Interested in innovation and entrepreneurship? Join the Dialogue centered in the Startup Nation: Israel. Engage with local startups on management consulting projects, work in cross-cultural teams involving local students, and learn about the eco-system that makes innovation and new ventures boom. Work closely with founders of new ventures, meet investors, entrepreneurs, and managers at multinational corporations, experience consulting to startups and working on a cross-cultural team. Israel offers a unique opportunity to gain exposure to both state-of-the-art technology and innovation but also to ancient history. Israel brings together people with diverse ethnic, cultural and religion backgrounds, offers the best of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, it has amazing beaches and clubs as well as world renowned attractions (e.g., the Dead Sea, the Old City of Jerusalem). Engage in meaningful conversations about culture, society, economics and politics on this once-in-a-life-time experience! This program will start with two weeks in Boston, followed by two weeks in Israel.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: October 20, 2017
  • * Priority Deadline: December 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
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.
  • Faculty Interview: Faculty will schedule interviews with applicants of interest to determine acceptance. The interviews can occur anytime between the priority and final deadline.
  • 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?
    • What are your key goals in participating in this program?
      What, in your view, might be the unique characteristics of the visit to Israel?

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

* Priority Deadline: All students that apply by the priority deadline will be considered for admission, as all dialogues remain open until the priority deadline. After the priority deadline, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills. Programs are subject to close anytime between the priority deadline and the application deadline when a program receives the maximum number of students.

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 during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.


  • ENTR 3220 - International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consulting : Students will learn the principles and methods of consulting to growing companies and social enterprises abroad. This will be done through a set of frameworks that focus on customer segmentation, product or service requirements, product line and service strategy, business model design, and then internationalization strategy. Working in teams, students will apply these frameworks first to local companies in different business sectors and then prepare to apply them to client companies in their follow-on designated destination country. The final part of the course will be preparation for the international field studies. This includes introduction to effective methods for management consulting.
  • ENTR 4510 - Entrepreneurship and Global Consulting in Israel : Since entrepreneurship is an extremely context-dependent phenomenon, there are limitations to learning about it solely in a classroom setting. The Management Consulting Abroad – Israel, The Start Up Nation course is designed to experience first-hand some of the challenges that entrepreneurs are confronted with while searching for entrepreneurial opportunities or solving problems related to critical issues in today’s operating environment. It offers a unique opportunity to serve as management consultants to technology start ups. The course is the follow-up experiential complement to the course: International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consulting (ENTR 3220). It enables students to get a major or minor in entrepreneurship. The focus on Israel in the context of new ventures is especially valuable given Israel is the “Start Up Nation”, leading the world on indicators such as number of startups per capita and Venture Capital investments. Students are required to work in cross-cultural teams (together with Israeli students from Ben-Gurion University – BGU – that will host us) on issues of strategic importance to assigned technology ventures. Many of the ventures students will work with carry societal value through innovating in areas like sustainability and health, by enhancing consumers’ well-being, and by promoting collaboration across diverse groups in society (e.g., Arabs and Jews). Projects vary widely, but typically involve assessment of the current internationalization strategy or future market entry in another foreign market. The course is a hands-on management consulting experience, so be prepared to spend a lot of time with your assigned venture and team members. The final deliverable will be a detailed 20-page analysis report focused on a key strategic issue relevant for your particular venture that will be judged by a prestigious panel of local experts and the entrepreneur(s). The course involves a significant amount of work and learning in a two-week window in a challenging, dynamic and exciting environment. The main learning from the course takes place outside the classroom. Students will engage intensively with entrepreneurs, consultants, investors, and be part of a cross-cultural team effort.


Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $3,000
  • 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)

Additional Estimated Expenses: $1,629
  • Students should anticipate spending the following out of pocket expenses during the program:  $1,305  on meals and $324 on incidentals.

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


Additional Resources


Israel is a land and a people. The history of the Jewish people, and its roots in the Land of Israel, spans some 35 centuries. The modern Israel was established in 1948. It is home to many innovations and technology developments, and often referred to as the “Start Up Nation”. Beer-Sheva is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Often referred to as the “Capital of the Negev”, it is the center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in Israel and the eighth most populous city in the country with a population of about 200,000. It is home to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).


  • Hotel: The main accommodation will be a hotel near the hosting university campus.  A rich Israeli breakfast is included in all hotels (see a representative picture), and wifi is also always included.
  • Tents: Apart from the main near-campus hotel, students will stay over at a Kibbutz in the middle of the desert (generating its energy from solar panels)

Host University or Organization

BGU is one of Israel’s leading research universities. It was established with the aim to spearhead the development of the Negev, a desert area comprising more than sixty percent of the country. The university was inspired by the vision of Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country depends on the development of this region. BGU is among the world leaders in many research fields (e.g., engineering, sustainability, computer sciences, arid-zone and water research, economics, psychology) and a socially conscious and community engaged institution. It includes about 19,000 students

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