Israel Campus Beat: Israel's Study Abroad Opportunities Expand

Israel Campus Beat: Israel's Study Abroad Opportunities Expand

August 22, 2012

By Sandra Ziv
 
During the 1970s and 1980s -- and even before then -- most North American students who came to Israel on a study abroad program were looking for a connection to their heritage.
The majority of the students participating in these programs were Jewish, or looking for a Jewish connection. As a result, most of the university programs were designed to fulfill this need.
 
These study abroad programs offered courses primarily related to Israeli history and culture, Jewish history, culture and identity, and the study of Hebrew. The programs offered by the Rothberg School at the Hebrew University and by Tel Aviv University fit this classic description of Study Abroad in Israel.
 
At that time, the University of Haifa International School was one of the few programs that offered an alternative. It attracted non-Jewish students, as well as Jewish students who were looking for something other than a "Jewish experience" in Israel. 
 
Today's Millennial students (Generation Y) are a more discerning group. Their reasons for coming to study in Israel and the goals they are trying to achieve are quite different from those students in previous years. 
 
Today's student is more demanding as to the type of experience he or she expects and what their requirements are to make that happen. The student coming to Israel today is looking for more than a connection to his or her heritage; often, the student is not Jewish, and even among the Jews who come, many do not identify as practicing Jews. Today, students come to study in Israel for many reasons, including professional advancement, academic requirements, personal growth, international experience, an alternative to the classroom and, of course, in some cases, a connection to their Jewish heritage. 
 
In order to accommodate the new student, innovative programs have sprung up, in addition to the classic Israeli study abroad programs. Today's offerings include full degree programs in engineering, academic-based volunteer programs, internships, work-study programs, religious learning, secular yeshivas, professional training programs and many more options. 
 
Israel's universities have responded to this trend by modifying their academic offerings to meet today's demand. The five major universities – the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University, the Technion, and University of Haifa - now offer courses in engineering, creative arts, business and entrepreneurship and academic honors programs. 
 
Students have opportunities to participate in experiential learning internships and to receive professional mentoring. By widening the offerings and establishing an environment of acceptance of all student types, the university study abroad programs in Israel seek to remain relevant and challenging amidst the wealth of alternative programs being offered today around the world.
 
Of course, the traditional offerings of Jewish and Israeli history and culture subjects will always form the backbone of the curriculum offered to overseas students at Israel's universities, but in order to continue to grow and be attractive in a competitive environment of international study opportunities, Israeli academic programming needs to continue to evolve together with the student it is trying to attract.
 
Sandra Ziv is director of marketing at the University of Haifa International School. This article was originally published in Israel Campus Beat and is the fourth installment of several 'Summer Series' articles, written by campus and organizational professionals who are uniquely situated to comment on the state of Israel advocacy on college campuses across the US.

Vatel

Vatel

 

BIT - Technion

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Program Description

This program is operated in Russian.

BGU Overseas Student Program Adopted by the University of California State System

BGU Overseas Student Program Adopted by the University of California State System

July 28, 2012

NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 – The state university system of California has re-joined the list of world-class universities that will send students to the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel.
The University of California is the elite state university system with 10 schools, including UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Together, these 10 schools have more than 220,000 students and represent the largest single U.S. market.  
 
UC was for many years a major pipeline of students for Israel semester and year study abroad programs. However, U.S. State Department travel warnings led them to remove Israel from the list of approved countries for UC’s overseas programs for some 10 years.
 
“Our students are drawn to the majesty of the desert, the immersion into a diverse Israeli community and a unique curriculum that maximizes the University’s expertise and opportunities,” says Stanley Ginsburg, who is a founder and funder of the program along with Ira Ingerman—both from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
 
“We know that when you offer academic excellence you have a product that is easy to market. I’m thrilled that UC has recognized that and will once again allow their students to gain the unique experiences and knowledge at Ben-Gurion University that they couldn’t get anywhere else,” he adds.
 
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has several extraordinary English-language degree-programs, including the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, the Medical School for International Health and the Israel Studies International Program that attract students from around the world. Many of their outstanding courses in ecology, sustainable development, global health, and Israel studies are offered to non-degree students who participate in the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program.
 
“After years of outreach, we’re pleased that UC has re-engaged with us to provide an educational and rewarding experience in the Negev at Israel’s most popular university,” says Doron Krakow, executive vice president of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU). The OSP office for recruitment of North American students is run by AABGU’s national office in New York City.
 
 

Vatel - Academic Hotel Management

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Program Description

Established in 1981, Vatel trains managers and directors for the international hospitality industry. Today, with over 30 schools around the world and 6,000 students, Vatel is the world’s leader foremost providers of higher education in hotel management and other facets of the hospitality business. Students benefit from a tight-knit network of 25,000 alumni working in the world’s top locations. Those alumni have proven to be excellent sources of employment for new Vatel graduates in training future international hotel and tourism industry senior managers. 
 
As in all its other Schools in the world, Vatel will prepare its Tel Aviv students for a Bachelor’s Degree in International Hotel Management (in 3 years). 
 

Highlights

True to its teaching concept which is based upon a built and controlled mixture of theoretical university courses and professional experience, Vatel is based at Tel Aviv. As an integral part of their curriculum, students will do their training during 4-5 months in various departments of luxury hotels on the seaside where international vacationers and businessmen stay.

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Reaffirms Its Commitment to Connecting Young Adults To Israel

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Reaffirms Its Commitment to Connecting Young Adults To Israel

June 26, 2012

Generous donation will fund recruiting position dedicated to increasing participation in the Masa Israel Journey program.
WASHINGTON – The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, long-time supporters and creators of young adult engagement and programming, is proud to announce the addition of a full time professional to serve as an ambassador for The Jewish Agency for Israel's Masa Israel program. This program connects Jewish young adults to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs in Israel. 
 
Matching funds from the government of Israel will be paired with a generous contribution from a local donor to support the program for two years. The new professional will have two primary focus areas including 1) double the local participation of young adults in the Masa Israel program from 130 to 270 participants by implementing a wide range of recruitment activities and 2) connect with Masa Israel participants upon their return to Greater Washington to help successfully integrate them into Jewish life. The creation of the new position will be crucial in reaching important goals that will more meaningfully connect young adults to Israel and Jewish life.
 
Federation President Stuart S. Kurlander stated “Greater Washington continues to lead the way in its unwavering commitment to young adults. We recognize that exposing this constituency to Israel in meaningful ways will create a solid foundation for a next generation of Jews who will exhibit strong support and commitment to our homeland.”
 
Since its inception in 2004, Masa Israel has brought more than 65,000 young adults to Israel. The program has grown by 1,000 or more new participants each year. One of Masa Israel’s major growth areas is the post-college age cohort (21–30) with more than 50% being alumni of Taglit-Birthright Israel. Masa Israel participants have many opportunities to engage with one another through special seminars, holidays and Shabbat observances. These activities build connections with Israeli peers and other Jewish young adults.
 
"Masa Israel is thrilled to enter into a new partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to achieve our mutual goal of increasing the number of Taglit: Birthright Israel returnees and other young adults who participate in immersive Israel programs.  Our new staff person will also play a vital role in ensuring that alumni of Masa Israel programs in Greater Washington become activated and engaged as emerging Jewish communal leaders" shared Avi Rubel, Masa Israel North American Director.
 
Steven A. Rakitt, CEO of The Federation shared, “We are grateful to the generous donor whose commitment will make it possible for more Washingtonian young adults to take part in this important immersive Jewish experience." This gift exemplifies Federation’s interest and willingness to approach philanthropy from a new perspective. We believe that more and more donors will see us as their partners prepared to respond to their interests and turn their philanthropic dreams into reality." 

UC Davis Study and Intern Abroad Fair

UC Davis Study and Intern Abroad Fair

October 4, 2012 - 11:00  -  October 4, 2012 - 14:00

West Quad, UC DavisDavis, CA  - 

Thinking about studying or interning abroad? Now is your chance to learn about opportunities available at UC Davis!
The 2012 UC Davis Study & Internship Abroad Fair is intended to help students who are considering education abroad opportunities. The UC Davis Education Abroad Center (EAC) and the Internship and Career Center (ICC) will host this year's fair on Thursday, October 4, 2012 on the West Quad from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
 
The purpose of the fair is to inform students about opportunities to study, work, and intern in areas all over the world. The fair provides resources for UC Davis study and internship program opportunities as well as many non-UC Davis options (organizations from all over the world will be traveling to campus).
 
Meet Danna Rubin, Masa Israel Northwest Regional Director, to learn about study abroad and internship opportunities in Israel.
 
More information available at: eac.ucdavis.edu/fair.cfm

UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair

UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair

September 21, 2012 - 11:00  -  September 21, 2012 - 16:00

UC Berkeley Student UnionBerkeley, CA  - 

Come to the Study Abroad Fair and learn about study, work, intern, and volunteer abroad opportunities for UC Berkeley students. 
Meet Danna Rubin, Masa Israel Northwest Regional Director. Sponsored by Berkeley Study Abroad, the Study Abroad Fair is Cal’s signature event of the year for education abroad.
 

Washington Jewish Week: Bringing young Jews to Israel

Washington Jewish Week: Bringing young Jews to Israel

June 13, 2012

There's an incredible program that has brought more than 65,000 Jewish young adults to Israel since it started in 2004.
It is called Masa Israel, and its focus is on post-college age Jews. Well over 50 percent are alumni of Taglit-Birthright Israel.
 
Masa Israel Journey is a partnership of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the government of Israel and a partner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Masa brings more than 10,000 young Jews per year to Israel on a range of gap-year, study-abroad, and post-college internship and volunteering programs. There are more than 140 Washington, D.C.-area participants this year on Masa Israel programs.
 
One of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington efforts to bring as many Jews as possible "under the tent" involves young adult engagement and programming. To that end, a local donor is matching funds from the government of Israel to support Masa Israel by hiring a new professional for two years. That person will have two primary focus areas - doubling the local participation of young adults in Masa Israel from 130 to 270 participants and connecting with Masa Israel participants upon their return to the Greater Washington Jewish community to help them successfully integrate into Jewish life.
 
Integration into Washington-area Jewish life should be underlined here. I know that a nephew of mine went to Israel via Birthright. He came back and announced it was the best 10 days of his life. That was three years ago. Since then, nothing. Not a word about Israel, not an expression of desire to return to the Holy Land.
 
When I asked him if he had been contacted or if there was any follow-up, he admitted that there had been contact, but that he didn't return the call or the email.
 
Federation President Stuart Kurlander has said from day one of his presidency that opening up Federation opportunities to young adults was a huge priority.
 
"We recognize that exposing this constituency to Israel in meaningful ways will create a solid foundation for a next generation of Jews who will exhibit strong support and commitment to our homeland," said Kurlander.
 

Welcome Back from Israel with "Bezalel on Tour" at Sotheby's in Chicago

Welcome Back from Israel with "Bezalel on Tour" at Sotheby's in Chicago

July 19, 2012 - 18:00  -  July 19, 2012 - 20:00

Sotheby’s 188 E. Walton PlaceChicago, IL  - 

Welcome back from Israel! Join other young adults recently returned from Birthright, Masa or the YLD Summer Trip to Israel as we take in the artwork of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, right here in Chicago. 
Enjoy wine and cheese and share your Israel experiences with others. This event is free of charge.
 
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