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University of Chicago: Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations


  • Learn about Middle Eastern civilizations while experiencing the fascinating city of Jerusalem.
  • Explore sites of historical interest in Jerusalem and across Israel.
  • Study Modern Hebrew or Arabic at your skill level.
  • Enjoy the resources and activities of Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus.

The University of Chicago’s spring-quarter Jerusalem program provides you, as a University of Chicago student, with an opportunity to study Middle Eastern civilizations in one of the world’s most important cities. HebrewU’s Rothberg International School hosts the program and provides Arabic and Modern Hebrew courses for the term. Jerusalem brings to life the ancient and modern expressions of the three major Western religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

This program presents a historical survey of the sacred city and its topographies of monotheism. As a participant, you’ll learn both inside and outside the classroom, exploring sites of historical interest across Israel and studying Modern Hebrew or Arabic language.


During this program you’ll remain registered as a full-time student at University of Chicago. You will take and receive credit for four courses: three courses in the civilization sequence and a Modern Hebrew or Modern Standard Arabic language course, provided by RIS.

Course Components

  • Weekly field trips
  • Lectures
  • Projects
  • Class discussions

Visit the University of Chicago website for full program details.

You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. From a tour of the Old City to a trip to the Dead Sea to checking out the local festivals, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel.

While residing in HebrewU dormitories with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.

Apply by: January 23, 2023
Arrive on campus: March 15, 2023
Program length: Nine weeks

Tuition is set by the University of Chicago Bursar’s Office. Check the UChicago program page for details.

Open to University of Chicago undergraduate students in good standing.


For more details, including information on how to apply, please visit the Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations – UChicago website.


Please contact Xhesika Bardhi for more information.

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Fast Facts


University of Chicago: Jerusalem in Middle Eastern Civilizations

Language of Instruction:



Credit for four courses (full-time load)

Program Dates:

March 15 – May 21, 2023


University of Chicago undergraduate students in good standing 

Application Deadline:

January 23, 2023


See University of Chicago program page

Relevant Academic Fields:

History, culture, sociology, religion, geography, languages

Take a look at our pages for prospects, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and parents – or contact us!

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