CUNY Program Study in Israel
The CUNY Study in Israel (PSI) program is administered through Brooklyn College. Through this program, you will gain international experience in the Middle East while completing academic course work for your degree. You can study a broad range of subjects in one of these five Israeli institutions for the Fall or Spring semester, or for a full year:
- Bar Ilan University
- Ben Gurion University of the Negev
- Haifa University
- Hebrew University
- Tel Aviv University
Students can choose from a wide range of courses offered in English for visiting foreign students. Depending on the institution, course work is available in archaeology, the arts, Arabic language, global health, Israeli culture and customs, Jewish history and traditions, Middle Eastern history, music, performing arts, political science, pre-medicine, psychology, religious studies and sustainability, among many other courses. Courses in English may be found at some institutions within the regular university curriculum as well. Students with a high level of Hebrew may also register for courses taught in Hebrew within the regular university curriculum. Credits earned can be applied to the student's transcript with departmental approval. Study for fall, spring or summer terms may be preceded by an intensive Hebrew language study course (Ulpan), which some institutions require.
The program is open to all Brooklyn College, CUNY and non-CUNY students.
The beginning date of fall classes varies depending on the Jewish calendar and fall holidays. Generally, a student might study in the Ulpan in late July through early September or early September into October, break for the holidays, and begin fall classes in mid-October, which continue through the end of December or early January. Spring term begins with the winter Ulpan in late January with spring courses beginning in late February.
Estimated costs for a 2013–14 semester of study (airfare, housing, meals, personal expenses, tuition, Ulpan) is estimated between $15,000 and $17,000. Students pay the tuition and housing costs of the host institution at which they will study in the following manner:
- Students will be billed CUNY tuition upon registration for the program by IEGE office at Brooklyn College.
- This amount is then subtracted from the tuition charged by the host institution.
- The remaining host institution tuition balance and housing costs is billed directly to the student by the host Israeli institution.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
A variety of funding sources are available through both Brooklyn College and the host institution. Brooklyn College students may, for example, apply for SASA, and Tow and Furman scholarships, or use their Opportunity Grants and Macaulay funds. Jewish students will want to explore opportunities offered by Masa. National scholarships such as the Gilman and the Boren are excellent choices, particularly for those who plan to take courses in Arabic language and Middle Eastern studies. Note that most financial aid can be applied to semester study abroad progrms.
How to Apply
Students apply through the Office of International Education and Global Engagement at Brooklyn College. CUNY students not currently registered at Brooklyn College must file an e-permit at their home institution for study abroad in Israel through Brooklyn College. Students outside of CUNY may also apply to study in Israel through Brooklyn College by applying to Brooklyn College as a visiting student. Students complete two applications — an online application for the Israeli institution (offices in Manhattan) at which they plan to study (see above links), and one for the IEGE, Brooklyn College. Once the applicant has obtained admission from the Israeli institution of choice, the student provides a copy of the admission letter to the IEGE office at Brooklyn College and will be registered by IEGE for the term desired. Registration through Brooklyn College's IEGE enables a more transparent, easier transfer of credit and facilitates the use of financial aid for study abroad.
Deadlines for both Brooklyn College and Israeli universities are as follows: April 15 (some later) for fall term; Nov. 15 for spring and winter terms.
Students will live in residence halls with Israeli students or with other international students, depending on the institution. Off campus living may also be an option.
Host institutions offer volunteer experiences, internships and research opportunities to visiting students. Campuses have an active club life and extracurricular opportunities to make friends.
Ben Gurion University
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program
1430 Broadway, 8th floor
New York, NY 10018
P: 800.962.2248 or 212.687.7721, extension 182
Rothburg International School
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Lisa Schulman, Acting Director, Overseas Academic Affairs
One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10004-1405
P: 800.404.8622 or 212.607.8520
University of Haifa
Director of Admissions
International School, University of Haifa