The MA Israel Studies program offered by the University of Haifa aims to elucidate the theoretical underpinnings of the Zionist project, communities of the Jewish diaspora and their relationship to the modern state of Israel, and the deep complexities of Israeli society in light of its multicultural character.
Recent years have witnessed an unprecedented growth of scholarly interest in Israeli history, politics, society and culture. Numerous programs, research centers and chair endowments in Israel Studies have been established in North America and Europe, adding a new, fresh and innovative dimension to existing programs in Judaic Studies. The Israel Studies program is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the experiences of the Israeli population from a range of perspectives, against the wider backdrop of twentieth-century Jewish history, Middle Eastern politics and society.
The program will examine Israeli society from a variety of perspectives, including Aliyah and migration; economics and politics; culture, religion, history and the ties between Israel and Jewish communities abroad. The one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through August. Students wishing to pursue the thesis track will be required to submit a research thesis within one year of completing their coursework.
The field campus is one of the highlights of the program. Students, together with academic staff, spend three days in one of the country's historically rich regions. Locations include the Lower and Upper Galilee, the Negev, Jordan Valley, Beit She’an Valley, Jerusalem and its surroundings. Students engage in an exploration the areas' complexities, of both the past and present. Students meet public figures and Israeli citizens with the aim of developing dialogue and familiarity with Israeli society. The cost of the field campus is included in the tuition fee.
Hebrew and Arabic language courses are also available to students who are interested. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded an MA in Israel Studies from the Faculty of Humanities and Department of Israel Studies.
Graduates of the program will be well placed to continue academic careers in their home countries both in Middle Eastern studies and the growing field of Israel studies specifically. They will also find the use for their studies in the fields of diplomacy and journalism; working for a variety of Israel-related NGOs, and points of cultural exchange between Israel and the world.
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Programme StructureCourses include:
- Religion, Science and Politics in the Cartography of Israel from the Middle Ages to Our Time
- The Holocaust and the Israeli Society
- The Zionist Ideology
- A Social History of Palestinian Society, 1900-1948
- 1948 War - Field Course
- Modern Israeli Society
- Israel Stories: Page, Stage, and Screen
- Modern Polish-Jewish History and Culture
- The Arab-Israeli Conflict: History and Diplomacy
- Crusader Castles and Battle Site (Field trips)
- Jewish Artists and the Stories of America
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- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History View 12 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in Israel
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An undergraduate degree in the humanities or social sciences from a recognized university in Israel or abroad
- A minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80% (Israeli system) or equivalent
- Official transcript of BA degree and copy of undergraduate diploma
- TOEFL scores (if applicable)
- Two recommendations from relevant academic faculty members
- Statement of Intent/Personal Essay (500-750 words)
- Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
- Medical forms (international students only)
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International9910 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9910 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Haifa
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Some of the MA programs have a limited number of scholarships available for students based on financial need. Students who are in financial need are encouraged to submit an application.
In addition to the University of Haifa need-based scholarship you can also submit applications to all other scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible (MASA, local Jewish Federation, etc.).
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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