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Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented growth of scholarly interest in Israeli history, politics, society and culture. Numerous programs, research centers and chair endowments in Israel Studies have been established in North America and Europe, adding a new, fresh and innovative dimension to existing programs in Judaic Studies. The Israel Studies Department at the University of Haifa, known for its academic excellence, has developed a challenging, interdisciplinary course of study. The Israel Studies program is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the experiences of the Israeli population from a wide perspective, and see them against the larger backdrop of twentieth-century Jewish history, Middle Eastern politics and society.

Taught in English over three semesters, the program will examine Israeli society from a variety of perspectives, including aliyah and migration, economics, politics, culture, religion, and the ties between Israel and Jewish communities abroad.
 
The multidisciplinary curriculum will include courses in history, international relations, sociology, political science and religious studies, in addition to weekly meetings with representatives from different sectors of Israeli society.  

The annual field campus is the highlight of the Israel Studies program at the University of Haifa. Students, together with academic program staff, will spend three days and two nights in one of the country's most historically rich regions exploring the areas' complexities from the past and present. Students will meet public figures and Israeli citizens with the aim to develop dialogue and familiarity with Israeli society.
 
Why Study in Haifa?

The University of Haifa is one of Israel's seven research universities, the largest in the north. It is a microcosm of Israeli society dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility.

The University of Haifa is the perfect place to be exploring the history of the State
of Israel, Israeli society and the Jewish Diaspora. The campus is a living laboratory where Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouin and Bahá'ís study side by side. Students will experience a dynamic, cultural mosaic where students of all ethnic backgrounds encounter and engage, becoming acquainted with each other and, even when disagreeing, learn to understand and respect each other. In this setting, students will experience the relevant issues of a multicultural, multiethnic society.

Studies at the University of Haifa consist of both demanding academics, as well as social and cultural opportunities. An academic advisor will guide you during your studies and will respond to all academic issues. The experienced and professional staff at the International School will guide you through any bureaucratic challenges as well as provide a range of social and cultural events on campus.

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