According to a press release three weeks ago today, the California State University (CSU) system “plans to allow students at CSU system schools to travel to Israel for academic programs beginning in the fall of 2012. ” Since 2001, due to Arab terrorism in Israel, the CSU system, along with many other American universities, suspended their study abroad program there. However, in 2009, the University of California system reinstated their study abroad program to Israel and, according to the press release, “as the country’s largest university system, with 23 campuses and over 400,000 students, CSU remained the single largest institution yet to reinstate study abroad opportunities in Israel.” What students have been doing who wanted to study there “had to withdraw from school, apply separately to an Israeli university, and subsequently reapply for admission to CSU and seek to transfer credits and financial aid, none of which was assured.”
There were various efforts, including a letter-signing campaign, under way to get the program reinstated and, thank God, they have paid off. Students at campuses in the area, such as CSU-Long Beach, CSU-Fullerton, and others have asked about the program and will be relieved to know that it is going to be back.