- Summer: March 15
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
Academics at Summer in Tel Aviv
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.
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.
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 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.
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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!