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  • Locations: Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Tel Aviv, Israel; Tivon, Israel
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Dorm/Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Department of Teaching and Learning, Education and Human Ecology, Education and Human Ecology (College of), International Studies, Jewish Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Education: Teaching and Learning
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Leslie McCabe
Program Description:
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This program is scheduled to be offered again Winter Break 2020.
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The College of Educational and Human Ecology (EHE) is offering an exciting education abroad opportunity in Israel at the end of autumn semester, 2018! Join Professor Laurie Katz and EHE’s Program Manager of Early Childhood Licensure Programs, Michele Sanderson, for a 10-day exploration of child-centered teaching and learning in one of the world’s most culturally rich settings.

Our hosts at Oranim College in Tivon, Israel, will  highlight key principles of inclusive, multicultural & social rights- oriented pedagogy and guide us to a range of school settings which celebrate harmony across all ages. The focus will be on best practices in inclusiveness and multicultural approaches to teaching multi-lingual young children with Arabic, Jewish, Christian, and African backgrounds.

You will also learn about how Israelis understand and live the history of their country and how they embed diverse cultural perspectives and values into all aspects of their lives.

The learning outcomes for this abroad experience are:
1)To identify the similarities and differences in how pedagogical decision-making re: early and elementary practices are informed through Israeli and US perspectives.
2)To strengthen the participant’s own linguistic, cultural and pedagogical competence and promote reflection on practice.
3)To demonstrate the ability to interact constructively with people of different cultures.
4)To strengthen the participant’s own frames of reference (e.g. culture, gender, language, abilities, ways of knowing, the potential biases in these frames, and their impact on expectation for and relationships with learners and their families.


The program takes place at Oranim College in Tivon, Haifa, Israel, with excursions to Tel Aviv and Nazareth.


Students will be housed in apartment-style housing in Haifa in a facility called "1926 Designed Apartment Hotel". All apartments have kitchens with refrigerator, microwaves, wifi.  Meals can also be purchased at Oranim College. Transportation will be coordinated by Oranim College through buses.

Resident Directors

Laurie Katz
College of Education and Human Ecology

Michele Sanderson, Ed.S.
College of Education and Human Ecology

Ohio State Program Contact

Leslie McCabe




Courses and Credit Early Childhood Israel tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 credits of one of the following courses:

EDUTL 5501 – Inclusion: Philosophical, Social and Practical Issues: General Student Body
EDUTL 5123 – Early Childhood/Visual Impairments Pedagogy
EDUTL 3189 – Field Experience (Preschool)
EDUTL 5005 – Equity and Diversity in Education
ESCE 2189S – First Education Experience Program



Application Requirement Early Childhood Israel tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, good disciplinary standing, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Early Childhood Israel tab 4

Admitted students are responsible for paying the Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,974 program fee. The program fee includes the your roundtrip airfare from Columbus to Tel Aviv, all in-country transportation, all school visits, excursions, and lectures, all accommodations, two group meals, and supplemental health insurance. It does not cover non-program meals, personal expenses, or your passport fees.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.



Information Sessions

  • None scheduled at this time.


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.