Arabic, English, Hebrew
- Fall: April 15—Extended to May 1
- Spring: October 15
YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.
About Rothberg International School Partnership
In addition to IFSA's signature Diversity and Coexistence offering in Jerusalem, students may choose to enroll in the full range of courses taught in English through the Rothberg International School.
Rothberg International School Partnership Benefits
- Numerous opportunities are available for Rothberg students including Needs based, Merit, and Art Merit Scholarships. Contact your program advisor for more information.
- Those who prefer an alternative to the Diversity and Coexistence program may enroll in other undergraduate programs at Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (RIS), one of the Middle East's most prestigious universities
- Take elective courses taught in English
- Live and learn near Mount Scopus in the ancient city of Jerusalem, located within easy access to transportation, supermarkets, shopping, and eateries
- IFSA orientation covering important health, safety, and security topics pertaining to Israel
- Enjoy suite-style living with single bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom facilities, air conditioning, laundry facilities
- Outside of the classroom, you will participate in co-curricular activities designed to engage you with diverse communities and interrogate theories of identity and coexistence
- Develop artistic abilities through unique art, music, and dance programs — or gain experience in international relations, human rights, and more
The IFSA Difference
Academics at Rothberg International School Partnership
GENERAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
General Study students continue with a language course during the semester, which is worth 6 Butler University credits. Since the majority of courses taught within RIS are worth 3 Butler University credits, general study students normally take three additional courses each semester in order to be enrolled in a full course load.
This program is based on the total immersion in constant and exclusive use of Arabic in its native social and cultural environment. The focus will be on Modern Standard Arabic, which is the formal language used in books, newspapers, news broadcasts and formal speeches throughout the Arab world. Students also will learn the foundations of the dialect spoken in the Palestinian areas of the Middle East.
The Art Jerusalem program combines artistic training at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem with RIS courses and language study. Students can choose from the following tracks: Art Specialization, Art Exposure or Art Academic or they can request to study in one of the following Bezalel art departments: architecture, ceramic and glass design, fine arts, industrial design, jewelry and fashion, photography, screen-based arts, and visual communications.
Students interested in dance have the opportunity to study on this unique joint program between the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and RIS. DanceJerusalem allows students to train in the areas of classical ballet, contemporary dance (including Ohad Naharin's Gaga), choreography, repertoire and improvisation. Students create, rehearse and perform works with outstanding Israeli composers and choreographers, as well as take elective courses through RIS.
SPRING IN JERUSALEM HONORS PROGRAM
The Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program is for students in their third or fourth year with a GPA of at least 3.7. This program allows students to study together with Israelis in advanced level courses taught in English.
Jerusalem Sounds is an exciting program that allows students to participate in a comprehensive music program in addition to taking classes offered at RIS. Jerusalem Sounds is a joint program with the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and RIS. Students enroll in courses on Israeli music, electives in either choir, orchestra, or chamber music, and receive individual lessons from JAMD faculty.
Pre-semester Language (5 U.S. semester credits): Intensive Hebrew language study on four levels, Aleph to Dalet (Beginners to Lower-Advanced) and Heh and Vav (Advanced and Upper-Advanced). Arabic instruction is available on three levels for both Modern Standard Arabic (formal literary Arabic) and Amia (colloquial Palestinian Arabic). Arabic beginning in fall 2017.
Select 3 electives, or 1 elective plus an intensive Arabic or Hebrew language course for a total of 9 credits. Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability.
- Hebrew Language (6 U.S. semester credits) Hebrew instruction is available on six levels, from complete beginner (Aleph) to upper advanced (Vav).
- Arabic Language (6 U.S. semester credits) Arabic instruction is available on three levels for both Modern Standard Arabic (formal literary Arabic) and Amia (colloquial Palestinian Arabic).
- Arabic Immersion Program - Beginners Fusha
- Arabic Immersion Program - Intermediate Fusha
- Arabic Immersion Program - Advanced Fusha
- Arabic Immersion Program - Beginners Amia
- Arabic Immersion Program - Intermediate Amia
- Arabic Immersion Program - Advanced Amia (spring semester only)
- Independent Study: The purpose of Independent Study is to afford the motivated student an opportunity to pursue an area of study in his/her major which is not available in the normal framework of the Undergraduate Study Abroad Program. Applicants for such study are expected to develop a sound rationale for their individual research project. Independent Study requires faculty guidance and must reflect an intensive research project.
- Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context:Through a creative asynchronous online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the context of political, economic and sociocultural structures. Students cover topics such as intercultural communication skills, intercultural learning theories, tools for intercultural analysis and the development of personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience. This course is ideal for students seeking transferable skills and specific competencies for success in the global marketplace. Depending on your chosen IFSA program, this course may be taken as a part of or in addition to your full credit load. Home institution approval is required for enrollment.
Fall semester participants will be required to stay until the end of January in order to complete the semester. Spring semester students and students studying for the academic year must stay until the end of June. Students who elect to take these and other Hebrew University courses outside of the standard Rothberg International School (RIS) and IFSA options, which requires them to stay beyond the published program dates, may encounter an additional housing supplemental fee.
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The IFSA Team
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