Rothberg’s summer abroad courses go beyond the classroom. Along with students from over 90 countries, you’ll enjoy a packed schedule with exciting seminars, local trips, and fun activities.
Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as mature learners with academic backgrounds, can enjoy these courses in winter and summer.
If you want to get the most of your summer, you can combine courses from both July and August sessions.
All courses at HebrewU’s RIS are accredited and taught in English.
Scroll down for the July summer schedule to see which summer courses can be combined together in July.
+ June Session
This course is designed to provide you with a sufficient knowledge of Biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax, and vocabulary to read Biblical prose with the aid of a dictionary at the beginner level.
An intensive study of elementary, intermediate, and advanced colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic.
Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience
In this course on trauma & resilience, you’ll engage with both theoretical literature and real-world case studies to learn the fundamentals of the field: consequences of trauma, healthy coping processes, possible pathological consequences, and the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. An optional third week of clinical training is offered for professionals interested in developing skills in the field. (48530 & 48531)
+ July Session
The course provides a study of the term “smart cities” in addition to aspects and implications of the future cities on human social, economic, and environmental systems in a technological and historical view.
Discovering Israel Through the Lens: Photographing a Multicultural Society
Learn the methods and skills for exploring local Israeli culture and landscapes through photographic practice. You’ll discover various community projects, observe the complexity and diversity of Israeli society, and document what you see with photos.
The Politics of Planning in Multicultural Cities: The Case of Jerusalem
You’ll explore the contours of the city, its ethnic makeup, and the political developments that shaped it, gaining a better understanding of the dilemmas and struggles that affect contemporary city planning and urban design. (SPGE201/48882)
Understanding Identities: Immigration & Cultural Diversity from the Israeli Experience
You will learn about the history and politics of immigration in Israel in order to understand how a diverse and multicultural society deals with influxes of new immigrant groups over time.
Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study
You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and examine classic studies on conflict resolution, social and clinical psychology, and law. (SPCR202/48457)
The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel
You’ll learn about the emergence of the State of Israel, from the late nineteenth century to today. Through various field trips, you’ll explore key issues of nation-state building; the triangular conflict between the Zionists, British, and Arabs; and the emergence of religious, ethnic, and national tensions. (SPIS201/48775)
The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
You’ll explore pivotal events in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the early twentieth century to the present, looking at the evolution of the conflict between Arab states, the Palestinians, and the Zionist movement; the Arab-Israeli wars; and peace negotiations and treaties between Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. (SPCR205/48499)
Between Hamas & ISIS: Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East
You’ll examine major contemporary Islamist movements in the Middle East, focusing on their ideologies and motivations, their relationship to traditional Islamic thought, and how they interact with modernity. (SPME2011/48782)
Jewish Spirituality and Mysticism in the 21st Century
A study of the influence of Jewish mysticism on contemporary spirituality, new-age thought, religious cross-fertilization, art, cinema, and politics. (SPJT205/48892)
Learn how the global energy market operates and how it affects the politics of the Middle East. You’ll discover the complexities involved in energy policy formulation and its profound impact on the security, economy and foreign policy of Israel, Iran, and the Arab countries of the region.
+ August Session
Archaeology of the New Testament
This specially designed course reviews and analyzes the archaeological record of Christian activity in the Holy Land, from the time of Jesus to the Crusades. You’ll participate in field trips to Jerusalem, the Galilee, and the Judean Desert. (SPAR201/48784)
Religion in the Holy Land: Faith’s Role in Peace & Conflict
This course illuminates the contribution of religion to peace and conflict in the Holy Land. Meeting with religious leaders and interfaith activists and visiting holy sites, you’ll learn about the role of faith in promoting and impeding opportunities for peace. (SPRL201/48891)
The Riddle of Jerusalem:Uncovering the Mysteries of the Holy City
Through numerous field trips to sites throughout Jerusalem, you’ll explore the city in its various stages of development: from Biblical times to the Middle Ages, and onward to the present. (SPAR202/48794)
+ Winter Session
Israeli & International Law: Mishpatim Seminar
This course introduces students to the Israeli legal system, while focusing on current issues at the core of the Israeli legal debate. As a participant, you’ll examine key questions related to the identity of the Israeli state, including Jerusalem, the interaction with the Palestinian population in Israel and in the Occupied Territories, and the status of refugees. You’ll learn in both an academic environment and via several field trips, allowing you to experience first-hand the workings of the Israeli legal system.
Deepen your knowledge of key concepts and the basic structures of venture-backed deals and gain insight into the ways that technologies such as AI, Bio-Engineering, Cyber, IoT, 3D printing, and blockchain will impact our world in the next decade through an exploration of various examples of investment opportunities in Israeli start-ups.
+ Other Summer Programs
Biblical Archaeology in Israel
The Bible remains the best-selling book of all time and a source of inspiration, devotion, and history. But how does it stack up against the archaeological record? This course uncovers the rich history of Israel and the ancient Near East from settlement in Canaan to the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, with a fascinating mix of lectures and field trips.
International Summer Program in Economics Education (ISEE)
Designed for international undergraduate and M.A. students with a background in economics, this program helps students explore the various branches of economics and gain research skills needed for advanced graduate studies in economics. (SPEC201/48789)
You’ll get a first-hand perspective on the rising challenges and opportunities of coexistence in a post-Arab Spring Middle East. You’ll go on fascinating field trips and engage in dialogue with regional players, helping you gain personal insight into the religious, cultural, and political forces shaping the changing reality of the region. (SPME2010/48795)
You’ll gain insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through exposure to a wide range of narratives, realities, and initiatives. By visiting key sites and engaging with government officials, religious experts, and political and NGO activists, you’ll acquire a broader understanding of the conflict. (SPME209/48779)
In this course, you’ll explore how burgeoning technologies could impact our lives, industries, and society in the next 5-15 years. You’ll also meet researchers and inventors who have developed some of the latest breakthrough technologies in Israel. (SPEC203/48788)
You’ll master the essentials of entrepreneurship and innovation via the first-hand experience of successful Israeli innovators. Meet with serial start-up founders, industry specialists, and senior personnel from innovative R&D centers, and learn practical models, tools, and methodologies for launching start-up companies. (SPEC202/48787)
Transdisciplinary Innovation Program (TIP)
The Transdisciplinary Innovation Program (TIP) is a new, cutting-edge international program that provides an intense educational experience that integrates computer vision, big data/cyber, and bioengineering. The program offers an unprecedented opportunity to personally interact with Nobel laureates, to work in heterogeneous teams under the mentorship of leading scientists and entrepreneurs, and to pitch ideas to investors. (SPSC201/48885)
HUJI Science Internship Program
This summer internship program offers senior undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain cutting-edge research experience in a wide variety of scientific fields while earning academic credit. Participants will work in a state-of-the-art laboratory under the guidance of leading Hebrew University scientists participating in the program.
Archaeological Field Schools
Spend your summer participating in important archaeological excavations throughout Israel, and earn credit at the same time. You can choose from archaeological digs from a variety of different periods in Israel’s history.
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We offer courses and programs in a variety of fields, with a focus on social and political sciences, Israel and the Middle East, languages, religion, fine and performing arts, business and legal studies, and STEM.
The Real Jerusalem
Live on-campus with international and Israeli students – including a staff of Israeli students who help you navigate life in Jerusalem. This vibrant city will be your second classroom, full of trips and tours.
Apply online to begin your adventure in Jerusalem at the highest-ranked university in Israel.