California State University, with 420,000 students on 23 campuses, has resumed its Study in Israel program at the University of Haifa, after a 10-year hiatus.
During the past few months, top California State University administrators, who oversee 23 campuses with 420,000 students, were spending a good deal of time wrestling with upcoming draconian state budget cuts and protesting students, yet they set aside some time to consider whether the largest four-year college system in the United States should restart its study abroad program in Israel.
How do you nudge the largest four-year college system in the United States to change its mind and greenlight its students for study at Israeli universities?
Officials at the University of California are talking with their counterparts at Hebrew University of Jerusalem about reopening the UC's study abroad program there for Fall 2009.
The uncertain endeavors of UC students wanting to study in Israel may soon ease. A groundswell is building, with the student governments at UC campuses in Berkeley, Davis, San Diego and, most recently, Los Angeles passing resolutions urging the university to reinstate the study abroad program.