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Israel and the Middle East

The Graduate Summer Semester is designed to meet the special needs of qualified graduate students from abroad who wish to spend a summer at the Hebrew University and participate in graduate level courses in Israel and Middle East Studies. Classes are open to students enrolled in a Master's degree program, doctoral candidates or recent college graduates who have not yet commenced a program of graduate study.


Summer semester dates:  

July 10 – August 25, 2016

Courses in this area of study will take place once a week for four hours.


Course Load 

Student may choose between a full-time program and a part-time program. 

Part-time Status: Students studying in a part-time program may take up to three courses during the summer semester.  

Full-time Status: Students studying in a full-time program may take four courses or more during the summer semester.  

Students will be expected to conclude all courses for credit with a written paper. 


2016 Summer Courses:

Course descriptions can be found in the RIS Courses website 


01739 The Zionist Cultural Project
Dr. Hanan Harif
, Sundays 10:30-14:00, 2 credits

01868 Social and Cultural History of Modern Egypt
Dr. Sharon Maftzir
, Sundays 14:30-18:00, 2 credits

01712 Palestinians in Israel
Ms. Areen Hawari,
Mondays 14:15-17:45, 2 credits

01660 Israel's Defense Policy: The Limits of Military Power
Dr. Eitan Barak
, Mondays & Wednesdays 10:30-14:00, 2 credits

01930 Christians and Muslims
Dr. Merav Mack
, Tuesdays 14:30-18:00, 2 credits

01955 Music and Cultural Politics in Israel
Dr. Tanya Sermer,
Tuesdays 14:30-18:00, 2 credits

01812 The Arabic Nahda: Litterateurs, "Tradition" and "Modernity"
Ms. Nicole Khayat
, Wednesdays 14:30-18:00, 2 credits

01721 Palestinian Society in Palestine and the Diaspora: Trends of Social and Political Change
Dr. Maya Rosenfeld
, Wednesdays, 14:30-18:00, 2 credits

Admission Requirements

Qualified students with a Bachelor's degree from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students should have at least a 3.2 ("B") grade-point average or the equivalent.

Knowledge of English: Candidates who did not previously study at an educational institution where the sole language of instruction is English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test or 89 on the internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score required is a 7.


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