Israel Welcomes Displaced American Students from Egypt

In light of the recent unrest in Egypt, Masa Israel Journey programs have welcomed 21 displaced North American students to Israel to continue their Arabic language studies. Twelve students have enrolled in The Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, eight in the International School at the University of Haifa, and one in Givat Haviva’s Intensive Arabic Semester.

The Rothberg International School worked closely with study abroad directors at Princeton University, Vanderbilt University, University of California Schools, Michigan State University, and Allegheny University to place students who had been studying in Egypt into its program. The International School at the University of Haifa worked closely with Elon University to absorb five of its students who were evacuated from Egypt to Turkey.

Both the Hebrew University and the University of Haifa provided its students with special orientations to assist in their transitions to their new campuses. The University of Haifa, which has a 20 percent Arab student body, will offer its students the opportunity to take part in NGOs focused on serving the Arab Israeli population and human rights. One student, who planned to research the head coverings of Arab women, will continue her research with a professor at the University of Haifa.

Students will receive full credit for their studies.