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Cairo: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

This program is at the American University in Cairo (AUC), a four-year liberal arts college of 4,500 students from all segments of Egyptian society and from around the world. Its academic programs are organized into three schools: Humanities and Social Sciences; Sciences and Engineering; and Business, Economics and Communication. The language of instruction is English. AUC is noted for its fine courses on Arabic language, Islamic art and architecture, Egyptology, Middle Eastern society and politics. Science and engineering courses are also offered.

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Beer Sheva: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

The overseas program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev offers full-year and semester study. Located in Beer Sheva, BGU has become an internationally recognized institution of higher learning. Over 17,000 Israeli students live on or around campus and study in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Natural Sciences. The Overseas Student Program begins with an intensive, Hebrew language course (Ulpan-6 credits). Academic-year classes taught in English include options such as Focused Academic Tracks in the areas of Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice, Peace Studies and Regional Security, and Global Health. Classes in Israel and Jewish studies are also available including Archaeology, History and Literature. Most students will complete their semester at BGU with 21 academic credits. Numerous volunteering opportunities as well as internships are available, including opportunities to work with the large Bedouin community that lives in the area surrounding Beer Sheva. Students live with Israeli roommates in the dormitories and have the opportunity to be immersed in the most vibrant and socially engaged campus in Israel. A modern train station on campus allows easy access to traveling in the entire country and trips, lectures and excursions are an integral part of the program in order for students to get a truly all-encompassing feel of the country.

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Haifa: Spring

The Technion - Israel Institute for Technology is one of the world's top science and technology research universities. The program allows students to study in English at the School of Engineering. Open to Junior Mechanical Engineering majors. Contact your Hajim School of Engineering advisor for more information.

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Jerusalem: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

This program takes place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The program begins with an intensive Hebrew language course (Ulpan) and a social and cultural orientation. Most students on the program attend courses offered in English by the Rothberg International School. Students proficient in Hebrew may enroll in regularly scheduled Hebrew University courses. Upon satisfactory completion of the Ulpan (6 credits are earned for the summer Ulpan; 4 credits for the winter Ulpan) and two full academic semesters, students are eligible to receive up to 38 credits. Program offerings include DanceJerusalem, which includes university level artistic and technical training in the disciplines of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Repertoire, and Improvisation; and Jerusalem Sounds, which includes private lessons, performances in small and large ensembles, and classes in Jewish and Israeli music. Both DanceJerusalem and Jerusalem Sounds are presented in conjunction with the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD). Students interested in business can also choose from a newly expanded range of English language business courses, several focusing on business in an Israeli and Middle Eastern environment, presented in conjunction with Hebrew University's School of Business Administration. Students may also apply to spend one semester at Hebrew University. Semester students are eligible to earn up to 22 credits. Upon successful completion, students earn 4 credits for Hebrew language courses taken during the academic year proper.

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Karmiel: Braude College: Spring only

Braude College's Study Abroad program offers UR students the opportunity to study engineering for a semester at the leading engineering college in Israel's Galilee region. All courses are conducted in English and academic credits earned in the Study Abroad program are transferable, and can be used towards the completion of a degree. This program is suitable for students majoring in Mechanical Engineering. For details, see Lisa Norwood in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Deans Office, Lattimore 301,

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Amman: Fall or Spring

The program in Jordan, through CIEE, affords students the opportunity to study in one of the most welcoming countries in the Middle East. Classroom learning and field trips combine to dispel the myths of the Middle East and give students unparalleled insight into one of the richest histories in the world. Jordan is truly a combination of the ancient with the modern, of traditional Arab culture with the West. Whether your interest is Arabic language or anthropology, economics or archaeology, the CIEE program has a wide range of course selections that can be enriched with volunteer work or an internship. The program is designed for students who have an interest in Jordan and the Middle East. Courses are offered in the areas of Arabic language, anthropology, history, economics, literature, religion, archaeology, environment, political science, and the media. Students are required to take Arabic along with three area studies courses, taught in English. Program highlights include a three-day trip to the south of Jordan to visit Petra and Wadi Rum.

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United Arab Emirates

Sharjah: Fall, Spring, or Full Year

If you are interested in improving your Arabic language skills, developing an understanding of the Gulf region and its role in the Arab World and global economy, and learning firsthand about the daily intersection of traditional values and modern realities in the United Arab Emirates, then the Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences study abroad program in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates is right for you. The program is geared towards students who want to enroll directly in business, engineering, science, social science, and humanities courses taught in English alongside local students and for those who want to improve their Arabic language skills while becoming fully integrated into local student culture at a university that provides a valuable combination of U.S. quality academics, modern facilities, and a true Gulf immersion experience.

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