Summer in Jerusalem

New! Guaranteed $2,000 scholarships for Summer 2017 participants in the Diversity and Coexistence track. Learn more.

The Summer in Jerusalem program offers students a unique opportunity to explore the intersections between identity, religion, community, nationalism and diversity, or study intensive Arabic in the city of coexistence – Jerusalem. Delve into the intricacies of identity, immigration, and multicultural cities, or spend the summer immersed in Arabic language as you visit and study Israel’s many Arab communities.

Program Terms


Credit Hours

6 – Diversity and Coexistence / 10 – Elementary or Intermediate Arabic Immersion

Subjects Offered

Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Government, Arabic

Language Pre-Requisites





Local weekend site visits

Application Deadlines

April 15

Diversity and Coexistence

The Diversity and Coexistence 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.

Understanding Identities: Immigration and Cultural Diversity from the Israeli Experience (3 credits)

Explores the dynamics and challenges of immigration and multiculturalism from the vantage point of Israel. Students meet with educational, social, government, private and non-governmental organizations to learn how they have dealt with multiple waves of immigration. Intensive field work as a key component of the course.

48882: Politics of Planning in Multicultural Cities: The Case of Jerusalem (3 credits)

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.

arabic immersion

The Arabic Immersion program is a single 10 credit course that combines intensive classes in both colloquial Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic —the formal language employed in print, news broadcasts and formal speeches across the Arab world. Includes coffee hours with Arabic speakers, cultural events and tours to religious and cultural sites. Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels are offered, based on the Al-kitaab textbooks.

Elementary Arabic Immersion Summer Program (48878)

Intermediate Arabic Immersion Summer Program (48879)

Advanced Arabic Immersion Summer Program (48883)

Yore Kedem

“Understanding Identities, Immigration and Cultural Diversity from the Israeli Experience”

Yore Kedem [Ph.D., Secondary and Continuing Education, University of Illinois] is Assistant Professor of Hebrew at Michigan State University in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages. His primary research interests are experiential and aesthetic education, with emphasis on application in music, language, and study abroad. At Illinois he taught Modern Hebrew and courses on immigration, in addition to leading study abroad courses on immigration and cultural diversity in Israel. At MSU 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.

Moshe Amirav

“Politics of planning in Multicultural Cities: The Case of Jerusalem”

Amirav is a Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an expert on the Jerusalem political conflict. During the Six-Day War he served as a paratrooper and was wounded in the battle for Jerusalem on the day Israel captured the Old City, 7 June 1967.  In the years 1981-1993, he worked closely with then Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek, in charge of planning and development.  In 2001 as advisor to Prime Minister Ehud Barak during the Camp David negotiations, Amirav headed a committee of experts who prepared blueprints for a political settlement in Jerusalem. Amirav's most recent book, "Jerusalem Syndrome: The Palestinian-Israeli Battle for the Holy City analyzes how Israel has failed in its attempts to unify the city, and presents the argument that Israel should relinquish its claim on Palestinian neighborhoods and villages incorporated in 1967.


A study abroad experience is first and foremost an academic experience. All Alliance for Global Education courses have undergone a faculty review and approval process, and are transcripted by Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in most cases students who have received approval from their home institution to study on an Alliance program can be assured of credits transferring, it is each student’s responsibility to work with the home school study abroad advisor and faculty or academic departments to ensure credit transfer for specific courses.  

Credits and Accreditation

Credits granted for Alliance courses are identified in course listings on the Curriculum page for each program, and appear on the official transcript issued at the completion of a student's term. Credit is issued in U.S. semester hours, ensuring that students continue to make progress toward their degrees and verifying the full-time course load they completed while abroad.

All Alliance courses have been reviewed and approved by Butler University’s Undergraduate Academic Programs Committee. Butler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs approved by the Butler University College of Business—which include the Alliance’s International Business in China Program—are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Students receive a letter grade on a scale from A to F for every course taken while enrolled on an Alliance program. Withdrawals may be granted due to exceptional circumstances. Although policies at students' home institutions may differ, the Alliance does not permit students to take courses on a credit/no credit or pass/fail basis. Student grades are determined by criteria set forth in course syllabi. The grading scale used in determining letter grades is as follows:

Excellent      A 93-100% Acceptable C+ 77-79%
A- 90-92% C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
Good    B+ 87-89% Unsatisfactory D+ 67-69%
B 83-86% D 63-66%
B- 80-82% D- 60-62%
Failing F < 60%


At the conclusion of a program, an official transcript is sent to the participant's home campus and to the student's permanent address. Please use this form if the Alliance has accepted you into a program and you have changed your home, school or billing address. Federal regulations require official documentation and a signature for address changes.

Because timelines for final evaluation may vary due to respective program calendars or administrative structures of partner universities abroad, transcripts may take longer to issue than they do at U.S. institutions. While the timeline varies by program, a general timeline for issuing transcripts is:

  • Fall programs - transcript issued in late February
  • Spring and Summer programs - transcript issued in late September

Transcripts are not released for students with an outstanding balance of program fees or other charge incurred while on the program. Students enrolling in consecutive terms with the Alliance do not receive their first term transcript until their second term fees are paid in full.

Students in Alliance programs from Summer 2014 and beyond can request additional transcripts of their transcripts online at any time from Butler University's online transcript ordering service provided by the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization serving the higher education community. 

For all Alliance programs through Spring 2014, transcripts were issued by Arcadia University. Students enrolled during that time can request additional copies of transcripts online or in writing from the Arcadia University Registrar's Office.

If you have a question about the transcripting process or timeline, please contact your Academic Records Coordinator.

Academic Record Appeal

The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) can assist you with your academic record appeal for any IFSA-Butler or Alliance program by contacting the host institution you attended and/or program instructor as well as our staff abroad for further information.

Academic record appeals can be varied in nature, including grade appeals, credit appeals, courses missing from the transcript, course title, etc.

Students may appeal the content of their academic records according to the official procedures set by the host university and/or program. All appeals must be submitted to IFSA-Butler promptly after receipt of the Butler University transcript via our online Academic Record Appeal Form. IFSA-Butler allows students one year from the program end date to submit appeals, however it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the deadlines set by the host university and/or program attended. The earliest deadline takes precedence.

No appeals will be undertaken for those students who have taken early examinations, have arranged to submit any course work outside the scheduled dates, have a financial hold on their account or have been accused of academic dishonesty for the course in question.

The appeals process may be lengthy due to differences between universities abroad and the U.S. academic systems and calendars. Therefore, you should expect that an appeal may take three weeks to three months to resolve.

What constitutes a valid academic record appeal?
You must have reason to believe that an error has been made in calculating your grades or credits (i.e. submitted work was not received; an error may have been made in marking your final exam, etc.) or that you were exempt from a portion of the coursework due to a documented medical or personal emergency.

The following arguments, on their own, are insufficient reason for an appeal:

  • “My home university requires a higher grade for transfer of credit.”
  • “I feel I deserve a better grade.”
  • “I was over my head in this class.”
  • “I worked hard and spent a lot of time, effort and money on this class.”

Complete the IFSA-Butler Academic Record Appeal form, clearly describing the nature of your academic record appeal. Upload any supporting documentation. You must be polite, specific, and when appropriate, substantiate your well-written logical appeal by providing relevant documentation. Upon receiving a response from your host institution and/or program instructor, your academic records coordinator will notify you of the results as soon as they are available.

All decisions made by the host university and/or program instructor are final. An academic record appeal may result in a higher or lower grade. IFSA-Butler reserves the right to withhold the submission of those appeals that do not meet the above criteria and to issue a final decision.

Click here for the academic record appeal form.

Summer 2017: Diversity and Coexistence

  • Arrival in Tel Aviv: July 3
  • Move into housing: July 3
  • University orientation: July 4
  • Alliance orientation: July 7-8
  • Classes begin: July 4
  • Classes end: July 26
  • Final exams: July 26
  • Program ends (students must depart by 4pm): July 27

Summer 2017: Arabic Immersion

  • Arrival in Tel Aviv: June 14
  • Move into housing: June 14
  • University orientation: June 15
  • Alliance orientation: June 16-17
  • Classes begin: June 14
  • Classes end: July 27
  • Final exams: July 27
  • Program ends (students must depart by 4pm): July 27

Students live in the Scopus Student Village, located on Mount Scopus and a short walking distance from campus. There you will have the chance to make new friends from all over the world as well as share experiences with Israeli students who also are living in the Student Village. Life in the Student Village includes the following features:

  • Suite-style living with single bedrooms
  • Living room, kitchen and bathroom facilities shared with two to four other students
  • All suites are air conditioned
  • Comprehensive security 24 hours a day
  • A supermarket and shopping are located nearby
  • Laundry facilities
  • Select Israeli students serve as madrichim (similar to resident assistants in the U.S.) to ensure the well-being of residents and to help them adjust to life in Jerusalem
  • Housing is within walking distance of classes at Rothberg
  • Students who observe the Jewish Sabbath or who keep Kosher may request housing with other observant residents

Meals are not included in the Alliance program fee, although some group meals are provided during orientation and other events. All accommodations are self-catering. No meal plans are available, though numerous student-friendly cafeterias and restaurants are available on and near campus.

Outside of the classroom students participate in co-curricular activities designed to engage you with diverse communities and interrogate theories of identity and coexistence.

  • Tour the Old City of Jerusalem and religious sites of three major world religions
  • Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Shuk (Jerusalem’s food market) as you prepare for your Israeli cooking course or an upcoming Shabbat
  • Explore Tel Aviv’s street arts scene through a graffiti tour and workshop
  • Sail on the Mediterranean Sea on a mini-sailing course
  • Attend lectures on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
  • Visit Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
  • Meet with the New Palestinian Leadership
  • Experience daily life on a communal agricultural settlement such as a kibbutz or moshav
  • Sit down with international lawyers and development workers based at key regional offices for Europe, Asia, and the Middle East

Summer students will collectively choose two of the above activities during the orientation weekend.

New! Guaranteed $2,000 scholarships for Summer 2017 participants in the Diversity and Coexistence track. Learn more.

2017 Program Fees

Total Tuition Housing
Diversity and Coexistence $5,975 $4,775 $1,200
Arabic Immersion $7,400 $5,920 $1,480

What's included

The program price includes tuition and fees, housing, pre-departure materials and advising, student visa authorization documents, orientation, organized activities, field study trips, course materials and basic stationery supplies, phone and internet set-up assistance, the services of a full-time resident staff, and medical/evacuation insurance.

What's not included

The program price does not include airfare to Tel Aviv, meals, passport and visa fees, local transportation, phone and internet usage, independent travel, and other items not mentioned as included.

Out of pocket expenses

When making your budget, think about your spending habits – are you a “Just the Essentials” Traveler, happy to eat all meals at the campus canteen and exploring the city on foot? Or are you more of the “Everything Extra” Traveler, who wants to experience everything – nights out at the clubs, shopping at boutiques, and traveling every weekend?

Estimated Out of Pocket Expenses for One Summer

Roundtrip airfare to Israel

$ 1,500


$ 75


$ 200/week

Local transportation (varies by distance)

$ 60/week

Incidentals and personal care items

$ 100


$ 350

Independent travel

$ 500

Estimated Total

$ 3,565 Diversity and Coexistence

$ 4,085 Arabic Immersion

funding and scholarships

Remember to check in with your home university and visit our Finances pages to learn more about financial aid and study abroad scholarships.

Continuer's DISCOUNT

The Alliance encourages students to consider studying abroad with more than one Alliance program. The Alliances offers a $500 scholarship to repeat students who choose to study on our programs a second (or third!) time to help you get there faster!

The first program can be any Alliance opportunity, and your participation can be in non-consecutive terms. The scholarship does not apply to semester students who choose to extend to a year-long program, as a discount is already included in our full-year program fees.

Our program location is at the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (RIS), one of the Middle East's most prestigious universities, located on Mount Scopus in the ancient city of Jerusalem.

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