The Gospel started from Jerusalem, went through Judea and Samaria and came finally to you. Now you can go back and discover a colorful place that most people just hear about.
You know Israel, right? You saw it on the news, you read about it in magazines and perhaps you’ve already made up your mind about this nation …
But come here and think again! Israel is more. I promise. Israel is: Start-Up – look at your USB-stick. Where was it invented? … Unique – see a stunning desert and coral reefs the same day as snow. … Paradoxical – extreme religious people living next to each other with secular.
Yes, Israel raises questions: How can democracy be lived in a multi-ethnic state? How can a country provide more and more water for its people when there is actually less and less available? How do young Israelis today life their faith? How is the Jewish Jesus seen today, 2000 years after he started His world changing movement?
Universities offer special programs for students from abroad to take an academic look into those topics. You’ll ask challenging questions - and you’ll get challenging answers. Use your time here to connect with locals (religious Jewish people, atheistic Jewish people, Arabs, Bedouins, …) and you’ll see how your initial view of people and culture changes day by day.
“Study Abroad” is offered by several universities throughout Israel. You can study for as few as 4 weeks or up to one year and collect credit for your studies. Check out for example …
Beer Sheva (Beersheba)
Beer Sheva is a city with a rich history. It was here that Abraham made a contract with Abimelech for his well (“well” = “be’er” in Hebrew), Isaac built an altar to the Lord, and Jacob had his vision of a stairway to heaven also here.
Today, Beer Sheva is the largest city in the Negev desert. Ben-Gurion University helps the city to reach its goal to become the new Silicon Valley in The Middle East. This does not mean that the focus is only on high-tech but also for instance on social and environmental topics. It features a great campus where you can connect with other students and is well regarded for its Medical School for International Health.
Haifa is a unique city in Israel, located on Mount Carmel, the site of Elijah’s showdown with the prophets of Baal, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It is seen as the working city in Israel. Here you can find high-tech companies like Intel and Google as well as the biggest shipping port in the country. But Haifa is more than just industry. Here you’ll find an eclectic mix of people all living in the same city, from religious and secular Jewish people to Muslim and Christian Arabs. Are you studying science or engineering? Consider going to the Technion, the oldest university in Israel and a very highly rated science and technology institution.
Are you interested in studying social sciences or learning about cultural issues in Israel and the Middle East? Consider the University of Haifa, located high atop Mount Carmel.
Other cities: Jerusalem (the Center), Tel Aviv (the Metropolis)
This depends on the university. For example:
The fall semester typically begins in late September or early October and finishes in January or February. The spring semester begins in late February/early March and ends in June.
When you are coming you see more than just your international friends in your program. In addition to the steps you take to connect with them, you connect with local students and believers. You think of how you can spend time with locals to get a much deeper understanding than only the one provided by the lectures and field trips. Israelis like to connect with internationals! Your new relationships last longer than just one evening in a pub (but can start with it). You’ll see that religious topics are nothing strange here. God will use them to open up your and also your new friends horizon to his amazing love that is pretty unknown in Israel.
Where most of the other students are – in the dorms near to the university.
Most Israeli students at university can converse in English at a reasonable level and they are often eager to improve their language skills. That means that you can help them learn English better as they help you learn Hebrew better.
Check the universities’ websites. You’ll find the cost of tuition and housing there.
If you join an “overseas student program” more will be included (all the trips, special activities, etc.).
If you come as an exchange student, you only pay your semester fees from back home + for the housing. Trips, etc. have to be paid additionally (if you want to join).
In many cases scholarships are offered to study abroad. You can also ask your own university for those.
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