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  • Locations: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: HC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Suggested GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Residence Hall Community Based Learning: No
Ability to work abroad: No Program Exception Flag: None
Program Sponsorship: RIS Earned Academic Credit: Yes
Program Description:


Rothberg International School at Hebrew University, Jerusalem

DATES:  The estimated dates for Summer 2018 are Monday, July 2 - Thursday, July 26, 2018

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  The Rothberg International School at Hebrew University offers summer courses in a number of areas.  

NOTE:  Summer courses for 2018 have not been announced yet.  Course offerings and dates don't vary much from year-to-year, so the listings below are still a good representation of course offerings.  The following were course offerings for Summer 2017:

The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel
The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice:  Israel as a Case Study
Between Hamas & ISIS:  Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East
The Politics of Planning in Multicultural Cities:  The Case of Jerusalem
Collective Memory & Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel
Uncovering Jerusalem:  A Historical & Archaeological Survey
Coexistence in the Middle East
Narratives & Realities:  Inside the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel & the Post Arab-Spring:  An Interactive View of the New Middle East
Religion in the Holy Land:  Faith's Role in Peace & Conflict (NOTE:  This is an August session course)

Also, offerings in the following areas:

Hebrew and Arabic Language Studies:  Courses include Biblical Hebrew (Elementary, Intermediate); Modern Hebrew (five levels of courses); and Modern Standard Arabic (Elementary, Intermediate - placement exam to be completed and submitted with application).  Language classes are intensive, running 4 1/2 hours and day, and usually preclude any other courses.

Archaeological Field Schools:  The length of these digs varies from 3-5 weeks.  Applications must be done directly to each field school.  See the Archaeological Field Schools site, https://overseas/ for more information.  Students live near the sites, not in Jerusalem.

  • Biblical Tel Hazor:  Tel Hazor is the largest biblical tel in the Land of Israel.  Excavations here concentrate on the Israelite (Iron Age) and the Canaanite (Bronze Age) periods.  Located in the Hula Valley, 20 miles north of the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias, near Rosh Pina.

  • Khirbet El-Eika (Hellenistic Galilee): On a high isolated mountain overlooking the Arbel Valley and the Sea of Galilee.  This site contains remains from the Hellenistic period (4th - 2nd centuries BCE).  Not much information is known about this era regarding material culture, settlement patterns and ethnic identities.  This excavation is meant to shed light on these areas.

  • Tel Lachish:  One of the most famous archaeological sites in the Near East, mentioned in various historical documents.  It was the second most important city after Jerusalem.

  • Tel Abel Beth Maacah:  An unexcavated major tel in the Upper Galilee, at the northern end of the Huleh Valley, just west of Dan, and at the ancient juncture of Aram, Israel and Phoenicia.  Remains cover the period from the third to the first millenia BCE, as well as from the Classical and Medieval periods.

  • Tiberias:  Located in the heart of the ancient city of Tiberias.  Founded in 19 C.E. by King Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, as  the new capital of his kingdom.

CREDIT:  The program will count as one Holy Cross course credit.  If appropriate, courses taken at Hebrew University may be used to fulfill a Holy Cross major, minor, concentration or common area requirement.

HOUSING and MEALS:  Students live primarily with other Israeli students on the campus of Mount Scopus in shared apartments with single rooms.  Meals are self-catered.

COSTS:  The estimated cost of the program is TBD, depending on the course chosen.  The cost includes round-trip airfare, tuition, housing and course-related excursions. Students should expect to spend a minimum of $750 on meals.  The Kraft-Hiatt Program for Jewish-Christian Understanding funds one partial scholarship for a student who pursues coursework in Judaism or Jewish-Christian understanding, otherwise, financial aid is not available for this program.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, November 17, 2017 via the online application system on   Once accepted by Study Abroad, you will be given instructions for applying directly to HUJI.

***** If applying for the Kraft-Hiatt Scholarship, instead of a one-page personal essay, your essay must be at least one and one-half pages, double-spaced, showing how your course of study in Jerusalem would promote Jewish-Christian understanding.  You will also need two academic recommendations and submit the Kraft-Hiatt Scholarship form located on the Holy Cross Study Abroad online application system.

INFORMATION SESSION:  Wednesday, October 4, 2018 at 4:30 pm in Smith Hall 215 (the Study Abroad conference room)

FURTHER INFORMATION:  Contact Prof. Landy at, Prof. Avery-Peck at, Prof. Brit Smith at, call Study Abroad at 508-793-3082, or visit the Office of Study Abroad in Smith 216.




Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.