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Program Description

This program is not running for Post-Spring 2020, and program information for Post-Spring 2021 is not yet available.
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Tel Aviv Skyline

USAC Haifa

Israel panoramic view

We will travel to Israel after finals week, as part of the spring semester. The trip is designed to introduce firsthand the culture and society of the modern Israeli state. It focuses on the structure of the Israeli state and different aspects of its culture and society.
We’ll be based in Tel Aviv, where we will take a tour of the Bauhaus-style architecture of Tel Aviv, stroll in its open-air and artisan markets, and more. From there, we will travel north to the city of Haifa and east to the capital Jerusalem. In our travels, we will explore the human mosaic that constitutes Israeli society. We will visit a Druze village, the Shrine of the Baha’i, the Western Wall, as well as the excavation of the Roman city of Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, we will visit the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, as well as open markets, artisan markets and museums. We will also visit a Kibbutz, a unique Israeli collective community.

Quick Facts

  • Program dates: May 14 - May 22, 2020

  • Earn 1 or 3 credits

  • Three cities: Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem

  • Academic visits to a kibbutz, graffiti tour of South Tel Aviv, walk in a Bauhaus neighborhood, Jaffa Flea Market

  • Experience foods while learning about the diverse mosaic of Israeli society (Druze, Bedouin, Arab, etc.)

  • Social interactions with Israeli students

  • Experience the entrepreneurial culture of the “Startup Nation” by meeting with Israeli entrepreneurs in high-tech and cybersecurity fields

  • Enjoy a food fair in Tel Aviv as well as the market in the old city of Jerusalem. Visit Israeli parliament and the excavation of the City of David

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Tel Aviv Skyline
Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash

Western Wall and Dome of Rock

USAC Haifa


Location Details

Tel Aviv has a thriving culture, with vibrant artist communities, many museums, and culinary diversity. Tel Aviv is a UNESCO-declared Bauhaus city, known for its Bauhaus-style architecture. We will explore this modern city on the Mediterranean coast, to experience its vibrant culture and society. Visits include Tel Aviv's Carmel Market, Nahalat Binyamin Arts Fair, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Port, beach time and guest lectures.

Experience Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, its rich history, culture and diversity. Visits include the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), the Israel Museum, the Old City and the City of David.

Known as a mixed city of Jews and Arabs, Haifa is an example of coexistence of many religions living and working together. It is also a worldly center of the Baha’i faith, with its breathtaking gardens.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

Tourists who are US or Canadian citizens do not need a visa to travel to Israel. Full list of countries whose citizens do not need a visa:

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA


Students will register during the spring registration period for ONE of the the following courses: 

  • HEB 394: Encountering the Culture and Society of Israel (1 credit)
  • HEB 494: Engaging With the Culture and Society of Israel (3 credits)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

Students can choose to take HEB 394, a stand-alone, one credit course, OR HEB 494, a stand-alone, three credit course.

Both courses will have two required pre-departure meetings as well as participation and travel journals while in Israel. HEB 394 will have a post-program reflection paper. HEB 494 will have additional reading requirements and a post-program research paper that will allow students to research and reflect on Israeli society. 

ASU Students at Bahai Gardens


Faculty Directors

Judith Shemer
Senior Lecturer, Modern Hebrew
School of International Letters and Cultures
Office: LL173F (Tempe campus)

Dr. Dulce Estévez
Lecturer, Honors Faculty
School of International Letters and Cultures
Phone: 480-965-6281

Judith Shemer

Dulce Estevez


Tel Aviv-Yafo Coastline
Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash

Program Housing

We will be based in a hostel or hotel in Tel Aviv. Breakfast will be provided at the lodging each morning before we leave for the day’s tours. Travel will be by coach bus. Walks of two hours will be part of the itinerary on some of the days.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. The Encountering the Culture and Society of Israel program will involve some days with walks of up to two hours.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Israel, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture. This includes cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entryways, and small indoor spaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Israel, students who identify as LGBTQIA should be aware of varying laws in Israel based on region of the country. In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, consensual same-sex sexual activity is criminalized but in other areas of Israel, the LGBTQIA community is protected by anti-discrimination laws.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Israel, female students should be prepared to dress modestly and avoid wearing revealing clothing (shorts, sleeveless blouses, and short skirts) when visiting holy sites.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $2,885.

Program Fee includes: Housing, in-country transportation, daily breakfast, some other meals, site visits and cultural excursions, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 1 or 3 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • The Dorothy Govekar Scholarship, administered by the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC), will award grants of $500 tp $1000 to ASU degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students participating in Global Intensive Experience programs sponsored by SILC. Applications open November 22, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit here.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.