Arabic, Art, Art (Studio), Communications, Comparative Literature, Economics, Hebrew, History, International Relations, International Security/Conflict, International/Global Studies, Jewish Studies, Liberal Studies, Literature, Middle East Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
GPA cannot be waived.
CSU IP Israel
Program At A Glance
When: Early October to early June
Units: Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP Israel as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA required; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by fall term of the program start date.
Course Prerequisites: One college-level course with a focus on contemporary Middle Eastern studies (history, politics, geography, religion, humanities, etc.) is recommended.
The University of Haifa, established in 1972, has a diverse student population of over 18,000. CSU IP students study at the International School which is an interdisciplinary department within the University of Haifa. The International School offers courses in English in subject areas such history, Jewish studies, literature, Middle Eastern studies, peace and conflict studies, political science and psychology. In addition to the courses taught in English, students with sufficient Hebrew language skills can also take courses in other departments of the university.
The university offers Hebrew and Arabic language courses, and CSU students must take at least one Hebrew or Arabic language course each semester. Instruction is offered at all levels to accommodate students from beginner to advanced language levels. Students take a placement exam upon arrival to determine their level.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.
Haifa is the largest city in Northern Israel and the third largest city in the country. The city serves as a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa. Haifa is Israel’s largest high tech center with companies such as Google, Intel, Cisco and Qualcomm having offices there, and IBM has its headquarters on the University of Haifa campus. The University of Haifa campus spreads along the Carmel Mountain ridge and is surrounded by the Carmel National Park. Haifa is located 56 miles north of Tel Aviv, which can be easily reached in about 50 minutes by train.
Housing is arranged prior to arrival in Israel by the University of Haifa. All students live in on-campus dormitories. Each dormitory apartment houses six students in either double or single bedrooms, with a shared kitchen and living space. Israeli and international students live in the dorms, allowing CSU students the opportunity to meet local students and have a more complete Israeli experience.