Serling Institute for Jewish Studies & Modern Israel at Hebrew University

Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Program Type: Faculty-directed

Semester: Summer

This study abroad program is located in Jerusalem, an ancient city sacred to three major religions, and a modern capital city at the center of some of the world’s most challenging political dilemmas.

This program is located in Jerusalem, an ancient city sacred to three major religions, and the capital of Israel. Students will take two courses, “The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel” (MC 290 /IAH 211D / JS 390) examining contemporary Israeli history, politics and society, and “Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Israel” (ISS 330B / MC 290 / MC 390), examining the way Israeli institutions and people deal with the great diversity of its population.

Each course combines classroom instruction with multiple field trips, where students will observe and interview people in central areas in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, visit communities and institutions in different parts of the country, and learn about many of the political and social intricacies of this complex country. The program is intended for students who want to investigate issues related to their academic and personal interests, especially around historical, social, political, and equality issues. The program and all scholarships are open to students of all disciplines and majors, regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.

Substantial financial assistance is available for this program. A $3,000 Levy Scholarship for Study in Israel is available to any student who will have completed one year of study at MSU by the program start date. Visit the Levy Scholarship web page for more information or to apply for the scholarship.