No Cornell students are spending their fall semester abroad in Israel this year, in line with a nationwide drop in overseas enrollment in Israel’s universities.
Orli Gil, Israel’s consul for academic affairs in the United States, had estimated that enrollment by foreign students has sunk about 50 percent in all Israeli colleges and universities. The falling numbers are attributed to concerns about the security situation there since a spate of terrorist activities and violence ripped through the region beginning last September.
However, Cornell has not suspended its Israel abroad program and does not have any plans to do so in the near future, according to Beatrice Szekely, associate director of Cornell Abroad. “We haven’t ever suspended a program. We are monitoring the situation from day to day