IFSA Summer in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Term
Summer
Language of Instruction

English

Language Prerequisite

None

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: March 15 —Extended to April 1
Min. GPA for Consideration:
2.0
Typical Credit Load:
3 - 7

About Summer in Tel Aviv

Watch entrepreneurs work in collaborative spaces in Tel Aviv and feel the innovation in the air. As one of the world’s most important start-up capitals, Tel Aviv rivals Silicon Valley and empowers individuals to take a step to towards their future alongside those who are creating it.  

Summer in Tel Aviv Benefits

  • Build your own curriculum with IFSA-taught courses – take either the first or second session, or spend a longer summer term abroad  
  • Expand your networks and engage with some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs in insurance and finance technology 
  • Jump start your career journey with an internship at an Israeli or international corporation, startup, or non-profit organization 
  • Embrace the creative and innovative atmosphere of south Tel Aviv, a short walk from the trendy Jaffa flea market and endless beaches 

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 Tel Aviv

Courses

Customize your summer in a way that works best for you!  

Choose one 3 U.S. semester credit hour class from one or both of our shorter summer sessions—or stay for the full summer to complete an IFSA internship with the support of Essential Hebrew language learning for a total of 7 U.S. semester credits.  

IFSA-taught courses explore the entrepreneurial process and cybersecurity challenges of today’s business world, helping you to expand your networks in the start-up community, and to apply theory to practice. Not all courses may be offered in a given summer depending on enrollment.  

Session 1 

Foundations of Entrepreneurship (3 U.S. semester credit hours)  

This course introduces the terminology of entrepreneurship, defining and analyzing entrepreneurial principles and their application in various environments, including startups, intrapreneurship, and business-social enterprises. We will master concepts in technological, economic, and developing and executing business and social entrepreneurship processes. The course will cover theoretical, empirical and practical aspects, including the analysis of examples of local Israeli and global entrepreneurship. Creating and managing diverse work teams and promoting entrepreneurship in culturally sensitive ways will be thematic topic of conversation.  

Issues in Cybersecurity for Startups (3 U.S. semester credit hours)  

The information age, with the emergence and spread of advanced communication technologies, contributes to significant changes in culture, politics and society, and – most recently—has transformed the world of warfare. This course reviews the cyber are from two perspectives: acts of cyber warfare by state-sponsored hackers and acts of resistance by ideological hackers. Students will examine issues of industrial espionage and consider how cybercrime can impact startups, evaluating methods for securing their new ideas, products and services. 

Session 2 

Venture Capital and Growth (3 U.S. semester credit hours)  

Venture capital as a form of private equity has become a popular funding option for startups and young companies, allowing investment in an early- or growth-stage company in exchange for an equity stake in the firm and with the expectation that the startup will become viable and profitable in the future. This course will introduce various tools for managing a venture capital firm including fundraising and sourcing, investing and managing portfolio firms. Through this course, students will understand the nature of private equity markets as well as their major players and key financial strategies.   

Project Team Management in Innovation Companies (3 U.S. semester credit hours)  

Leadership and management concepts are examined in this course within the context of entrepreneurship and innovation, introducing various tools and techniques available to prepare managers to lead successful projects in organizations. Students will assess and implement methods for project planning, management, and control, integrating topics of classic project management with innovative topics, including agile and strategic projects management. Discussion are centered on the idea of creating a new product or service. 

Internship 

Internship  and  Methodology Seminar  (6 U.S. semester credit hours)  

Individually tailored internships are supported by a group seminar that prepares students to understand expectations, set personal objectives, identify and strengthen specific skills, critically reflect on their progress, share experiences, and learn from one other throughout the summer. A focus on the application of theory to practice supports students as they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals, their professional areas, as well as Israeli work culture. In this seminar, students gain real world work experience while developing intercultural agility—skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success.      

Essential Hebrew (1 U.S. semester credit hour)  

This required course is taught intensively during the first weeks of the summer term to complement the internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom —and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into daily life in Tel Aviv and local business culture. 

Experiential Learning
Internships are available in a variety of fields. Interns are engaged for 30 or more hours per week through a combination of onsite placement hours and associated academic seminars. When applying for the program, you should complete the Internship Intent Form, and be prepared to interview for your internship placement in the first or second week of the program. Internships are jointly supervised by your site supervisor and Internship and Methodology Seminar Instructor, and coordinated by the Resident Director. 
Faculty
IFSA courses are taught by English-speaking faculty from The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, who combine theoretical and practical expertise to inspire curiosity, debate, and critical thinking in their chosen subject area. Most courses also incorporate guest lectures and field visits with Israeli scholars, entrepreneurs, and industrial scientists.   
Transcripts
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
Subjects offered at Summer in Tel Aviv
Business Community Studies Computer Science Criminal Justice/Criminology Cybersecurity Economics Entrepreneurship and Innovation Finance Hebrew Human Resources Industrial and Organizational Psychology Intelligence/Security Studies International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Management Management Information Systems Marketing Population Studies/Demography Theology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
Meals
Self-catered
Details
All students live in centrally located, fully furnished residence hall in Tel Aviv. Students have shared bedrooms and bathrooms. There is no meal plan; students purchase their meals or cook for themselves. 

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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Resident Director

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Monica Wasserbach

Resident Director Israel Programs

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Dates and Fees

Summer 2020 - Session 1

Program Dates

Program Start Date
May 18, 2020
Program End Date
June 12, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$3,195
Housing
$800
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$3,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,400
Meals
$420
Books & Supplies
$30
Local Transportation
$60
Personal Expenses
$370
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$2,280

Summer 2020 - Session 2

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 15, 2020
Program End Date
July 10, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$3,195
Housing
$800
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$3,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,400
Meals
$420
Books & Supplies
$30
Local Transportation
$60
Personal Expenses
$370
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$2,280

Summer 2020 - Sessions 1 & 2 | Internship

Program Dates

Program Start Date
May 18, 2020
Program End Date
July 10, 2020

Program Fees

Tuition
$5,395
Housing
$1,600
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$6,995
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,400
Meals
$750
Books & Supplies
$30
Local Transportation
$60
Personal Expenses
$490
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$2,730