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July 29, 1988 - Image 91

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-29

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University in New York,
Lowenberg estimates.
Orna Weissman, 18, of
Mystic, Ill., also gives the pro-
gram high marks. "I love it,
there are such good kids
here," she says. Weissman
finds there is an ample selec-
tion of courses in English,
and she is happy with the op-
portunity to mix with Israelis
through regular outings to
nearby lel Aviv and tours
throughout the rest of the

kibbutz, where students live
and work for two months be-
fore the start of the academic
Israeli students are en-
couraged to enroll in the 25 to
30 English-language classes
that are available to overseas
In the dormitory, a six-
student suite typically holds
four Israelis to two overseas
students. The overseas pro-
gram has about 70 students.
In addition to the standard

any Israeli university in
For information contact
American Friends of Haifa
University, 41 E. 42nd St.,
New York, New York 10017.
Phone number: (212) 818-

The program at Ben-
Gurion University of the
Negev is only two years old
and has 20 students. Among
its plusses are individualized
attention and access to the
Negev desert for studies in
topography and archeology.
For information, contact
American Associates of Ben-
Gurion University, 342 Madi-
son Avenue, Suite 1924, New
York, New York 10173. Phone
number: (212) 687-7721.
Besides its undergraduate
one-year program, it offers a
master's degree program in
conjunction with Boston
University. Full-time stu-
dents can earn a master of
science degree in manage-
ment in one year (three full
semesters, including sum-
mer). Part-time students can
do it in two years. Some 80
students from 13 countries
are enrolled. The cost is
$8,000, "about 4 5 percent of
what it costs in Boston,"
stresses program director
Laurence Daugherty. (Dor-


mitory is extra.)
For information, contact
Boston University.

Another interesting grad-
uate program is the Sackler
Medical School at lel Aviv
University. Accredited by the
New York State Board of
Higher Education, it is a full
four-year program given in
English at a cost of about
$16,000 a year. (New York
State residents are eligible for
a grant of about $6,000.)
Started in 1977, when New
York State faced a severe
shortage of physicians in
depressed areas, today the
school has 240 students (60
per class). Forty spots in each
class are reserved for New
Yorkers; the rest are open to
others, including Canadians.
Students have different
reasons for choosing to study
medicine here. Some come
because of Zionism; others for
adventure (only 75 to 80 per-
cent of the students are
Jewish); and others because
they couldn't gain admission
to medical school in the U.S.
For information, contact
Sackler School of Medicine,
New York State/American
Program, 17 East 62nd
Street, New York, New York
10021. Phone number: (212)

Ibl Aviv University's one-
year undergraduate program
offers 43 courses in English —
the standard fare plus a smat-
tering of business and art and
science courses. It has about
173 American students for
each semester, most of them
upperclassmen. TAU is not
for the "very Orthodox," says
Rahel Barel, a university
For information, contact
Office of Academic Affairs,
American Friend of Tel Aviv
University, 360 Lexington
Avenue, New York, New. York
10017. Phone number: (212)
A final note about univer-
sities: As a rule, credits taken
in Israel are transferable
abroad, but there can be prob-
lems depending on the in-
dividual's major or the
school's core requirements.
University officials here
strongly advise students to
check with their university at
home abo'ut the courses they
intend to take.

Those who want to spend a
year in yeshiva have a lot to
choose from. Yeshivot range
from laid-back "country club"
institutions that place vir-
tually no demands on stu
dents to rigid schools that
schedule every moment from

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Hebrew University's Rothberg School for Overseas Students is by far the
most popular program among American students. Part of the reason, no
doubt, is its location—the sprawling Mt. Scopus campus in Jerusalem.

For information on Bar-
Ilan, contact Bar Ilan Univer-
sity, 853 Seventh Avenue,
Suite 1018, New York, New
York 10019. Phone number:
(212) 315-1990.


Haifa University places a
great emphasis on inte-
grating its foreign students
into Israeli life. "We want
them to be Israeli students,
not remain on the fringe,"
says Prof. Barry Berger, a
former Baltimore resident
who heads the program.
, The university does this in
a number of ways. One of its
summer ulpans is given on a

, one-year program courses in
liberal arts and Middle East
studies, Haifa University of-
fers advanced students in-
dependent study projects in
subjects of their choice. The
university also takes advan-
tage of its proximity to water
with courses in shipping and
finance, marine biology and
underwater archaeology.

The nearby Galilee, with its
Arab majority presents an
opportunity for students to
get a close-up look at the
area's demography and eth-
nography. Haifa University
has the largest Arab and
Druse student population of

Tel Aviv University's one-year undergraduate program offers numerous courses in English, to about 170 American
students each semester. The university is also the site of the Sackler Medical School, offering a four-year medical


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