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  • Locations: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Amy Marrion Class Level Required for Admission: Graduate
Program Description:


This 3-credit program offers students the opportunity to spend significant time living, studying, and working in a region that is experiencing monumental social and political change. Jerusalem, as a religious and political center, serves as the base from which the students will gain a well-rounded understanding of the many issues facing Israel.

The seminar is designed to provide students with insight into Israel as a sovereign and international actor, and to the underlying dynamics of the country's unique political system, diversified culture, and myriad political, social, economic, and environmental issues. Participants learn first-hand about ongoing efforts to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel's security concerns, Arab-Israeli peacemaking, the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and the challenges brought forward by the desert ecology of the region. 

Through a combination of site visits and direct interaction with both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders (including academics, think tank scholars, and activists in NGOs), students will gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues and key debates facing Israeli society.

SIS can also help students who participate in the seminar obtain an internship with a partner organization in Israel. The internship experience is not an integrated part of the seminar program and can be done for credit, or on a non-credit bearing basis for MA students only who wish to complete their professional experience requirement.  A list of potential internship organizations can be found in the Forms section of this page. 


The program will be based in Jerusalem but students will travel extensively throughout Israel. Site visits could include locations in and around Jerusalem as well as Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and other parts of the country.


Pre-departure workshops: April/May (Date TBA)

Arrival in Tel Aviv: May 31

Seminar program and site visits: June 1 - 18

Departure from Jerusalem (seminar-only participants): June 18

Optional internships: variable dates


Expected student expenses include: AU tuition, program fee, international travel (flights), visa fee (if applicable), and most meals. 

Program fee: $1150

Students will be charged the full program fee, $2300, for their participation in the program, but all participants will receive a 50% scholarship on their student accounts to reduce this cost. The program fee reduction is provided to the students in the form of a scholarship after their initial payment of the full amount in order to avoid students paying taxes on a fee subsidization. This process has been established to be in accordance with American University and federal financial aid policies.

More information about the Summer Study Abroad Program expenses and scholarship will be provided during program specific information sessions or by emailing specific questions to the Office of International Programs (


The Program invites applications from graduate students from all majors and disciplines from American University. Graduate students who have completed at least 6 credits with interests in comparative political systems, history, gender, human rights, international communication, international politics, Middle East area studies, international security, peace and conflict resolution, international development, and environmental conservation are invited to apply. Students enrolled in graduate programs at other US-based universities and colleges are also invited to apply.


Students are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Tel Aviv. Students in the seminar will be housed in group accommodation for the duration of the seminar dates only; students staying in Israel for the optional internship component will be responsible for their own housing during the internship period.


The priority deadline for application is in February 22nd-- applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

As part of the review process, the Faculty Director may invite students to meet with him to discuss the submitted application. Enrollment may be limited to approximately 10 students. Once admitted to the program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail. At that time, students will be required to submit a deposit of $300 to SIS to secure their place in the program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/31/2017
Varies by program 05/31/2017 06/18/2017
NOTE: These are tentative program dates.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.