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  • Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led Abroad
Field of Study: All Majors, History, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion/Theology
Program Description:

Israel Studies at Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv
Semester Offered: 
LITR 171* or RLST/LITR/JSTS 379, SABR 398L5
See Course Information below for more detail.
6 credits (two 3-credit courses) 
Cost: See budget
Students must have a 3.0 GPA and must be nominated by their home institution. Students must be at least 18 years old at time of travel.

*LITR 171 Imagining the Holy Land is general education approved [GEGA].

Register for the upcoming information session below:

Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm

Application Process
This program is offered through the Michigan Consortium for Israel Studies (MCIS). Full degree-seeking students from the following member institutions are eligible to apply: Albion College, Central Michigan University, University of Detroit Mercy, Eastern Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Western Michigan University. The application process is a two-stage procedure. All students are required to be nominated by their home institution and must apply to their home institution first. 

Exceptional Financial Support
The Michigan Consortium for Israel Studies was formed to expand the student opportunity to study abroad in Israel. Because of the commitment of these member institutions, The Nora and Guy Barron Fund for Israel Study Abroad has donated considerable funding, and each student participant will have approximately $5,000 applied to their program expenses. This generous donation will help make the program more affordable for all participating students. Please see the budget for more information. 

Program Overview and Highlights
Students will live on Tel Aviv University campus for four weeks and take two courses, Imagining the Holy Land, a course taught by Eastern Michigan University Professor Marty Shichtman and Albion College Professor Dr. Jocelyn McWhirter. Students will also take the Tel Aviv University course in Israel Studies Please speak with your home institution advisor regarding how these credits can count toward your plan of study.
  • Imagining the Holy Land (3 credits): Taking a particularly close look at texts supporting various claims to “the Holy Land,” this course will ask students to consider why, for centuries, the three “peoples of the book,” Jews, Christians, and Muslims, have engaged in hostilities. The course will ask students to think about how religious, racial, and political identities are fashioned, how these identities are represented, and how these identities become, often enough, inextricably associated with territory. We hope this course will be a forum for a great deal of discussion, and we hope that each of you will contribute to a frank, open atmosphere. “Imagining the Holy Land” will ask students to look beyond their local sources for information and take a much wider perspective on Middle East controversy. Specifically it will ask students to think about how the discourses by which Christians, Jews, and Muslims have constituted their identities in relation to Israel/Palestine have proven, over the centuries, divisive.
  • City Lab: Experiencing Tel Aviv (3 credits): Students will take this course with students from all over the world who want to learn more about the Middle East and Israel. Designed to immerse students in Israel and Tel Aviv with a combination of class discussions and excursions into Israeli history. Students will explore the city together, taking into account the multiple perspectives of some of the different types of cultures and people living in Israel today. Join us through an in-depth exploration into the arts and media, politics, history, economics and the social practices of every day life in Tel Aviv. 
In addition to the classroom experience, the program includes overnight excursions to 
  • Jerusalem
  • Nazareth
  • The Dead Sea
sunset Jerusalem
Instructor Information
  • Marty Shichtman, Ph.D. is the Director of Jewish Studies and Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. He has been a fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and at Brandeis University's Schusterman Institute for Israel Studies. He received of a Mellon Partnership grant with Smith College for Jewish Studies programming, has also directed several National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for School Teachers, and an NEH Focus Grant, teaming teachers from EMU with teachers from Detroit's Mumford High School. Dr. Shichtman can be reached at for more information about this program.  
  • Jocelyn McWhirter, Ph.D. is a Biblical Studies scholar who specializes in New Testament studies. Her current research focuses on how the first Christians interpreted Israel’s Scriptures in light of their conviction that Jesus was the Messiah. Other areas of interest include cultural hermeneutics and the literature of Second Temple Judaism. She is affiliated with the Society of Biblical Literature, where she co-chairs two units: Teaching the Bible in an Undergraduate Liberal Arts Context and The Mark Passion Narrative Seminar. 
  • (PENDING) Rona Yona, Ph.D. is a historian who specializes in Israel. She holds an MA from the Hebrew University in the history of Christian and Muslim societies, and wrote a PhD in Tel Aviv University on the rise of Socialist Zionism, pioneers, and the kibbutzim (communes). She was a research fellow at New York University, and editor of the “Israel” journal at Tel Aviv University. Her current research interests include the interaction between the local and the global; Her publications include the book “Zionists without Borders” on the Labor Movement, and articles like “Yiddish Speaking Hebrews”. 
Predeparture Meetings
This program will have online orientation and class meetings before departure. These meetings will be scheduled after students have been selected and admitted into the program to allow for input on availability.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships
For EMU students, financial aid and many EMU scholarships may be applied to the tuition and fees for this approved program. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information on how to use your financial aid and scholarships to help cover the costs of studying abroad. Find information on national and EMU scholarships specifically for students that wish to study abroad at

Students attending other MCIS member institutions should contact their respective Financial Aid office for additional scholarship and aid opportunities. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.