CIEE International Relations in Haifa, Israel

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In 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

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based on 4 reviews
  • Academics 9.3
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.8
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Haifa, Israel Study Abroad Experience

I loved studying abroad in Israel, of all the study abroad programs I have been in, this is definitely the best one. I had so much support in Israel from CIEE, we also had many trips both from the university of Haifa and from CIEE that I never felt unsafe or like I had no one to ask for advice. I also can say that even though we always had support from Martha (CIEE advisor in Israel), I never felt restricted or limited to explore the country and the culture. I definitely recommend anyone that would like to have a different experience to go to Israel with this program. I made amazing friends, learned a lot from the culture, country, history, society and I also learned a lot about myself in the time I spent there. I also have to say that Israel is probably the country where I have felt the safest from all the countries I have lived in. You will have a lot of fun here and learn a lot from the region. Studying abroad in Israel is different than studying abroad anywhere else. If you like to go out of your comfort zone, go to Israel, you won't regret it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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A New Outlook

This program was truly life-changing! As a dual citizen, I had been to the country many times before but no trip left an impact as much as this one did. While in Haifa I got to experience a whole new side to Israel. I lived and studied at the gorgeous campus location and I had an internship down in the city. Learning to live on my own while across the globe was an absolutely incredible experience! The staff at the university and in CIEE were such a great support system and helped me with any question I had, even something as simple as "where should I go grocery shopping?". I made lifelong friends and memories and am eternally grateful that I chose to study abroad in Haifa, Israel! 100% recommend this program and everything that comes with it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Wow what a wonderful experience. Almost two years later, I still think about my study abroad experience every day. My experience in CIEE was wonderful. I took the Peace & Conflict program through CIEE which was located at the University of Haifa. CIEE added much to the study abroad experience. Not only were the classes dense and full of great material that fit my major, but through the program I was also given opportunities to experience going river rafting, explore new cities, practice my Hebrew, talk about conflicts of Israel, and see ancient sites dating back to thousands of years ago. If you are on the fence about going to Israel, I recommend taking the leap and just doing it. I never once felt unsafe, in harm, nor did I ever feel that the program inhibited my ability to explore on my own. The staff are all very helpful, the course material is all very interesting, and the view of Haifa (and the whole north of Israel) from the university is stunning. I 100% recommend going.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Most Amazing Experience

This Study Abroad Program was the most amazing experience I have ever had. CIEE welcomes you warmly to the country with amazing staff and immediately makes you feel comfortable and at home. Traveling to the Middle East can be a little stressful, but once I stepped off the plane at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, I was met by the program leader, who without a doubt was the sweetest person I have ever met. Any sense of uneasiness I had been feeling was immediately gone and replaced with excitement. CIEE gives you opportunities to travel and learn the history and cultures of the country. University of Haifa also gives you opportunities to travel with planned weekend excursions. If you are planning to travel around the country independently, the train is the best (and my favorite) way to get around. The train ride to Tel Aviv from Haifa was around an hour and a half and is best done as a weekend trip. Also purchase a bus pass (rav kav) so you don't have to search for coins or awkwardly hand the bus driver a large bill and wait for change every time you want to go somewhere. Rav kavs also make it so you don't have to pay twice if you get off and back on within an hour and a half period.
Also, eat your way through this country. I promise it will not disappoint.
The people you meet on this program are so incredibly special. I cannot express how much I loved this program. I hope that everyone who goes has an equally amazing experience.

Yes, I recommend this program

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