ISRAEL: Contemporary Israel and its Complexities – CLOSED

Tel Aviv, Israel

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 7 - August 6, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Lori Lefkovitz (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

Term: Summer II

Website: Read more about the program and past student experiences here


  • ENGL 2610    Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad(will also meet Jewish Studies, Mideast Studies, or English elective requirements)
  • POLS 4937 : Israel: Society, Culture, and Politics(note:  prerequisite POL 1155 has been waived for this course when taken abroad; will also meet Jewish Studies, Mideast Studies, International Affairs)


Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the modern State of Israel, this Dialogue will explore the complexities of Israeli society, politics, and culture and how they are presented in journalism, art, and literature.  What are the key narratives and characteristics of Israeli society?   How do journalists and creative artists shape our perceptions of Israel’s complex reality?  How do various Israeli authors and artists grapple with such issues as diversity within the population, the conflicts between Israel and her neighbors and between Israelis and Palestinians, and how does Israel negotiate its Jewish identity with liberal democratic values?  Students will learn about Israel’s political system and political history, and they will read memoirs and fiction, visit museums on docent-led tours, and meet with leaders, journalists, artists, and academic experts.  Special focus will be on the city of Jerusalem, our host city, a multicultural center of three religions and multiple ethnic groups, but we will also travel to and study these issues as they are reflected in the South, Tel Aviv, and the North of Israel.



  • ENGL 2610    Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art Abroad (will also meet Jewish Studies, Mideast Studies, or English elective requirements)
  • POLS 4937 Course 2  Israel: Society, Culture, and Politics (note:  prerequisite POL 1155 has been waived for this course when taken abroad; will also meet Jewish Studies, Mideast Studies, and International Affairs requirements) Please check with academic advisor for satisfying course/major requirements.

Host University

Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel

Located minutes walking distance from Jerusalem's historic Old City, City Hall, and the downtown commercial and tourist core, Hadassah Academic College attracts students from all parts of Israel who choose the College in recognition of its highly rated level of instruction, variety of degree-granting programs, personal attention provided by a caring faculty, and student-friendly multicultural campus.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Recommended 2.5 GPA and two academic semesters at NU in good standing
  • Students will submit a statement of interest and interview with Professor Lefkovitz.  All applicants will interview with Professor Lefkovitz.  No language prerequisite.
  • The program will require extended periods of walking with walking tours. Students should be capable of hiking on hills and walking stairs.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $ 2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


In Jerusalem, we will be staying in apartments in the beautiful residential neighborhood of Rehavia, walking distance from the Israel museum, Jerusalem theatre, Hebrew university, Knesset, residence of the prime minister and the president, the supreme court, the old city, and coffee shops, grocery stores, etc.  Students can take convenient public transportation to Hadassah College in the city center.  These furnished apartments with students sharing bedrooms in 1, 2, or 3 bedroom units, each with a living room, kitchen and 1 or 2 bathrooms.  There is central air conditioning, equipped kitchens, a washing machine, and WiFi.

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Jerusalem – the first 19 days

South – A two day excursion to Masada and the Negev

Tel Aviv – all together 9 days

North – A two day excursion to the Galilee