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  • Locations: Haifa, Israel; Jerusalem, Israel; Nazareth, Israel; Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 01/20/2019
Rolling Admission 05/03/2019 05/12/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Eligibility Restrictions: University Honors Program Students Only Minimum GPA: 3.2
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Mark Raider Program Advisor: Matthew Paul, Neil Choudhury
Program Description:

Program Overview

Jerusalem skyline

This course investigates the history and culture of Israeli society since the establishment of the state in 1948 until the present. We will pay close attention to the dynamism, swift growth, and heterogeneity of Israeli society in all its diversity and complexity. We will also consider Israel’s place in the global geopolitical landscape. The main ethnic/cultural divisions and ideological/political tensions in Israeli society will be examined – Jews and Arabs, Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews, religion and secularism, newcomers and veterans, right and left – as well as a variety of ongoing sociopolitical challenges including minority rights, civil rights, gender equality, environmentalism, Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations, and so forth. The course is divided into two sections. First, we will examine the social, cultural, and political landscape of Israel through an academic lens. In order to enrich and deepen the learning experience, we will study a variety of texts (analytic literature, primary sources, newspapers, and films). Second, we will explore the mindset of contemporary Israeli society by digging deeply into three notable works of fiction. At the conclusion of the semester, students will have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad trip to Israel (see below). There are no prerequisites for this class and no prior knowledge of the subject matter is presumed.

At the conclusion of the semester, students will have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad trip to Israel. Hosted by Haifa University and Oranim College of Education, both of which are located in northern Israel, the seminar will be organized as an immersive learning experience that emphasizes exposure to Israeli innovations in the sciences (environmentalism, medical science, social work, high tech, etc.), education (public and private schools, Jewish-Arab coexistence schools, kibbutz schools, informal education/youth movements, etc.), and the arts (visual arts, theatre, music, dance, etc.). The ongoing class experience will include encounters with Israeli Jewish and Arab college students, guest lectures by high-profile figures/thought leaders, and some traveling/sightseeing. 

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Port of Haifa
At the end of the 2019 spring semester the class will take a mandatory study tour to Israel and will spend the majority of the time in the northern port city of Haifa. Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and as well as being a major sea port is also a center for tech, heavy industry, petroleum and chemical processing. Haifa is considered a relative haven for coexistence between Jews and Arabs and is the location of two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa and the Technion. 

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Who Can Participate?

Jerusalem market
Applications for this seminar will open on August 1, 2018 and will be due on Monday October 15, 2018. An interview with the faculty may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 20 students.

UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.2 or above and are enrolled full-time at UC (i.e. for at least 12 credit hours in the spring 2019 semester). Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. Although priority is given to University Honors students, we are often able to offer spaces to other students as well.

Course Expectations
Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.

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Academic Program and Course Information

Microsoft Israel

All students in this program are required to enroll in HIST3110 Israel Today: Start-up Nation for 3 credits for the spring semester.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Jewish quarter
Dr. Mark A. Raider is Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati and Director of the University’s Center for Studies in Jewish Education and Culture. He is also Visiting Professor of American Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Dr. Raider earned his BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1988 and his Master's and PhD degrees at Brandeis University in 1993 and 1996 respectively. He also studied at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before joining the University of Cincinnati, he was the Founding Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York from 2000 to 2006. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Director of the Posen Foundation Education Project, a countrywide interdisciplinary teacher education initiative focused on American middle school and high school teachers interested in Jewish history, culture, and literature.

Dr. Raider teaches a wide variety of courses on U.S. history, American culture, the American Jewish experience, modern Jewish history, and Zionism and Israel. He also teaches graduate courses on thematic topics and effective pedagogy.

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Living Arrangements

Tel Aviv

Students and faculty will be staying at local hotels (TBD) while in Israel.  

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Getting There

Golan Heights

On May 2, 2019 the group will depart from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport for Tel Aviv, Israel. From there the group will take ground transportation to Haifa and various other sites. On May 12, 2019 the group will depart for Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport from Tel Aviv. 

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Program Costs

Port of Haifa at night

2019 Program Cost: $4900 

Included in Program Cost:
  • Airfare and transfers
  • Accommodations
  • CISI insurance
  • Breakfasts at hotel
  • Group museum admission tickets/passes
  • Guides
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Personal meals
  • Baggage fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal ground transportation
  • Souvenirs
  • Visas
The program fee for this study tour is $4900. However, this program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only) and a $1000 University Honors Grant. This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $3300. 

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.


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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $500,000 in student grants last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Please contact Neil Choudhury for any questions not answered from the above information. 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.