A New Year, A New Community

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By Chris Khoury, Michigan State University student, studying abroad at the Rothberg International School – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
Rosh Hashanah. The new year. This was the first time that I observed the holiday, and being in Jerusalem made it all the more incredible. The holiday was eerily appropriate, coinciding with the start of my year-long study abroad in Jerusalem—truly the start of very new year for me.
 

American students bring Thanksgiving's message of coexistence to the Middle East

American students bring Thanksgiving's message of coexistence to the Middle East

November 21, 2011

This Thanksgiving, holiday traditions and messages are going farther than the family dinner table. 
In fact, they are going all the way to the Middle East as American young adults spending time abroad will be spreading the message of coexistence throughout diverse communities by recreating the Thanksgiving feast from their childhood. 
 
Masa Israel Journey, a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Government, sends more than 6,000 young Americans to Israel each year to study, intern, and volunteer, as well as spread a peaceful and harmonious message. Diverse groups of people such as Arabs, Israeli Jews, Palestinians, Europeans, and American peers are all positively affected by the introduction and blending of Thanksgiving traditions.
 
 

Haifa University

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Program Description

The Year/Semester Abroad program at the University of Haifa grants you an unparalleled study abroad experience that combines challenging academics with the opportunity to immerse yourself in an Israeli university. International students can choose to attend the program for one semester or for a full academic year and are expected to take three to five courses each semester.
 
All of the courses in the International School are taught in English and are fully accredited. Students who are proficient in Hebrew are welcome to take courses in all other departments of the university.
 

For more information , please contact:

Admissions Department +972-4-828-8728
 

Jerusalem Sounds

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Program Description

Jerusalem Sounds, a program of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School (RIS), includes a full music program consisting of individual instruction, performance in small and large ensembles and classes in Jewish and Israeli music.
 
You can also choose from a wide range of university courses in Religious, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Studies, as well as Hebrew Language. 
 

Hebrew University Undergraduate Study Abroad - 2nd to 4th Year Students

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Program Description

Imagine immersing yourself in Jerusalem’s archaeology while walking its streets, examining its ancient walls, and exploring its historic buildings. Picture yourself studying the politics of the Middle East in one of its most dynamic and controversial cities. Established in 1955, the Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers the oldest and largest Undergraduate Study Abroad Program in Israel. It is open to international students who have completed an academic year in their home school and who have the desire to study in Israel for a semester or a full year.
 
A large variety of courses are offered in English in Religious, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Business, Psychology, Law, Brain and Behavioral Sciences. In addition to special study tracks, programs are available in Art, Dance, Music, Film, Journalism, Arabic, Bioengineering as well as informal Jewish Education. Students earn transferable credits, and have the opportunity to partake in internships or an independent study. The program begins with a summer or winter Ulpan (Hebrew language study) and continues with a minimum of 15 academic credits per semester. Students with a proficiency level of Hebrew, can also take courses in Hebrew at The Hebrew University’s faculties.
 

For more information, contact:

Arlene Gorodenchik
Tel: 972-2-5882610

Wash U. Among Top Universities Picked For Study Abroad Grants for Programs in Israel

Wash U. Among Top Universities Picked For Study Abroad Grants for Programs in Israel

October 4, 2011

Washington University’s Olin Business School is one of eight top American universities chosen to receive a $25,000 grant for study abroad programs in Israel in 2011 and 2012. 
The funding comes, in part, from Jewish Federation of St. Louis through the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and Masa Israel Journey, a New York non- profit supported by the Israeli government and JAFI. JAFI is a Jewish Federation of St. Louis international beneficiary agency.
 
Masa Israel Journey provides simple access to gap year, study abroad, post-college, and volunteer programs in Israel and helps participants navigate the entire process. 
 
The Olin Business School is partnering with the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzlilya, which teaches information technology and global markets. “Olin was chosen because we’ve been able to create study programs in Israel that focus on business administration and entrepreneurship,” said Steve Malter,Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Development & Strategic Initiatives, undergraduate programs at Olin Business School. 
 
“Our goal specifically is to examine how the Israeli economy has performed so well. There is so much going on in business. This is a country with few natural resources and almost no geographic trading partners that experiences tremendous economic success on a worldwide scale,” Dr. Malter pointed out. He explained that for the semester IDC program, the students take courses, intern, conduct original research and write a paper. “Three students participated last year working for start-up companies that were acquired for tens of millions of dollars when the students were in Israel. Talk about an experience that can’t be taught anywhere else…"
 
 

Bar Ilan University Mechina- Pre Academic Program

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Program Description

The Mechina (preparatory) Program at Bar-Ilan University is an intensive year of study aimed at preparing participants for academic life in Israel. Mechina consists of intensive Hebrew language study (approximately 25 hours per week), followed by two academic semesters of 30 hours of intensive Hebrew language study plus Jewish Studies, mathematics or statistics, Israeli geography and government, and introductory level academic courses based on possible career choices.
 
You will apply to a regular department at the start of the second semester. Immigrant students with no background in Judaism must study three very basic noncredit courses as a prerequisite for taking the regular Jewish Studies courses.
 

Aardvark Israel

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Program Description

Get ready for our trendy, young, hip, urban experience.  Aardvark Israel offers 5 and 9 month programs located in the two most exciting cities on the planet: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Live in apartments, find your passion through interning or volunteering, earn college credit, and explore the country.
 
With a high staff-to-student ratio, we offer personal attention enabling us to build tailor-made modular programming for our international student population. Additional enrichment options include law and government, entrepreneurship, psychology and health, army, sea sports, and digital art and media. For the more adventurous, consider Aardvark International where you live in Israel and visit eight countries: Norway, Spain, Ireland, China, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, and Holland.  For the more spiritual, check out our co-ed Jewish learning program designed to make Judaism fun and fresh.
 
Please refer to the Aardvark Israel website for complete list of prices.
 

Ariel University ATZil

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Program Description

Ariel University Center of Samaria is at the forefront of a dramatic change that is taking place in higher education in Israel. Located in the City of Ariel, a bustling community of 20,000 people in the Samarian hills, the University Center is helping to pioneer a new future for Israel and its younger generation. Established in 1982, the University Center has since grown and diversified to meet the new challenges of a burgeoning society with rapidly changing needs.
 
Ariel University Center of Samaria is the largest of its kind and one of the fastest-growing academic institutions in the country, with 8,500 students, representing the full spectrum of Israeli society: Jew & Arab, secular & observant, new immigrant & veteran Israeli. Students from across the country attend the University Center, with 70% coming from the greater Tel Aviv area and central Israel and the remainder from northern and southern Israel. As such, the school is a truly national institution and serves as a “melting pot” for all levels of Israel's society.
 
As a demonstratively Zionist institution, the University Center has two key requirements: every student must study one course per semester on some aspect of Judaism, Jewish heritage or Land of Israel studies, and the Israeli flag must be displayed in every classroom, laboratory and auditorium on campus.

 

 

Ben-Gurion University Ginsburg-Ingerman

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Program Description

The semester and year-long programs at Ben Gurion University (BGU) are designed for college students seeking a formative academic period of study in Israel. At BGU, you will study Hebrew language and choose from a variety of English-language courses in Jewish studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, archeology of the Middle East, ecology, the arts, and environmental studies.
 
You may also enroll in courses in a number of academic disciplines that are offered in English by other departments. You may supplement your coursework with independent study and volunteer opportunities. Available concentrations: Anthropology and Sociology of the Middle East, Global Health Studies, Jewish and Israel Studies, Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice.