects that involve human or animal subject research. In addition to these two required courses, students take one additional Psychology elective and either intensive Hebrew or Arabic.Peace and Conflict Studies Honors Program:This interdisciplinary program requires additional application materials designed to select a small cohort of students who demonstrate a clear motivation to participate in this highly specialized and interactive program. The program focuses on cultural, economic, educational historical, political, psychological, religious, and social aspects of conflict resolution and peace efforts and examines issues from Intra-State (Israel), regional, and international perspectives. The program requires participants to enroll in a core seminar that offers students a multifaceted look at these perspectives. In addition, students take either intensive Hebrew or Arabic and two additional courses related to Peace and Conflict Studies. 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 10 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.Academic Culture At the University of Haifa, CIEE students enroll in International School courses alongside Israeli and other international students. Students typically enroll in a total of 15-16 semester credits. Classes are held Monday-Thursday, and several weekends each semester are used for CIEE and University of Haifa excursions and activities.Language EnvironmentStudents are expected to invest a serious amount of time in rigorous language study and use their language skills in everyday life with Israeli students as well as in on- and off-campus activities. The area studies courses are taught in English, but students are encouraged to use their Hebrew and/or Arabic in their interactions with peers and faculty on the University of Haifa campus and during conversations with locals in Haifa.Nature of ClassesStudents enroll in University of Haifa International School courses with CIEE, international, and Israeli students. Students with advanced Hebrew skills may, with permission, enroll in regular University of Haifa courses.Grading System Final grades (A-F with pluses and minuses, based on the scale of 100) are assigned based on class participation, papers, mid-term and final exams. Class attendance is mandatory in all classes. The Peace and Conflict Studies Internship course requires approximately 10+ hours of field work per week, weekly written reports, and a final internship paper. Students in the Honors Psychology program typically participate in mentored-research activities for upwards of 15 hours per week.Language of InstructionEnglish, Hebrew, ArabicFacultyAll courses are taught by University of Haifa faculty.