Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future

For more information: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Study Abroad Program in Israel – the Startup Nation – Summer & Winter 2024.

Please note that this program has been canceled for summer 2024


  • Discover the latest developments in clean tech, 3D printing, neuroscience, robotics, nanotech, biomedicine, genetics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous transportation.
  • Understand the impact of technology on human evolution.
  • Meet pioneering scientists and thinkers, innovative researchers, leading executives, and industry experts.
  • Be better prepared to recognize the opportunities and face the challenges of emerging technologies.

In this course, you’ll explore how breakthrough technologies might impact our lives and societies in the next 5-15 years. You’ll meet with experts who have created disruptive technologies and learn about the latest breakthroughs developed in Israel. This course is offered as part of the six-credit InnovNation Program.

This course will take you behind the scenes on visits to cutting-edge research institutes and Israel’s top tech companies. Meet with groundbreaking researchers, leading executives, and industry experts. Together, we’ll investigate the latest developments in:

  • Technology (including internet and artificial intelligence)
  • Agriculture and food
  • Water and energy
  • Materials and production
  • Transportation
  • Medicine and healthcare
  • Security

Course Components 

  • Meetings with scientists, researchers, executives, and R&D staff through guest lectures and visits to high-tech companies and research centers
  • Report on one of the breakthrough technologies studied during the course
  • 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.

View the syllabus

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

Scroll down for the July summer schedule to see which summer courses can be combined with the Breakthrough Technologies InnovNation program course.

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.

“The course gave me deeper insights into emerging technologies and also new business opportunities for cooperation between Dutch and Israeli businesses… The CEO and the professors we have met were leading figures in their area of expertise. It is quite amazing to achieve this high of a standard for an experimental course.”
Job Rosenhart
Senior Advisor, Dutch Industry Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands

“The course has allowed us a glimpse into the greatness being built in and done in Israel, a sneak peak of what is to come… The can-do attitude of the Israeli nation and the absolute and fearless determination to make a success of your start-up is something that I feel very few people have managed to instill in many South African entrepreneurs and which I will take as a core lesson from this course.”
Marrelie Le Roux
M.B.A., GIBS – University of Pretoria, South Africa

“InnovNation is such an amazing program. For the whole month, I have immersed myself in the world of entrepreneurship and technologies. By visiting numerous companies and meeting with various Israeli experts, I have gained a broad view of how Israeli companies grow in the global market. I have also seen the significant role of technologies in shaping our life. This program is indeed one of the most unforgettable experiences in my life.”
Yaqing Tang
Entrepreneur & B.Sc., The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Read more about the student learning experience, and check out our photo gallery on Facebook.

Summer 2024

 Apply by:  May 1, 2024
 Arrive on campus: July 1, 2024
 Program length: Four weeks

Application fee: US$ 120
Tuition fee:US$ 2,000**
Paid to RIS: US$ 342
Paid to IBH: US$ 1,658**
Housing: US$ 850

*Depending on availability
**Subject to Min exchange rate of 3.3 USD to NIS

The InnovNation 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.

A 10% discount on the tuition fee for one of the InnovNation summer program courses is offered by IBH to students who complete their application by February 14, 2024, and who complete payment by March 14, 2024. Students who apply for both courses of the InnovNation program will receive the 10% discount on one of the courses only.

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.


Please note that this course is part of the InnovNation program that consists of two courses that are designed to complement each other through different visits and meetings. If you are able to, we highly recommend that you enroll in the second course: Start-Ups and Innovation: The Israeli Model  as well, as most participants do.

We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. See our application guidelines or apply online now.

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. 


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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Call us: +972 2 588 2602

Find More Summer Courses

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


Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future (SPEC203/48788)

Program Director:

Mr. Javier Gelbwaser

Teaching Faculty:

Dr. Elishai Ezra Tsur

Language of Instruction:



Academic hours: 45
Credits: 3

Course Dates:

Summer: Canceled for 2024


Students, entrepreneurs, or professionals who have completed at least one year of study in an approved field (see Eligibility)

Application Deadline:

Canceled for 2024


Application fee: US$ 120
Tuition: US$ 2,000**
Paid to RIS: US$ 342
Paid to IBH: US$ 1,658**
Housing: US $850*

*Depending on availability
**Subject to Min exchange rate of 3.3 USD to NIS

Relevant Academic Fields:

Technology, innovation, science, business, entrepreneurship

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