Studying Abroad in Jerusalem: Yom Kippur, Hasidism and a Bedouin Wedding

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Lauren Swersky always had a feeling that she would end up in Israel when it came time for the University of California, Davis junior to study abroad, though she explored all the options available. “I was very involved in Jewish life growing up, and I was always looking for opportunities to go back to Israel,” she explained.



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Tel Aviv University International - Independent Research / Study Track (IRST)

Program Description

The Research/Study Track (IRST henceforth) is open to young academics above the age of 18 from all over the world. The program constitutes a flexible framework that enables each participant to follow his own passion in the academic arena of Tel Aviv University (TAU) while at the same time experiencing Israel and Tel Aviv City to the fullest.
The participants must coordinate independently their project/ research in Tel Aviv University in advance of their enrollment to the program. Participants such as: accepted visiting researchers, exchange students, and interns, will have the opportunity to participate in IRST as a supplemental framework for the duration of 4 to 12 months. In cases of longer study periods, it is possible to participate in IRST for part of the stay in Israel.


IRST is designed for those who are looking to combine a Masa long-term academic program, and have a more independent experience in the University and Israel. Participants will be fully emerged in the co-curricular plan organized by the social staff of TAU International. This will include social gatherings, special events, trips, volunteering opportunities and more.


Tel Aviv University International - Semester in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Business in Israel

Program Description

This program provides real-world experience, entrepreneurial know-hows, and professional guidance. Program integrates Israeli and international business students as they take classes taught in English by Israel’s leading business academics and professionals. As well as the core courses students also take Hebrew Language classes to ensure social comfort and immersion.


The program is operated in partnership with TAU’s Recanati Business School. The world-renowned school prepares students with the methodologies and skill set they need to succeed in today’s business world.
The Program is supported by the StarTau Entrepreneurship Center, TAU’s non-profit organization that educates and mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and connects them to Israeli businesses. By choosing to come study in the middle of the middle east, in a country that is known as the Start-Up Nation, and by living in Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial and technological capital, you will be immersed in a world of innovated executives and trailblazing companies.

Update from Masa Israel

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Over the last few days, Israeli population centers have been targeted by rocket fire from Gaza, and the Israel Defense Forces have launched Operation Protective Edge, with the aim of restoring stability to Israeli civilians. The safety and security of Masa Israel Journey program participants, staff and partners is our top priority.

4 Hidden Treasures of Tel Aviv - in Mini Israel

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by Maria Olshanskaya, WUJS Israel intern
Even if you’ve been to Israel a dozen times, the seemingly kitschy exhibit at Mini Israel might reveal to you the hidden gems you’ve been missing on prior visits.

Masa Israel Connections: Online Networking Event

Masa Israel Connections: Online Networking Event

July 9, 2014 - 11:00

  Online  - 

Connect with fellow alumni in your field or city at our online networking event on July 9!

At Masa Israel Journey, we know that getting started in a community can be tough. We want to help make that easier by providing you with the best resources another! During the Masa Israel Connections Event you will:

  • Connect with Masa Israel alumni living in or returning to your area. 
  • Share your amazing experiences from Israel with someone who has done it before and truly gets it. 
  • Begin to Build your ideas for the future.

Alumni: Do you have experience to share with current participants about transitioning back or do you yourself want to get involved locally? Connect with current participants or meet with seasoned alumni.

Current Participants: Are you starting to think about returning home? You will make useful connections that will help you transition. 

Through the event you will have a chance to connect with alumni based on where they are currently. Connect with as many communities as you like to meet people and hear about opportunities. You never know what you might learn!

Click here to sign up!


IDC - MA in Finacial Economics

Program Description

The purpose of this 14 months program is to provide in-depth training in both Economics and Finance in order to prepare students for jobs in the financial sector. The program provides quantitative tools and deep knowledge in economics, finance and risk management. It also trains students for diverse positions as senior economists and analysts in financial institutions and for financial management positions in business companies, investment houses, asset management companies, pension funds, public institutions, regulatory bodies and more.
The total duration for IDC - MA in Finacial Economics is 14 months.


Masa grants and scholarships are given for the first 10 months, according to the dates mentioned below.  


North America

Natalie Golan
Head of North American Recruitment

(212) 213-5962


Israel & Abroad

Jasmin Saydof

Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator 



*Please note that receiving a Masa scholarship does not imply automatic acceptance to IDC.  The IDC application is a separate process and acceptance is dependent on meeting academic criteria.  




•World renowned lecturers from leading universities in Israel and across the world with rich academic and research experience.
•Optional study trip to London where students will have the opportunity to contact international financial companies and be exposed to their work methods.
• Option of research track with M.A. thesis, or a study track without a thesis.
• The program has an advisory committee comprised of senior personnel in financial-economic fields in the Israeli and global markets. The committee assists in the formation of the academic program and advises on how to adapt the curriculum to the ever-changing needs of the market, and how to best prepare the students for integration in the job market.
• Classes will consist of both veteran Israelis and international students.
• Studies will be held two days a week in the afternoons in six mini semesters of six weeks each, with two-week exam periods in between.

Hebrew University Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program

Program Description

This exciting joint initiative of Harvard University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is designed for outstanding students in their third and fourth years of study who are looking for a unique intellectual challenge. Participants study together with Israelis in advanced-level courses offered in English by various departments of the Hebrew University. Hebrew and Arabic language classes are available at different levels of expertise. Students experience Israel through field trips, social encounters with prominent Israelis, supervised internships, independent research projects and a variety of extracurricular activities. The program runs from mid-January to late June. 

Oranim M. Teach

Program Description

This program is conducted in Russian.