Program Details

SYNOPSIS: This interdisciplinary four-week program (July 6 - August 3, 2017) offers BA/MA/PhD students 8 academic credits (four courses, taught in English), and a certificate. The credits can be recognized in conjunction with your home university.

Ramat Gan, Israel; Tel Aviv, Israel
Program Type:
Study Abroad
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Program Overview

Program Description:

1.    Pre-Program activities - In order to enable our students to fully benefit from the summer program. we begin our program even before classes commence. Participants will receive (via email) material about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (e.g., documentary films and academic articles) before the summer, so once they arrive in Israel, they can be acquainted with the local relevant context. In addition, all the reading materials of the courses will be posted online and available before arrival in Israel, thereby enabling students to use their time in Israel more effectively.

2.    July 6, 2017, Thursday afternoon - The Opening Ceremony of the Summer Program

3.    July 7, 2017, Friday - Students in-campus acquaintance activity and campus tour  

4.    July 9 - August 3, 2017 - The courses - Studies begin on Sunday, July 9, 2017. In each week one 2-credit hour course will be taught (4 courses in total).  

5.    August 3, 2017, Thursday afternoon - Ceremony marking the completion of the program 

6.    Post-Program activities - Submission of final papers and/or communication with the program's faculty and alumni. 


1) From cultures of domination to cultures of cooperation – Mr. Michael Sternberg 

2) Religion and Peacebuilding: Jewish and Islamic Models in Texts, Theory and Practice - Dr. Daniel Roth and Dr. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana 

3) Collective Memory and Narrative in Identity-Based Conflict and Cooperation - Dr. Rafi Nets (-Zehngut)

4) From Identity-Based Conflict to Identity-Based Cooperation - Prof. Jay Rothman 

SYNOPSIS: This interdisciplinary four-week program (July 6 – August 3, 2017) - that was awarded a special scholarship from the Israeli National Council for Higher Education - offers 8 academic credits (four courses, taught in English). Students receive a certificate of participation upon completion of all courses (issued by the University’s Program on Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation). The M.A. level academic credits can be recognized in conjunction with the policy of the students' home universities. The program provides - through on-site experiential and traditional learning - theoretical and practical insights. Individual courses (5 days each) can also be taken. Admission is open to holders of undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as current advanced undergraduate students and current graduate students. Our participants come from all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (including conflict resolution practitioners, as well as the general public). 

DETAILS: Conflicts over collective identity - including issues of religion, narratives and culture - abound in our world today. Taught by leading scholars and practitioners, this unique program offers four intensive conflict resolution courses focusing on such conflicts and how to creatively deal with them.

The program examines interpersonal level, national and international conflicts with a focus on identity-based conflicts and a particular emphasis on conflicts found in Israel. The participants come from diverse backgrounds and the program consists of seminars, workshops, simulations, films and guest lectures. This is an interdisciplinary program that deals with our subjects from a variety of perspectives, including  law, psychology, religion and culture. The program also includes various social events such as receptions, meetings with Israeli Jewish/Muslim students and other cultural activities. Upon completion of the complete program (4 courses), a certificate of participation is awarded by the University’s Program on Conflict Management, Resolution and Negotiations.   

Setting Description:
Established in 2000, the Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Program, which oversees this summer program, is characterized by distinguished faculty members who combine theory and practice in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary manner. The students come from all realms of Israeli Jewish, Muslim and Christian societies providing a diverse student experience. The regular (Hebrew language) program awards Masters and Ph.D. degrees, sponsors research, training programs, international conferences, and operates a Mediation Center. The program also publishes the International Journal of Conflict Engagement and Resolution.

Bar-Ilan University, established in 1955, is a diverse and dynamic university with some 30,000 students, including many international students. The University has 8 faculties, over 120 Departments and Centers, and offers over 8,000 courses. It is located only 15 minutes away from Tel Aviv.
2,720, 680 per course USD. Total for 8 credits: $2,720 (USD), $2,500 for registration by February 1; individual courses possible - 680$ each.

Additional Program Information

Applicants (Israeli and non-Israeli citizens) should hold or be entitled to an undergraduate/BA or graduate/Masters degree, or currently be enrolled in an undergraduate program (close to completion of their degree by the beginning of the Summer Program) or in a graduate program. Degrees and studies are acceptable from all the social sciences, the liberal arts or the humanities.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 2 Reviews

  • Chana

    This is a great and challenging program that will be a benefit to anyone who is interested in conflict studies, offering an enriching learning experience with teachers who are distinguished scholars in their fields. You are welcome to read my detailed

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

    The Conflict Resolution Program was an amazing experience. We enjoyed a good time with excellent professors. It was not only theoretical but also practical. We developed cases that made us put in a perspective real scenarios. We finished the courses visiting

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