Program Details

EXPERIENCE THE CHALLENGE OF HUMAN DIVERSITY while earning academic credit at a WORLD TOP 100 UNIVERSITY. Coexistence in the Middle East (CME) is an intercultural academic field program at the Rothberg International School.

Location:
Jerusalem, Israel
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:


SUMMER, WINTER, AND TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE

Coexistence in the Middle East (CME) is an intercultural academic field program at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Through a wide range of field trips and meetings, this initiative seeks to promote coexistence by enabling future and current leaders to learn first hand about the challenges and complexities posed by:

- Encounters between the “West” and the Middle East
- Relations among Christians, Jews, and Muslims
- Israel's international relations with Arab and Muslim countries
- Interests and concerns of the International Community
- Competing claims between Israelis and Palestinians

No previous coursework or knowledge needed. Option to earn undergraduate or graduate credits. Professionals who do not submit course assignments will receive a certificate of participation.


EXPERIENCE THE CHALLENGE OF HUMAN DIVERSITY while earning academic credit at a WORLD TOP 100 UNIVERSITY. Coexistence in the Middle East (CME) is a 3-9 credit intercultural field program in which participants have the opportunity to explore the facts on the ground and examine local realities from the perspectives of various religious, political, cultural and national groups that converge in Jerusalem, a crossroads of humanity. Gain exposure to multiple narratives and realities through access to the sites beyond the headlines and engaging dialog with regional players.


1. ACADEMIC CREDITS
3-9 credits through the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ranked among the WORLD’S TOP 100 UNIVERSITIES.

2. ACCESS TO KEY SITES*
- Arab and Jewish Settlements
- The Golan Heights
- Borders with Syria and Lebanon
- “Security Fence”/”Occupation Wall”
- Sderot and the Border with Gaza
- NGOs and Government Institutions
- The Sea of Galilee and Nazareth
- The Dead Sea and Masada

3. MEETINGS WITH DIFFERENT PLAYERS*
- Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders
- Diplomats and members of international NGOs
- Military staff and residents of disputed areas
- Israeli and Palestinian leaders and activists
- Video conferences with dissidents from Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and Syria
- Arab and Jewish government officials
- Middle East scholars and experts
- Representatives from across the spectrum of political parties


4. MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE
To date, undergraduate and graduate students from prestigious universities across six continents, along with diplomats and professionals in various fields, have participated in CME.

*subject to changes

Setting Description:

Students will live and attend lectures at the diverse Hebrew University campus, located in the ancient and beautiful city of Jerusalem.
Cost:
$2445 (one course) - $5422 (three courses)
*prices include housing

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 35 Reviews

  • Very comprehensive and satisfying
    5.0
    12/15/16
    Overall I enjoyed the program. I thought it was very comprehensive and satisfying to hear both the religious and political aspect of this conflict in addition to the various coexistence initiatives currently going on.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Unforgettable four weeks
    5.0
    12/15/16
    I totally liked the course and I am sure I will not forget these four weeks. I wish you guys a lot of success for the following years.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Better insight into the conflict
    5.0
    12/15/16

    I think that it is a great program that allows us to get a better insight into the conflict and the different dimensions that a solution needs to cover. Even when lacking a strong background in the subject, the content is well structured to allow a better

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • This program definitely changed my life
    5.0
    12/15/16

    This program definitely changed my life. It changed my point of view and now I have found that there are so many different perspectives regarding Israel and the conflict. I became more critical and analytical beyond the conflict. I have become more sensitive

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Being here was a life lesson
    5.0
    12/15/16
    Thanks Israel, thanks to the coexistence program, being here was a life lesson. Hearing the testimonies of the people and analyzing the situation from within have opened my eyes and left me with the task of teaching what I experienced here.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • See the personal dynamics of Arab and Israeli society on the ground
    5.0
    12/15/16

    The Coexistence in the Middle East program was a fascinating experience with academically intense lectures alongside fun and interactive field trips. I recommend enrolling in the program in order to both study the Arab-Israeli conflict but also to see

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A chance to experience history
    5.0
    12/15/16

    I participated in the Coexistence Trip to better understand the emotions and experience of locals that are in the middle of this conflict. I wanted to learn more about the conflict because I will be a volunteer in the West Bank and other regions in the

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A unique program
    5.0
    12/15/16

    "Coexistence in the Middle East" is a unique program that enabled me to see the conflict, but also the people and their stories from different perspectives. I think one can apply the knowledge I gained here not only for this particular situation but for

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Such a great way to spend my summer
    5.0
    12/15/16

    Coexistence in the Middle East' was such a great way to spend my summer. Being in Israel was amazing! Historically and culturally there is so much to see, and it’s a great place to see coexistence and the lack thereof in action. The program was set

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A real life perspective
    5.0
    12/15/16

    We had an amazing opportunity to meet people that we would never have the chance to meet otherwise, as well as to travel all over the country. The combination of these two things has definitely broadened my understanding. There is nothing like being on

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The course played a pivotal role
    5.0
    12/15/16

    I can testify that the course played a pivotal role for both myself and others who were interested in learning about the conflict. The class allowed students to question dominant ideologies and become active in talking to both Israeli’s and Palestinians

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My life will be forever changed
    5.0
    12/15/16

    It is not often that I get the opportunity of studying Jewish, Christian, Muslim relations in the Holiest Land in the world. The four weeks that I shared with mentors and students has allowed me to open my eyes to the many different perspectives that

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An even more impressive story with every field trip.
    5.0
    12/15/16

    What we shouldn't forget from this summer course is patience and trust. Patience to hear the other side of the story before making up our mind and patience to hear an even more impressive story with every field trip. Trust the people talking to us to

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Changes your entire world vision
    5.0
    12/15/16

    This experience was much more than a summer course; it changes your entire vision of the world. It lets you see the differences between cultures and the situations around the world, learn about the current conflict, and hear the people involved. That’s

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Truely understand the geographical, social, and religious dimensions of the situation once you´re in Israel
    5.0
    12/15/16

    The program is a remarkable opportunity for anyone who is interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As a graduate student enrolled in a Middle Eastern studies degree, I had several preconceived notions of what I was about to encounter before arriving

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A picture is worth a 1000 words
    5.0
    12/15/16

    In other courses you are usually sitting in a classroom but in this course we literally went to every corner of Israel. A picture is worth a 1000 words so if you are actually going and seeing things in person, it gives you a completely different impression.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A defining summer in my life
    5.0
    12/15/16

    I chose to participate in the Coexistence in the Middle East course because I really wanted to learn about both sides of the conflict; not just by sitting in the classroom and reading text, but by talking to the people that live it on the ground every

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • unforgettable milestone in my life
    5.0
    12/15/16

    A truly remarkable and enjoyable program! I embarked on this breathtaking journey of coexistence with a malleable state of mind, ready to challenge preconceived notions. Indeed, I left with no regrets, a greater appreciation for peace, coexistence, and

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Variety of Field Trips
    5.0
    12/15/16
    I am very happy about the variety of field trips in the program and how we got to meet so many different representatives from different institutions and organizations. I like the fact that the days are long and packed with interesting lectures.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A very enjoyable and rewarding experience!
    5.0
    12/15/16

    I stated at the beginning that I came to Israel to learn, and I have certainly learned a great deal from being in this course. I have met wonderful and fascinating people who are doing inspiring work in the area of coexistence, and I have also become

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Learn about the History and Magic of the Region
    5.0
    12/15/16
    It was a great experience and I have met a lot of interesting people who took part as participants or who shared with us their point of view. Moreover, I have seen fascinating places and learned more about their history and magic to other people.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Fascinating cultural crossroad
    5.0
    12/15/16

    This course definitely differs from most other summer school programs one may find on the globe, not only because it is set in such an amazing and diverse area, but also because it approaches the object to be studied in a completely different manner.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • First-hand experience
    5.0
    12/15/16

    The thing I like the most is to be able to live this experience first-hand. To actually go and visit the places where the conflict exists or the places where all the stories told in the books really happened. Reading a book is so different from seeing

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Program has helped me grow in many different ways
    5.0
    12/15/16

    I came to the program with a memory of losses, and now after this experience of one month I have learned to focus not on what I have lost, but in fact to concentrate on the gains and the chances life presents to us. Through this program I have met people

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Course full of feild workd
    5.0
    12/15/16

    Through this summer course I could learn a lot. I have not studied about peace conflict or political science. But in the course I still learned a lot about Israel and the relationship between Israel and other Arab countries. This course is full of field

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Coexistence class is too unique to even be called a class.
    5.0
    12/15/16

    The Coexistence class is too unique to even be called a class. You're always learning and you will constantly be challenged, but it is definitely better explained as an experience. You get to explore Israel in a way that most people never will. Spending

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Sharing the experience with People from around the world is amazing
    5.0
    12/15/16

    This experience was much more than a summer course; it changes your entire vision of the world. It lets you see the differences between cultures and the situations around the world, learn about the current conflict, and hear the people involved. That’s

     read more
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Deeply impacted the way I see things
    5.0
    12/15/16

    Being in Israel and participating in the program has deeply impacted the way I see things. Being in a wonderful country like Israel meant to be in contact with people who I admire and which are at the center of convergence of different views, religions,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • the whole of Israel becomes your classroom
    5.0
    12/15/16

    The experiences I’ve had here cannot be simulated anywhere else and that’s what makes the experience so unique. I believe that this course is the only one of its kind in the world given the range of speakers and sights. Here, the whole of Israel becomes

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An amazing experience!
    5.0
    12/15/16

    An amazing experience! I have never had a class like this before and it will stay with me forever. I enjoyed every minute of it. 'Coexistence in the Middle East' allows you to physically meet (and more importantly question) the people that are the crux

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Humanistic approach to the Israeli-Paletsinian Conflict
    5.0
    12/15/16

    I never thought a simple university course abroad could have such a powerful emotional, educational, and spiritual impact on a person. The diverse insights and knowledge brought to the table by our wonderful professors and now friends, as well as the

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Excellent exposure to the issues facing present-day Israel
    5.0
    12/15/16

    The program provides excellent exposure to the issues facing present-day Israel. It offers an invaluable opportunity to travel all over the country guided by academic staff and professional tour guides. Our visits to the Golan Heights, the border with

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The coexistence trip exceeded all my expectations by far
    5.0
    12/15/16

    The coexistence trip exceeded all my expectations by far. As a history and politics student I thought I already knew a lot about the Israel-Palestine conflict, however, the month really opened my eyes to a whole new side away from the books and the theory.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Two words: Life Changing
    5.0
    12/15/16

    Two words: Life Changing. I think the program exceeded my expectations in every way. I was consistently blown away by the access we were givento prestigious individuals and institutions at the very center of the political, religious, and cultural life

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Experience the Human Side of the Conflict
    5.0
    12/15/16

    From my previous experience at the UN headquarter to the field visits (Gaza Strip, West Bank, and other borders) I gained first-hand experience of what is happening in the real world. Not what politicians say, but what people say! I heard narratives from

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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