Leadership and Diversity in the 21st Century:
Shared Society in Israel and the Galilee
May 7-27, 2023
Haifa is the third largest urban center in Israel and a hub of the country’s burgeoning chemicals, high-tech, biopharmaceutical, and medical sciences industries. Owing to its mixed population, which cuts along social, religious, and political lines, the city is often compared to San Francisco and is commonly regarded as a model of Jewish-Arab coexistence. In general, Haifa is a very safe and a walkable city; be sensible and exercise precaution as you would at home.
About Oranim College
Located in Kiryat Tivon, on the outskirts of Haifa, Oranim College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, teaching certification courses, and advanced career training. The campus is a safe and tranquil environment, with a lovely botanical gardens, courtyards, and other areas for relaxation and study, and you are free to explore the grounds. Like all public institutions in Israel, the college employs a network of security personnel.
Dates and Hours of Program
Arrival day: Sunday, May 7, 2023; Departure: Saturday, May 27, 2023
Instructional hours: Sunday to Thursday at 9:00am-5:15pm; Friday at 9:00am-1:00pm; lunch at 12:30-1:30pm.
Travel grants of up to $1000 are available on a competitive basis to all program applicants. The amount of the award will be deducted from your tuition fee. To be considered for a grant, write a cover letter explaining your need and desire for such assistance, why you believe the program will be helpful to your academic and professional goals, and what you hope to contribute to the group experience. Send your letter via email to Dr. Rachel Ravid at Rachel_r@oranim.ac.il.
Tuition scholarships are available based on need.
Your well-being is of paramount concern to us. In the event of an emergency, our staff will assist you in finding medical help. If at any point you test positive for COVID, arrangements will be made to help care for your recovery.
All students are expected to carry international travel insurance policy for the duration of the program.
All participants get access to the internet at Oranim College, which works in all university buildings. Wifi is also available at the hotel.
The language of instruction for Oranim-UC program is English. At Oranim College, you will also encounter students whose native languages are Hebrew and Arabic, and many of them also speak English.
Oranim College’s Everett Library is a main resource center on campus, with 1,500 visitors a day. The library has a panoramic view of the Carmel mountains, the Jezreel valley, and the Haifa coastal region. The library’s online web portal offers remote access to all of its resources 24/7. Library staff provide ongoing support to the academic community on site and online. Library hours: Sun, Mon, and Tue at 7:45am-7:45pm; Wed and Thu at 7:45am-6:00pm.
You should plan to spend from $500- $700 out-of-pocket for food, independent travel, and other expenses. Of course, this is an estimate and it varies from person to person.
Lodging / 1926 ApartHotel
Surrounded by cafés and pubs, the 1926 ApartHotel, a clean and well-maintained hostel, is walking distance from the downtown port area with cafés, restaurants, and shops. It is also walking distance to the train station and the Carmelit underground funicular railway. Rambam Hospital and the beach are a 5-minute drive away. The hostel includes air-conditioned quarters, limited kitchen facilities, free wifi, and flat-screen satellite TV. All students will be paired with a roommate and share a room.
All required materials will be provided as part of your learning experience in the program. Students should bring their own laptops.
During your stay you will be responsible to provide your own breakfast and dinner on weekdays and all meals on the weekends. You should count on spending approximately $25-50 per day on food. Breakfast and dinner places are readily available nearby the hotel. Lunch during the weekdays will be provided at Oranim College’s cafeteria and on field trips.
Medications & Immunizations
All students should be up-to-date with immunizations and bring a 3-week supply of any medications needed for the duration of the program.
The program is anchored by three core components: (a) “Contemporary Israel Society”; (b) “Communities of the Galilee”; and (c) “Leadership for Social Change and Shared Society.” It also includes weekly electives and field trips to Galilee archaeological and historic sites as well as towns and cities (Tiberias, Nazareth, Safed). Participants will meet Oranim College students, Galilee community leaders, and Israeli activists, officials, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs from different walks of life.
In total, the program includes 96 instructional hours, 40 hours of experiential learning (field trips), 28 project-based learning hours (supervised individual and small group work), and 4 hours of informal meetings with Oranim College students. Total: 160 hours = 6 credits.
Each student will design and complete a research project of his/her/their own choosing on a topic related to the program. The projects offer an opportunity for students to integrate their learning and make visible their knowledge and mastery of a given topic. The projects will be closely supervised and can take the form of an essay, website, podcast, or other options.
Students are responsible for their own international travel to/from Israel. Bus transport to be provided to/from Ben-Gurion International Airport on arrival and departure dates (details TBA).
Shuttle transport will be provided daily between the 1926 Hotel and Oranim College campus (15-20 minutes). Transportation for the weekly trips is provided as part of the program.
You must hold a valid passport in order to leave your home country and enter Israel, and your passport must be valid for six months after the date of entry and throughout your stay. If you do not have a valid passport, you should apply for one immediately.
The safety of our students is our highest priority. Like all public institutions in Israel, Oranim College employs a network of security personnel covering all campus entrances and patrolling the campus 24 hours a day. Students should always be prepared to show student cards or other picture ID and submit bags for search.
All students should carry a mobile telephone. This will allow our staff to contact you at any time in case of a security situation. Specific security information will be given at the student orientation.
The weather in Haifa in May is generally comfortable and pleasant, with an average temperature varying between 17.2°C (63°F) and 26.2°C (79.2°F).
Weekends & Free Time
In addition to resting and attending to the program’s ongoing activity, you can take advantage of free evenings and weekend to experience life in Israel. In Haifa, you can take advantage of the city’s exciting cultural scene including cafes and restaurants, beaches, gardens, theaters, and museums. Because the weekend plans are limited to a 24-hour period (Friday afternoon to Saturday evening), we recommend visiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other more distant locations before and/or after the program. In any case, we will be glad to assist you with your plans.
The Israeli work week is from Sunday to Thursday, with a few offices also open on Friday mornings. Oranim College’s administrative offices are open, and courses are mostly held from Sunday to Thursday.
The Israeli weekend is Friday and Saturday. Stores in Israel are generally open from Sunday to Friday afternoon, closing Friday early evening and opening again on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Some cafés and restaurants are open on the weekends.
For students seeking worship opportunities, there are churches, synagogues, and mosques accessible within walking distance from the hotel.
For more information contact:
Prof. Mark Raider, University of Cincinnati – firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Rachel Ravid, Oranim College email@example.com