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Israel: International Relations, Psychology and Peace and Conflict (CIEE)


Brenda Tooley

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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In a country as complex as Israel, why settle for a single perspective? On the university campus in Haifa, one of Israel's most progressive cities, you'll engage in an in-depth and balanced exploration of regional tensions, conflicts, and pertinent issues with one of the most diverse student bodies of any university in the country. Daily interactions with local students, internships, and excursions combined with academic study help you carve out a deep, firsthand understanding of the region you won't find elsewhere. 

Study abroad in Haifa and you'll:

  • Take part in a unique combination of academic coursework, daily interaction with local students, community engagement opportunities, and many field trips and excursions
  • Interact with experts in international relations, psychology, and peace and conflict studies
  • Have access to special honors programs in peace and conflict studies and a special track in psychology
  • Study at a leading university with cutting-edge research centers located in a city known for its ethnic and religious diversity
  • Choose to study Hebrew or Arabic, offered at various levels, including beginner.

Get ready for an immersive exploration of issues involving international relations, psychology, Middle Eastern studies, and peace and conflict studies. Just a few of the courses you can choose from include:

  • Arab-Israel Relations
  • Refugees' Mental Health: Global and Local Perspectives, 
  • Terrorism and Responses
  • Contemporary Arab Thought and Culture
  • Islamic Fundamentalism in the Arab World

Language study is critical to any serious international development program. A knowledge of native languages facilities communication, promotes understanding, and prevents misapprehensions that obstruct the path to diplomacy. With CIEE, you'll choose between Hebrew and Arabic courses for beginner through advanced. Even true beginners in either language will learn how to interact with peers and members of the community, from daily greetings to asking for directions and reading basic texts such as restaurant menus. You'll then practice your new skills with your local roommates in the residence halls.

CIEE offers internship opportunities in this program. Put your knowledge of international relations, psychology or peace and conflict studies to work, and gain valuable hands-on experience in the process with a for-credit internship. Possible agencies and organizations include Isha L'isha (Haifa Feminist Center), House of Grace (halfway house for released prisoners), Center for Battered Women, government social agencies, public and special education facilities, health services, and local museums and community centers.

Learn more about the CIEE Israel: International Relations, Psychology and Peace and Conflict program

Credits:  4.5 for a semester (fall or spring ) or 9 for the year

Advisor: Professor James Thrall

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