This program offers a journey through 3,000 years of history, politics, and religion. Beginning in Jerusalem, going into the West Bank, and ending in Tel Aviv on the shores of the Mediterranean, you will study literature and society and visit the sacred shrines, bustling bazaars, cosmopolitan cities, and scenic landscapes of this ancient land. Gain a deeper understanding of the fabric of Israeli society, politics, and history, and hear first-hand from experts, grass-roots activists, and local residents. You will visit the birthplace of Jesus, the Western Wall, the desert fortress of Masada. You will float in the Dead Sea, the world's lowest point, and walk on the coastline of ancient Jaffa and modern Tel Aviv and experience the wonders of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa.

Group Flight Plan:

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2018
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 22, 2019
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • $500 non-refundable deposit: Deposits must be paid through NUPay. Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.
  • Photocopy of Passport: This is to be given to your faculty leader after acceptance.
  • Essay Questions: Answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs (completed online via GEO application).
    • What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    • How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    • What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    • What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

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

Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into the program and your the flight and accommodation details have been shared with you, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • This program is physically challenging, including some long days of touring and hiking in hot weather.:
  • Some parts of the program are emotionally challenging.:


Students will take two academic courses that complement one another, enhancing their understanding of politics, cultural relativism, and war and peace. The variety of cultures in a small space with passionate attachment to this parcel of real estate is astonishing. Students will witness political, ethnic, and religious diversity and come to appreciate how narrative and identity are mutually constituted. Our contemporary literature course gives deep background to Israeli and Palestinian culture and sensibilities, and our International Affairs course will explain the contemporary conflict and examine some grassroots efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.

  • INTL2100 - Modern Israel : This course will focus on Israel’s social and political history and the current social and political climate of today’s Israel. Students will gain an understanding of how Israeli society evolved in the decades prior to Israel’s establishment in 1948. Following that, students will become familiar with the political and societal system of Israel and will focus on key issues, such as: immigration, tensions between religion and state, majority-minority relations, the effect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Israeli society, threats to democracy, and relations between Israel and world Jewry. The course will be taught by Elan Ezrachi, PhD. Dr. Ezrachi holds a BA and MA degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. His area of research and expertise is relations between Israel and world Jewry, particularly with the American Jewish community. He is currently an adjunct professor at Haifa University. Dr. Ezrachi has also been the country manager of the NEU’s Dialogue programs since 2013.
  • ENGL2610/JWSS2610 - Israel in Literature and the Arts : (Interpreting Cultures (IC) – NUPath)Explores contemporary Israeli culture through literature and art. Focuses on the tensions, pains, and pleasures of existence from various Israeli points of view. Takes place in Israel during the summer term, offering students an opportunity to meet with contemporary Israeli writers, visit sites of the literary settings, and explore art galleries and museums. Readings include short stories and poetry by major Israeli and Palestinian writers from 1948 through the present. ENGL 2610 and JWSS 2610 are cross-listed.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,613
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,500
  • Northeastern Tuition and DOC Fee Includes: 8 Northeastern credits, international roundtrip airfare from Boston, accommodations for program duration, international security and emergency support, and program related expenses (local transportation, field trips, excursions and group meals)

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Dialogue of Civilizations programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!


Additional Resources
  • Tentative Itinerary : This is a tentative itinerary for the DOC.  A finalize itinerary will be supplied by your professor in Spring 2019.


Israel and Palestine are located at the intersection of continents, with enormous geographic diversity from the hills of Jerusalem to the depths of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Deserts and oases, Tel-Aviv beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, ancient ruins, and contemporary night life, the cradle of three religious civilizations.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Israel here. Please review this information before applying.


  • Hostel: Participants in the program will be in shared rooms in all locations in youth hostels and moderately priced hotels.
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