IFSA Summer in Jerusalem: Diversity & Coexistence

Jerusalem, Israel


Language of Instruction

Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: April 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Summer in Jerusalem: Diversity & Coexistence

Jerusalem is your living classroom for the summer as you explore its political, sexual, ethnic and religious diversity. Delve into a four-week exploration of identity, immigration and multiculturalism in Jerusalem as you interact with and learn more about Israel's many ethnic and religious communities.

Summer in Jerusalem: Diversity & Coexistence Benefits

  • Find out more about our Guaranteed Scholarship program for Summer in Jerusalem: Diversity and Coexistence program here.
  • Located in the multicultural and ethnically diverse city of Jerusalem, the program allows you to interact with a wide variety of people of different backgrounds, religions, and diversity
  • Take courses with local students at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School, one of the Middle East’s most prestigious universities
  • Attend an extensive IFSA orientation covering important health, safety and security topics pertaining to Israel, giving you and your parents peace of mind
  • Live and learn near Mount Scopus in the ancient city of Jerusalem, located within easy access to transportation, supermarkets and eateries
  • Outside of the classroom, you will participate in co-curricular activities to historically and culturally significant places, allowing you to engage with diverse communities and interrogate theories of identity and coexistence

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Summer in Jerusalem: Diversity & Coexistence

The Diversity and Coexistence summer program invites you to examine the complexities of pluralism and how Israeli citizens from vastly different cultural and national backgrounds forge their identity as individuals and communities. The 6-credit summer semester is comprised of two courses taught in English.
  • Narratives and Realities (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Offers a unique insight to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through personalized interactions with members from contrasting political parties, organizations, and military staff representing different ideas and disciplines. Visits to key sites will further cement narratives with reality to highlight the complexity of the conflict and the human impact. An Awareness and appreciation for all points of view will be developed to bridge the similarities shared, above all, as human beings. 
  • Politics of Planning in Cities of Conflict: The Case of Jerusalem (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Looks at Jerusalem as a growing urban center that has a crucial need for effective city planning based on its diverse populations. Explores the contours of the city, its ethnic makeup and the political developments that shaped it. Presents dilemmas and struggles that affect contemporary city planning and urban design.
Yore Kedem [Ph.D., Secondary and Continuing Education, University of Illinois] is Assistant Professor of Hebrew in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. His primary research interests are experiential and aesthetic education, with emphasis on application in music, language, and study abroad. At MSU he teaches Modern Hebrew and courses on immigration, in addition to leading study abroad courses on immigration and cultural diversity in Israel. Dr. Kedem teaches Hebrew at all levels, emphasizing practical and applicable learning. He also offers an inquiry-based course on immigration as a global issue from local perspectives for the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities. He taught his course on Cultural Diversity and Immigration in Israel for MSU, University of Illinois, and the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost

Housing & Meals

No meal plans are available, though numerous student-friendly cafeterias and restaurants are available on and near campus.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Kerry Uniyal

Program Advisor, Australia, China, India, Israel, Custom

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Monica Wasserbach

Resident Director Israel Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Summer 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Late June 2020
Program End Date
Late July 2020

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs