Study Abroad in Israel Informational Meeting

October 22, 2012 - 6:30pm
Location: 
C203 Snyder Hall
362 Bogue Street, Snyder Hall, Second Floor
East Lansing, MI 48825
United States

Interested in environmental sustainability and desert ecology? Interested in Middle East cultures and politics? Interested in experiencing the diverse cultures and environments of Israel? On Monday, October 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Snyder C203, come learn about three options to study abroad in Israel.

Professor Eric Aronoff of the RCAH will discuss the environmentally-oriented program, Nature, Culture, and Environmental Sustainability in a Green Israel.  Participants in this program will explore and experience, through hands-on activities, environmental challenges in Israel and creative solutions being tried to meet them, as well as examining more broadly ideas of nature and the environment in Israeli culture. Two sessions are available:  one 3-week, 4 to 6 credit session will run from June 9 through June 26, and will travel throughout the country to explore a variety of ecosystems and environmental challenges; an additional 3-week session is available for students to return to the ecovillage Kibbutz Lotan for an additional 3-week civic engagement project in July.

Professor Yael Aronoff will also be on hand to discuss her study abroad program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 27 through July 29, 2013. In her program, she will focus on Israeli politics and society, taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by being in the country to meet the political leaders, activists,  NGO workers, and leaders of social movements, and visiting the sites, that students will study. Participating students will also take a class on the history of modern Israel.  Credit in a variety of majors is available.

Deadline for participation in both programs is March 1. In the past, students have chosen to take both programs back-to-back, as the first session of Green Israel ends just as the Hebrew University begins. Jewish Studies has very generous scholarship funds which make this among the cheapest study abroad program offered by MSU. If you have a 3.0 grade point average or higher you will apply for and likely get a Levy scholarship for $2500, which is open to all students.

Representatives from Study Abroad will also be on hand to discuss the Spring semester program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (January through June 2013). MSU and Hebrew University, aided by a MASA grant, offer a special MSU spring semester in Jerusalem, to allow students to continue to make progress in their academic programs while studying in Israel. The program is designed for majors in business, finance, journalism, communications, public affairs, political science, international relations, and the arts and humanities, as well as other majors. Levy scholarships of $3000 available for this program to students with a 3.0 grade point average or above. Students complete 6 credits of Hebrew in the first 6 weeks and then 15 credits of classes and/or internships, which can be done in English. Deadline for participation in this program is November 15.

Come and hear about all of these programs, meet the professors and ask questions!