The Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs specializes in developing, implementing and hosting short-term academic programs for students, adults and professional groups in conjunction with universities, institutions, and organizations from around the world. These tailor-made programs vary in duration, intensity, and timeline, and generally consist of lectures, seminars, and accompanying field study trips throughout Israel.
The following is an overview of the special programs that will be hosted by the Rothberg International School during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Please note: for information on participation in one of our special programs, please contact the program coordinator directly (click on the specific program for contact details).
Winter: December 27, 2016 - January 10, 2017
Summer: July 4 - July 26, 2016
This program offers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges and complexities of coexistence in Israel, the Holy Land for Christians, Jews and Muslims; a key point of interest and dispute for the international community, and the homeland shared and claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Through extensive field trips and first-hand interaction with senior representatives of different disciplines, students gain exposure to a wide variety of people, narratives and perspectives.
January 4 – 24, 2017
The Bible remains the best-selling book of all time; 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.
January 8 - January 27, 2017
The academic aim of this seminar is to introduce the students to the Israeli legal system, while focusing on current issues at the core of the Israeli legal debate. The course will allow to students to 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. The course will include several field trips allowing the students to experience first-hand the workings of the Israeli legal system.
January 2 - 17, 2017
Israel is a religiously, politically and culturally diverse society searching for both traditional and new methods for resolving disputes that arise among individuals and communities. Studying law and conflict resolution in Jerusalem provides a fresh perspective on the interaction of law and religion, and challenges assumptions and beliefs.
March 1 - June 29, 2016
Innovative program offered by the Hebrew University and ORT Braude College. The semester-long program, conducted in English, is designed for engineering students in their third or fourth year of studies.
A six-month program designed by the Home for Bible Translators and the Hebrew University, specifically for Bible translators. The Spring 2017 program provides a home-like atmosphere wherein knowledge of the Hebrew Bible can be deepened and is open for English speaking translators and consultants who have already acquired basic knowledge of Hebrew.
March 22- May 29, 2016
The University of Chicago's spring-quarter Jerusalem program provides students in the College with an opportunity to study Middle Eastern Civilizations in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Participants also take a fourth course in “practical” Modern Hebrew or Arabic language at the appropriate level.
April 30 - May 13, 2016
This course provides some of the main theories of conflict management and resolution in the field of international relations with special emphasis on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
May 1 - 19, 2016
This three-week seminar aims to provide Canadian business and law students with an overview of the contemporary Israeli legal system, while enabling them to discover the major social and economic challenges that Israel has grappled with in recent years.
June-July 2016: 4 weeks (can be extended on consultation with supervisor).
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.
Students intern for 40 hours per week.
July 4 - July 26, 2016
InnovNation is a special program which seeks to expose students, professionals and entrepreneurs from all over the globe to Israel's booming high tech industries and wealth of creativity. This is achieved via courses that combine theoretical know-how with the insights and experience of Israel’s top innovative companies and entrepreneurs.
June 2- August 4, 2016
In this program Yale College coordinates internship positions for students to work in over 20 cities around the globe. Yale undergraduate students have an opportunity to work internationally for nine weeks over the summer. Internships are offered in a variety of career fields, including the arts, politics, global health, technology, community advocacy, finance, journalism, and law.
June 20 - July 19, 2016
Don't Just See the World...Cover It! Go beyond the headlines and get the real story on Israel in this hands-on, four-week international reporting program in Jerusalem, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Students will learn how to develop sources, conduct interviews and work with an interpreter and then report on the city around them, publishing their work on a professional-quality website.
June 26, 2016 - August 18 2016
The Trans-disciplinary Innovation Program (TIP) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a new cutting edge international platform, which provides intense educational program that weaves together computer vision, big-data/cyber and bioengineering, following with an unprecedented opportunity to personally interact with Nobel Laureates, to work in heterogenous teams with mentorship of leading scientists and entrepreneurs and to pitch ideas to investors.
July 4 - 26, 2016
This Jewish Studies Program offers students the opportunity to earn eight credits in the arts and humanities or social sciences while living and studying in Jerusalem. The program is designed for students interested in learning first-hand about the history, politics, society, and culture of Israel. Students at other colleges and universities are also welcome to apply through MSU for credits to be transferred to their home institutions.
July 3 - 14, 2016
July 17 - 21, 2016
This course presents a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field and presents both theory and research. Students learn about the consequences of trauma, healthy coping processes, possible pathological consequences as well as the risks of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, related distress and potential protective factors. Additional topics covered include trauma in the military, building resilience in the wake of trauma and war, medical trauma, the trauma of immigration, and vicarious trauma. The Israeli perspective and experience is highlighted.
An optional third week of clinical training is offered for clinicians interested in developing their clinical skills in the field.
July 11 – August 11, 2016
A five-week Summer School in Economics will be offered by the Department of Economics of the Hebrew University, earmarked for international undergraduate and MA students with a background in Economics.
July 28 – August 11, 2016
In this program students examine the distribution of available water resources among different users and sectors within Israel and beyond its borders. The course focuses on technological, legal and institutional mechanism to resolve the water conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. In cooperation with the University of Toronto
Summer of 2016
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) connects MIT students and faculty with research and innovation around the world. MISTI works with hundreds of partners in Israel in academia and industry to offer MIT undergrads, grad students and recent alumni tailored internships (3-12 months) and opportunities in every major.