Israel & the Post-Arab Spring: An Interactive View of the New Middle East


  • Explore the opportunities and threats presented by a changing Middle East.
  • Meet with a diverse range of key regional actors via site visits and guest lectures.
  • Consider Israel as a meeting point between Western and Middle Eastern civilizations, in the context of the post-Arab Spring.
  • Gain personal insight into the religious, cultural, and political forces shaping the changing reality of the region.

This course offers a first-hand perspective on the rising challenges and opportunities in a post-Arab Spring Middle East, from Israel’s unique vantage point. Through field study and dialogue with influential figures and international experts, you will gain personal insight into the ongoing changes in the region and their influence on Israel’s future. This course is offered as part of the nine-credit Coexistence in the Middle East Program.

The topics we will explore include: new opportunities and challenges in a changing Middle East, Jerusalem and the role of religion and faith in the Middle East, questions of the Arab Spring, Iran and the nuclear program, Syria’s civil war and Lebanon, Egypt after the Mubarak regime, the international community and the Middle East, and refugees and new media.

Course Components 

  • Site visits and field trips
  • Meetings and conversations with key regional actors, including diplomats, government officials, religious leaders, NGO activists, and academic experts
  • Class readings and discussions
  • Final term paper

Professionals who are not interested in the academic credit may opt out of submitting the final paper and receive an audit grade (Active Participation grade) but must still attend all classes and field trips, and complete any assignment throughout the course. This option is also possible for students who are not interested in academic credit.

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For more information, see the brochure or sign up for updates with the Coexistence program.

Please note that academic field trips vary in length as well as levels of accessibility. For field trip-related questions and more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

“I gained first-hand experience of what is happening in the real world. Not what politicians say, but what people say! I heard narratives from both Israeli and Palestinian families who lost their loved ones in conflict, young soldiers, and more. We really got to experience the human side of the conflict.”
Tinghua Zhou
PhD candidate, Monash University & United Nations intern and roster, China

“Two words: life changing. I think the program exceeded my expectations in every way. I was consistently blown away by the access we were given to prestigious individuals and institutions at the very center of the political, religious, and cultural life of Israel… This course will continue to shape and transform the way that I approach politics, faith, and activism long into the future.”
Angel Collie
Master of Divinity, Yale University, USA

Dates & deadlines: TBD

Application fee: US $120

Tuition fee: TBD

Housing: TBD*

*Depending on availability

The Coexistence program is offered in collaboration with Israel Beyond the Headlines (IBH).

Tuition, for both Summer and Winter sessions, is to be paid in two separate payments to Rothberg International School and IBH.

Learn more about fees, cost of living, and paying for the program.

For more information on Israel Beyond the Headlines’ method and terms of payment, please see here. For Rothberg International School financial information, see here.


A limited number of scholarships based on demonstrated need or merit are available.

Learn also about financial aid offered by IBH.

This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to mature learners with an academic background. You must be currently registered at or have been accepted to a recognized college or university or have successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited institution of higher education. English-language fluency is also required.


We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. You can choose to take this course together with one of the other two courses in our Coexistence in the Middle East Program:

Taken together, these courses offer a more complete and valuable experience. To apply to the program, please select any or all of the courses from the list of “Summer Courses” in the online application. See our application guidelines.

Please note:

  • You may switch from a summer course to this program until up to two weeks before the summer course/ program begins.
  • See here for more information about visas.

Look here for the 2024 Summer Courses Schedule:


We’re happy to answer any questions you might have – or to chat for a bit to help you choose the right course or program.

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Please note that HebrewU reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient registration.

If you would like to take a Coexistence or an InnovNation course together with our regular summer courses, please contact us.

Fast Facts


Israel and the Post-Arab Spring (SPME2010/48795)

Teaching Faculty:

Dr. Nir Boms

Language of Instruction:



Academic hours: 45
Credits: 3

Course Dates: 

Dates TBD


Undergraduate and graduate students; mature learners with an academic background

Application Deadline:




Relevant Academic Fields:

Conflict resolution, history, international relations, military theory, politics, religion, sociology

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