Interested in innovation and entrepreneurship? Considering a career in consulting? 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 ecosystem that makes innovation and new ventures boom. Work closely with founders of new ventures and meet investors, entrepreneurs, and managers at multinational corporations. 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 religious backgrounds, offers the best of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, 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-lifetime experience! This program will start with two weeks in Boston followed by two weeks in Israel.

On the professional side, there is the unique benefit of experiencing management consulting and being part of a cross-cultural team.

On the cultural side, the students will be exposed to the Old City of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, the Old City of Jaffa, a Bedouin lifestyle, Tel-Aviv architecture and lifestyle, and more.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: November 1, 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 3, 2019
  • Application Extension Deadline: January 15, 2020
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
  • Possible Student Challenges: The two weeks are intensive. There must be a deliverable towards the end of the second week (presentation to founders). Working in a cross-cultural team is not easy with a language barrier and different working norms.

Courses

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 startups. The second 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 “Startup Nation”, leading the world on indicators such as the 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.

  • ENTR3220 (Boston) - International Entrepreneurship and Innovation : Covers, from an international perspective, entrepreneurial opportunity identification and evaluation; market analysis and intelligence; joint venture and partnerships; agents, value-added resellers, and representatives; regulations, laws, and customs; regional and cultural issues; financing foreign ventures; and choice of domestic and international legal entities. Offers students an opportunity to understand the complexities faced by entrepreneurs doing business in a global environment and to obtain the knowledge that helps them to successfully cope with that environment. Focuses on and emphasizes the perspective of the entrepreneur but also canvases the role of the entrepreneur as an innovator and the innovation process in the international context.
  • ENTR4510 (Israel) - Management Consulting Abroad : (Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation (EI) NUpath Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through  Experience (EX) NUPath) Offers an intensive field consulting program with local ventures in different countries. Designed to have students experience first-hand the challenges that entrepreneurs confront internationalizing products and services as well as core product management issues. Students have an opportunity to work in cross-culture consulting teams with local students from partner universities. Projects vary widely, but typically involve assessment of current product line and services strategy, marketing approaches, and how these must be adapted for foreign markets, including the U.S. This is a field consulting course with heavy client engagement, requiring detail written and oral communications for the client.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: Summer term tuition as published by Northeastern
Dialogue of Civilizations Fee: $2,000
  • 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 some group meals)

Additional Expense - Meals and Incidentals: $600-700
  • Students should anticipate spending this estimated amount during the program for meals and incidentals.

    If necessary, students may incur additional fees for visa costs and travel to consulates or embassies to obtain the visa. If you have questions about costs you may incur while participating in this program, please ask your GEO advisor.

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

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Destination

Israel is a leading innovation and entrepreneurship hub. In 2019 alone, more than 6,000 startups operated there. Students will have a unique opportunity to work with and meet entrepreneurs, investors, and a host of other diverse actors that are part of the ecosystem.

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.

Accommodations

  • Hotel/Guesthouse: Students will stay in boutique guesthouses and hostels while in Israel.

Host University or Organization

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of the leading universities in Israel. It is located in the south part (the Negev) and is world known for its research and activities in the renewable energy, water, and engineering domains.

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