November 22, 2016

CSU offers study abroad program in Israel

Cleveland State University is offering 20 lucky students the chance to explore the culture of the Middle East and earn credit toward their degree through the Center for International Services and Programs’ trip to Israel in May 2017.

Julie Good, the manager of Education Aboard for the center, said that Cleveland State ultimately decided on Israel because of its new leadership in innovation.

“We chose to offer this faculty-led study abroad program because of the richness and importance of the culture, politics and business of the Middle East in the global economy,” Good said. “We specifically chose Israel because of its innovation prowess, which is one of the major themes for this course/program.  Israel is ranked as the number three most innovative country in the world in the most recent Global Competitiveness Report.”

The trip, which is scheduled to last 11 nights, will span the course of three cities that are rich with history and culture, according to Good.

“Cultural excursions are planned to Jerusalem, the castle and market of Acco, the world-class Roman archeological site of Cesearea, the beaches of Haifa, historic Masada, the Dead Sea and to a Bedouin camp exploring the nomadic lifestyle. The program will spend five nights in Haifa, three nights in Beer Sheva and three nights in Jerusalem,” Good said.

The program will offer students a chance to earn three credit hours depending on their college, but is open to students of all majors, according to Good.

“Participants who are accepted on the course will be required to enroll a Spring 2017, three-credit course depending on their college. Business undergraduates enroll in INB 491; business graduate students enroll in MKT 696.  All other majors will enroll in UST 493; graduate urban affairs students enroll in UST 593,” Good said.  “For this program, students need an open attitude and willingness to learn. From the practical side, they need some money to pay for food and souvenirs as well as a valid passport.”

The Center for International Services and programs extended the deadline to apply from Nov. 10 to Nov. 28 so students would have a chance to discuss it with their family over the holiday break, Good said.

Information for the trip to Israel or other upcoming trips can be found on the Center for International Services and Programs’ website,


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