CSU in Israel

Fall 2019
Travel Component from December 29- January 8, 2020

Financial Aid


This short-term faculty-led study abroad prorgam offered through the Levin College of Urban Affairs provides students with the opportunity to benefit from a curriculum focused on economic development in the automation and innovation sectors, sustainable agriculture, governmental regulatory issues, social justice of minority peoples (social justice issues related to Bedouin land claims in the Negev Desert), and urban development/international real estate markets. Students will travel to key business centers and universities of Israel, meet with academic and company leaders and visit cultural centers representing the rich and complex history and development of Israel.

Cultural excursions are planned to Jerusalem, the castle and market of Akko, the world-class Roman archeological site of Cesearea, the beaches of Haifa, historic Masada, the Dead Sea and a look at Bedouin nomad lifestyle.

Academic Program

This course with a travel component is a field-based course which provides students with the opportunity to learn about  Middle Eastern cultures, global industries, and business practices, and to visit companies in several global sectors operating within the Israeli business community, focusing on the agricultural and hi-tech fields, including the technology underlying driverless cars. It is intended to broaden a student’s awareness of a nation’s role in promoting international economic development, real estate markets and regulatory climates. It will also provide an understanding of the economic, political and cultural aspects of doing business in Israel and around the world.

Participants are required to enroll in a 3 credit Field Studies course. Undergraduates enroll in UST 493; graduate students enroll in UST 593. This course serves as an elective for Bachelors of Urban Studies and Masters of Urban Studies, Planning and Development, or Public Administration degree seeking students. The course is also open to other majors, including business students, as an elective. Alumnae auditors are also acceptable, space permitting.

The course includes the international component with company tours in late December/ January 2020, as well as five mandatory class meetings throughout the Fall 19 semester on

  • August 29, 4-6 p.m.,
  • September 22, 4-7 p.m.,
  • October 13, 4-7 p.m.,
  • November 17, 4-7 p.m. 
  • December 8, 4-7 p.m.

In these classes students will be split into teams and jointly prepare industry and company research. Students will be graded on participation in-class in general topic discussions and, and in-country interviews in a university setting. Finally, students are expected to post a daily trip log while in-country, and must prepare a power point presentation on their experience.  


Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)

December 29 – Group departure from Cleveland to Tel Aviv

December 30 – Arrival in Tel Aviv, bus charter to Haifa, check in at hotel, afternoon walking tour with Dr. Simons, Ba’hai, drive up Marcaz HaCarmel

December 31 – Morning visit to Akko Crusader Fort, lunch in Akko, visit to the Shuk, afternoon Rosh Ha Nikra tour, evening dinner near hotel

January 1 – Morning visit to Intel Corp, Technion University tours, free time for lunch, free evening

January 2 – Checkout of Haifa hotel, bus transportation to Tel Aviv, morning visit to Caeserea Martina, lunch at Café Nitza, real estate tour with Mark Verstandig, afternoon tour of Tel Aviv University, evening check-in to Jerusalem hotel, evening walk to the western wall

January 3 – morning visit to Yad Vashem, free time for lunch, afternoon whiskey distillery tour, free time for dinner, evening walk to shuk Mahane Yehuda

January 4 – Full day of cultural visits: Church of Holy Sepulcher, Mt. Olives, City of David, free time for lunch and dinner

January 5 – morning visit to Hebrew University, lunch in HU cafeteria, Real Estate walking tour with Danny Felsenstein, free evening

January 6 – very early morning check-out of hotel and departure, morning visit to Masada National Park, afternoon for lunch and visit/swim in the Dead Sea, evening check-in to hotel, dinner included at hotel

January 7 – morning and afternoon visit to Ben Gurion University, free afternoon and evening to be used to catch up on journal posts and explore the Kibbutz

January 8 – Check out of hotel, morning visit to Ramat Agricultural Station, lunch with Bedouins, afternoon Tel Beer Sheva archeological tour, check in to new Tel Aviv Hotel, free evening to explore Tel Aviv

January 9 – early check out of hotel, travel to airport for departure back to Cleveland


Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. At the time of application, the applicant must have completed at least two semesters at CSU if a first-year student or at least one semester if a transfer or graduate student. The applicant must not have any CSU financial holds and no unresolved infractions against the CSU Student Code of Conduct which would prevent successful participation on the international course. Applications will be reviewed in order of submission. Application review begins after the deadline has passed. Twenty enrolled participants are required for this program.  As part of the application process, students need to be in possession of a valid passport or have their passport application in-process. Open to any major.

Program Fee

The estimated program fee is $3,999* for the first ten applicants: This includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Cleveland to Tel Aviv
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions, company visits, and entrance fees 
  • Local guide and translator

The cost does not include CSU tuition for the required 3-credit course, $350-$450 for meals, shopping, and sightseeing not included in the program fee. Individual spending habits can vary greatly and this is only an estimate of the out-of-pocket expenses that students must plan for. Additionally, students are personally responsible for passport fees, any visa fees and health insurance with international coverage. To view the current tuition rates, please visit the Office of Treasury Services. *The program fee may change due to increases in airfare and/or the exchange rate.

The tuition for the required 3-credit course for CSU in Israel may fall in the "tuition band" for Fall 2019.

Billing and Payments

The $3,999 program fee is broken down into 2 payments (first 10 applicants):

  • $250 payment due with application (see application for instructions below on how to make this payment).
  • $3,749 Remaining program fee will be due on August 26 .
  • 3-credits of tuition due at Fall 2019 tuition payment deadline.
If program fees are not paid in full by Aug 26, 2019 students may be removed from the program but still maintain responsibility for the fee.
Alternatively, students may enroll in a budget payment plan (BPP) for Fall 2019 through their CampusNet account. Enrollment in the BPP  before the payment due of Aug 26 signifies a student's commitment to paying for the program fee in a timely manner.  Making BBP payments tpwards the program fee after the Aug 26 payment deadline is completely acceptable. Budget payment plans are set up with 4 pays 3 pays. At the time of enrollment in a BPP 25% or 33% (first pay) is due. Please contact the Office of Treasury Services if you have questions at or 216.687.5411.

Financial Aid

Students may use Fall semester financial aid to pay for the remaining program fee after their initial deposit is paid with the application.

If you have any questions about using financial aid toward the study abroad costs, please contact the Center for International Services and Programs or a financial aid Specialist in All-in-One Enrollment Services/Campus 411 located in MC 116.


The Center for International Services and Programs offers a scholarship to qualifying students on faculty-led programs. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Education Abroad Scholarship.  Note: the scholarship deadline for a Fall semester class is May 1.

Passports/ Visas

If you are not a United States citizen (even if you are a Permanent Resident), you may need a visa to enter Israel. If you have any questions regarding entrance visas, please contact the Center for International Services and Programs. Everyone will need to have a valid passport that does not expire before July 2020 in order to travel abroad on this program.


The CSU in Israel program application and non-refundable $250 deposit are due no later than THE DEADLINE, to be considered for acceptance.  The application must be completed on-line through the link below. $250 non-refundable deposits may also be made on-line through the link below; note: deposits are non-refundable. The deposit counts towards the program fee and is only refunded in the event that a student is not accepted or the program is canceled due to lack of applications.   This refund is only available in the form of a credit to the applicant's CSU financial account.


Pay non-refundable $250 deposit NOW      (select radio button: CISP - Faculty-Led Program Abroad Non-refundable Deposit)

Please contact the Center for International Services and Programs if you need the account code to make the deposit payment in person at the Cashier's Office (BH 116).

Note on acceptance and withdrawals

Once emailed as an accepted participant on a CSU faculty-led study abroad program, a student becomes financially and academically responsible to the group and the University.  The remaining program fee (minus the application deposit) is assessed to each participant's CSU student account, accessible through CampusNet and becomes irreversible.  There are no voluntary withdrawals, as each student is needed to make up a group and cover the program expenses. 

Once admitted on a faculty-led program, there will no refund of any of any kind for a withdrawal.  Expenses begin being paid out on behalf of the group as soon as a program is considered a "go" and the application decisions are announced.  If an applicant is unsure about making a financial and/or academic commitment to a faculty-led program, doubts should be cleared up prior to submitting an application.


: Dr. Robert Simons
UR 223
(216) 687-5258
Professor, Levin College of Urban Affairs

General questions about financial aid, passports, billing, registration, etc. should be sent to Julie Good, Manager of Education Abroad at the Center for International Services and Programs (BH 412).