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Program Description


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Tel Aviv Skyline

Paper Airplanes

This leadership and service workshop, “on the ground” and “in the field” in Israel and the West Bank, will continue SCETL’s 2019-20 public affairs theme of “Citizenship and Leadership: America's Civic and Global Challenges” in a global context.  We will use tools learned during the academic year to listen and learn from Israelis and Palestinians of divergent views and narratives on religious, cultural, historical, and political issues.  At sites focused in Tel Aviv, East and West Jerusalem, and Bethlehem—to include an Israeli settlement, a Palestinian refugee camp, and a Jerusalem bi-cultural classroom—we will practice servant leadership in a variety of contexts.   Throughout the trip, students will be called upon to "see through the eyes of the other" as they practice and promote civil dialogue in a polarized region. Back on the ASU campus, students will be required to participate in a post-trip debrief session to reflect on their deepened understanding of the challenges and rewards of leadership and global awareness in the 21st century, and the challenges of being a citizen and leader in a liberal democracy.  

Quick Facts

May 13 - May 23, 2021

  • Dialogue with Palestinian and Israeli NGOs

  • Share a shabbat dinner with Israelis and visit a settlement in the West Bank

  • Volunteer at a Jewish-Arab preschool in Tel Aviv and Tent of Nations in the West Bank

  • Academic tours of Dome of the Rock/Al Aqsa Mosque, Western Wall, Parliament, Yad Vashem (Holocaust memorial)

  • Hike near Jericho and a swim in the Dead Sea
The application deadline for this program is Friday, November 15.  Applicants must have completed the entire application in order to interview for a spot on the program.  

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.

Four pre-departure meetings will be required for all participants.  Please see the Academics tab for more information. 


Tel Aviv-Yafo Coastline

Location Details

We’ll spend two days learning in modern, secular Tel Aviv.  Lectures will be given by journalists and business leaders as we visit the entrepreneurial heart of Israel and learn about the only liberal democracy in the region.  

In Israel’s ancient religious and cultural center, Jerusalem, we’ll explore West Jerusalem (to include Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum) and East Jerusalem (to include the border wall).  We will have meetings with politicians from across the spectrum, Hebrew University students, members of the Israeli Defense Forces and B’Tselem (Israeli Human Rights Organization).  We will visit both an Israeli settlement to meet with settlers and a Palestinian refugee camp to meet with refugees.  A full day will be spent service learning at a Hand-to-Hand school.

Two day trips to the West Bank.  In Bethlehem, we’ll volunteer in a school classroom and olive planting project, visit the Church of the Nativity, and speak with Palestinian leaders.

The final day of the trip will be spent in Jericho (West Bank) and include a hike to the Hisham Palace (an important Islamic monument) and a swim in the Dead Sea.

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.

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

  • Participating students must have been or propose to be enrolled in at least one other SCETL course during 2019-20 or Fall 2020. 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Students must complete a written application and will be interviewed by SCETL faculty.  This is a competitive program; twelve students will be selected from the applicant pool for this program.
Students will be notified by SCETL within a week of the submission deadline if they are selected for an interview, and interviews will take place at the end of November.  Students will be notified via SCETL and through their online study abroad applications.  


Students will register for the following course during the Spring registration period for a total of one credit:
  •  CEL 194: Global Intensive Experience for a New Class of Leaders (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

This is a Global Intensive Experience post-spring course.  Students will participate in pre-program class meetings during the Spring semester (times and dates to be determined by the selected group, on the Tempe campus).  Students will return to campus and complete a post-program debrief and service leadership reflection. 

Field Work

Jerusalem Group Photo


Faculty Directors

Dr. Susan Carrese
Clinical Assistant Professor and SCETL Experiential Education Coordinator
Cell: 719 238-7892

Dr. Susan Carrese is an Oxford trained cultural anthropologist with university teaching experience at Middlebury College and Colorado College.  For the past 13 years she has been the Director of Global Education at the Fountain Valley School of Colorado.  During that time she planned and led several experiential education trips each year.  She has travelled extensively in Israel and the West Bank, leading a successful student trip to the region in 2011.  Susan brings a skill-set in experiential education, risk management, and international student travel to this project.  She successfully designed and led a GIE course in India for ASU and SCETL in 2018.

Dr. Carol McNamara
Associate Director of Public Programs and Senior Lecturer, SCETL
Phone: 480.965.0270

Dr. Carol McNamara is the associate director for public programs for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University. Prior to that, she worked as the founding director with Olene Walker, a former governor of Utah, to build the Olene Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service at Weber State University in Utah. Her research focuses on politics and literature, ancient political thought, and the American presidency. 



Mud Bath

Program Housing

Students will be staying in double rooms in simple but clean hotels or guest houses.  All meals will be in hotels or restaurants.  Students must be capable of walking up to three miles per day on rough roads or sidewalks.  All transport will be in a private bus.

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.

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 $500.  

The remaining program costs will be covered by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership for confirmed students.*

Program Fee includes: Housing, meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the one-credit course, airfare to and from Israel, passport & visa fees, 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.

*If a student withdraws after confirming to the program, the student will owe all withdrawal fees.  The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will not cover cancellation fees.

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

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.