Sunday, January 27, 2008

Study Abroad Fair next Friday and information on Haifa

Friday February 1, 11 am-3 pm, William Pitt Union, Ballroom and Assembly Room.

Carmia Bitzan, Admissions Assistant of the International School of the University of Haifa in Israel, wrote to me and said she will be at the fair and would like to meet with Religious Studies students. The International School in Haifa has programs for summer, semester, and year-long study. They offer courses in in Judaism, Religion, Middle Eastern Studies, Contemporary Israel, and more, plus honors programs, including an Honors Program in Jewish Culture and Civilizations as well as Peace & Conflict Studies. You can write her at or meet her at the fair for more information.

I have spent a little time in Haifa and can say that it is a fascinating city, with beautiful views, and interesting religious and ethnic diversity. In addition to the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim populations, Haifa is home to Bahai headquarters as well. The university there is the most multicultural in Israel and is one of the major research centres as well. Haifa is also home to the Technion, Israel's version of MIT (or CMU?). If you are interested in study abroad in Israel and went to explore options beyond Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, I recommend meeting with Ms. Bitzan.

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