Masa Israel Leadership Summit - Spring

Masa Israel Leadership Summit - Spring

March 10, 2013 (All day)  -  March 14, 2013 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

The Masa Israel Leadership Summit is an intensive, 5 day learning and skill-building seminar for exceptional participants of Masa Israel programs from around the world. 
The seminar is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a strong and active Jewish leader through learning, leadership training, community service and involvement in your local community. By offering you dynamic and interactive programming and a support network of peers from around the world, the Masa Israel Leadership Summit helps you leverage your deep connection with Israel to prepare you for active involvement in Jewish life when you return home.
 
Applications due by March 1. Open to all Masa Israel participants.
 
 

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

Israel on My Mind: Aliyah Evening Seminar

January 10, 2013 (All day)

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Now that you've spent some real time in Israel, are you thinking about taking the next step and making Aliyah? 
Join us for an evening seminar and explore what Israel has to offer new olim. Ask questions, learn about the process and meet peers who are also considering taking the next step.

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff (Academic)

Enrichment Day for Masa Israel Program Staff (Academic)

August 29, 2012 (All day)  -  August 30, 2012 (All day)

  TBA, Israel  - 

Are you a staff member of one of Masa Israel's acadmic programs?
Join us for an enrichment day designed just for you! Meet other program staff, share ideas and experiences, take part in team-building exercises, and learn conflict resolution techniques, marketing skills, and much more.
 
For staff of acadmic/study abroad programs

MasaFest 2012 featuring the Idan Raichel Project

MasaFest 2012 featuring the Idan Raichel Project

October 29, 2012 - 19:00

  Jerusalem, Israel  - 

Join us as we kick off the 2012 – 2013 season! Meet new friends from all over the world and begin your journey with the rest of the Masa Israel Community.
Idan Raichel is a widely acclaimed Israeli singer/songwriter and founder of the Idan Raichel Project.
 
Cost – 40 NIS
 

Elbows Up

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For three months I studied at the Masa Israel-accredited Hebrew University in Jerusalem, doing a semester exchange during my third year of law school at the University of Windsor in Canada. 
 
From the time I first learned about the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, I knew I would choose Israel.
 

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). 
 

For more information, please contact Vatel Team: masa@vatel.co.il

 

 
 

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.