Middle East

Israel

Haifa:

Program Sponsor:

University of Haifa

Program Name:

University of Haifa International School, Direct Enroll

Program Eligibility:

3.0 GPA, HMC good standing

Language of Instruction:

English, Hebrew, Arabic

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts, Engineering option

Description:

Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel and the third largest in the country.  Located less than 60 miles north of Tel Aviv, Haifa is a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline and is the major regional center of northern Israel.  Students will study at The University of Haifa, the largest comprehensive research university in northern Israel. It is a  well known university dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility.

Academics:

Students take courses to equal 15-16 U.S. credits.   Students majoring in Engineering may be eligible to take up to two English-taught courses at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.  This will require a short communite to/from the Technion. Students who are proficient in Hebrew may enroll in all courses taught in the various other departments at the University, provided they meet the pre-requisites of the course.

Housing:

Double or single rooms in dormitories on campus

Dates:

Fall – early October to early December, Spring – mid February to early June

Program Sponsor:

The Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Program Name:

The Technion International Semester Abroad - Direct Enroll

Program Eligibility:

3.0 GPA, HMC good standing

Language of Instruction:

English, Hebrew, Arabic

Curriculum:

Libberal Arts, Engineering, Science

Description:

Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel and the third largest in the country.  Located less than 60 miles north of Tel Aviv, Haifa is a major seaportlocated on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline and is the major regional center ofnorthern Israel.  Students will study at The University of Haifa, the largest comprehensive research university in northern Israel. It is a  well known university dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility.

Academics:

Students take courses to equal 16-20 U.S. credits. Courses are given at the third and fourth year undergraduate level and some involve off-site visits to Israeli industries.

Housing:

Student dorms which include flats of five bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom.

Dates:

Full year or Spring only – mid March to mid August

Turkey

ISTANBUL:

Program Sponsor:

CIEE

Program Name:

CIEE Istanbul

Program Eligibility:

2.75 GPA, HMC good standing

Language of Instruction:

English and Turkish

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences

Description:

Turkey is a unique blend of East and West. It is rich in history, dating back to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires yet Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, has undergone rapid social change over the past century and is now the cultural and economic capital of Turkey. Having the opportunity to study in this transitional country firsthand provides a unique perspective on Turkish civilization. Community volunteer work is also available.

Academics:

Students take about 22.5 quarter hours which total 15 semester credits.  Students directly enroll in English-taught courses at Koç University, a private university located on a beautiful hillside campus overlooking the Black Sea. In addition to area studies courses, science and engineering courses are also available.

Housing:

Double rooms in residence halls on campus with a Turkish roommate

Comments:

The fall semester ends in mid-January, a few days before the start of HMC’s spring semester.

ANKARA:

Program Sponsor:

Pitzer College

Program Name:

Pitzer Exchange at Middle Eastern Technical University (METU)

Language of Instruction:

English

Program Eligibility:

2.5 GPA, HMC good standing

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering

Description:

As the capital of Turkey, and the country’s second largest city, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city.  Not only is it the center of the Turkish Government housing all foreign embassies, it’s also known for breeding Angoran goats for the mohair made from their coats.  Though it can be a more formal city, Ankara has many interesting museums,a skiing center nearby, and a fine nightlife.

Academics:

Students take a three to four week pre-semester intensive Turkish language course, a full course load of 15 or 16 units at METU (typically 5 courses worth 3 units each).  Student have the option of continuing the language course into the semester. The University offers broad curricular offerings with particular strengths in the natural sciences, engineering and the social sciences. The academics at METU are quite high and students should be prepared for a challenging grading system.

Housing:

Students will live with host families during the language course then will move into a METU dormitory. Rooms are shared. Meals are independently arranged.

Dates:

Fall semester only – early August to late December.