Israel has many outstanding universities with academic programs for international students. Courses are conducted in English, with the opportunity to attend courses taught in Hebrew if you are proficient in Hebrew. You are also able to study Hebrew or Arabic language as part of the study abroad curriculum. Three universities are currently part of the UC Education Abroad program. Below are brief descriptions with links to the EAP website.
Ben-Gurion University is a leader in sustainable development, environmental studies, global health, and Israel studies. It is the #1 university choice for Israeli undergraduate students. You will have access to the Center for Bedouin Studies and to the archives of David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel. The university enrolls almost 20,000 students and is located in Beersheva, a multi-cultural city in the heart of the Negev desert, only one hour from Tel Aviv.
The Neubauer American Study Abroad Semester includes an internship plus academic course work and extracurricular activities in one of three tracks: Engineering and Science; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Pre-Med/Pre-Health. UCEAP students can take courses from more than one track and can choose from additional courses in history, archaeology, and basic Hebrew for a truly customized learning experience. The campus, located on Mount Carmel, is nearly as large as a small city, with stunning views.
The EAP program in Israel offers you a window into the cultural, social, and scientific life of a country whose importance far transcends its size. This is an exceptional opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges of the current Middle East peace process while living and learning in the historic setting in which Judaism, Christianity, and Islam emerged. Well known for its holy sites and tourist attractions, Jerusalem is a melding of ancient roots and modern innovations. The city is a thriving metropolis rich in art galleries, museums, and theaters as well as cafes, pubs, and dance clubs. Exciting festivals, exhibitions, international conferences, sports competitions, and many other special events are held throughout the year.
Scholarships for Study Abroad in Israel
Several scholarships sponsored by the Nazarian Center are available to support study in Israel:
Mudie-Glaser Scholarship for Study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Harry C. Sigman Scholarship for Study in Israel (Various Universities)
Read about Marisol Fernandez's ('16) studies at the University of Haifa and her exploration of the country's diversity, Elizabeth Ho's ('17) intensive Hebrew program at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and Valerie Braaten's ('16) dance, Hebrew and philosophy studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.