Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in Israel

Spring 2017 Course
Travel Component from May 18- 29, 2017


Financial Aid


Offered jointly by the Monte Ahuja College of Business and the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, this 3-credit spring 2017 semester course has a travel component to Israel from May 18-29, 2017.  Students will study and then visit companies, real estate firms and agricultural innovators, as well as sites of world cultural interest in Israel.

Program Overview

This field-based course enables students to observe international environments and study, first-hand, successful companies and competitive industries operating in the Middle East. Tied with the U.S. as the 3rd most innovative nation in the world, the course will feature visits to high-tech industries doing business in Israel.  Company tours while in Israel will include Intel Corporation, “an American multinational technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California.  Intel is one of the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip makers, based on revenue.”  Additional company tours will include those operating in the Israeli high-tech agricultural industry as well as its real estate markets.

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 a look at Bedouin nomad lifestyle.

Academic Program

Participants who are accepted on the course will be required to enroll a Spring 2017,  3-credit course depending on their College.  Business undergraduates enroll in INB 491; Business graduate students enroll in MKT 696.  Urban Affairs undergraduates enroll in UST 493; graduate Urban Affairs students enroll in UST 593. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. In addition to the travel in May 2017, all participants must attend five mandatory class meetings throughout the spring semester held on Thursday evenings from 4-7pm, as well as one post-trip meeting. The semester meetings will take place on January 19, February 16, March 23, April 13, and May 11.  In between the class meetings students will read, discuss (on-line) and write brief papers on course content. The post-travel class will held on a Thursday night in the month of June. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory and final grades will be impacted if any class sessions are missed. Please see the contact details below to request a syllabus.

The course INB 491, meets the experiential requirement for undergraduate business students majoring in International Business.


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 but no EMBA, GAMBA, Mobile-MBA, etc applications please.

Program Fee

The estimated program fee is $2,999*. 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 Spring 2017.

Billing and Payments

The $2,999 program fee is broken down into 2 payments:

  • $250 payment due with application (see application for instructions below on how to make this payment).
  • $2,749 Remaining program fee will be due on January 23.
  • 3-credits of tuition due at Spring 2017 tuition payment deadline.
If program fees are not paid in full by Jan 23, 2017 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 spring 2017 through their CampusNet account. Enrollment in the BPP  before the payment due of Jan 23 signifies a student's commitment to paying for the program fee in a timely manner.  Making BBP payments tpwards the program fee after the Jan 23 payment deadline is completely acceptable. Budget payment plans are set up with 4 pays (if enrolled by January 9th) or 3 pays (if enrolled by February 2th). 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 Spring 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 Spring semester class is November 15.

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 January 2018 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 EXTENDED DECEMBER 12TH 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 (MC 115).

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.


Business Students: Prof. Christine Dickinson
BU 451 (216) 687-3682

Urban Students: Dr. Robert Simons
UR 223 (216) 687-5258

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 (MC 412).