Monday, May 22, 2017

Study Tour to Israel

HIST/POLSC 341 Modern Middle East is a multidisciplinary course offered in conjunction with a trip to Israel in 2018. The course features the study of the region as a whole, trying to grasp its historical and political development and current character. Geography, political history, religion, and natural resources all play an important role. The course will emphasize the emergence of the modern state of Israel and its diplomatic, military, and cultural relations with other countries in the region. Students enrolled in HIS/POLSC 341 (offered spring of even years) or REL 375OLB (offered spring of odd years) will be given priority for the limited seats available on the tour.

The tour features the study of biblical geography; biblical history; the story of Christianity, Judaism and Islam in what is now the modern State of Israel. Students will have the opportunity to spend time at significant biblical sites while studying the relevant texts and concepts. The program also features lectures by prominent Israeli and Palestinian scholars, politicians, religious, and business figures followed by times of discussion and Q & A. Students will participate in home visits, dine with an Israeli family, visit a Kibbutz, and engage in conversation with Israeli and Palestinian university students.

Biblical Highlights: Nazareth, Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, City of David, Western Wall, Garden of Gethsemane, The Way of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Dead Sea
Additional Locations: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Mount Precipice, Aramaic Village, site of the Temple of Pan, Mount Scopus, Israeli Kibbutz, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Site of the Temple Courts, Bethesda Pools, Garden Tomb, Masada, Holocaust Museum, Keenest, Independence Hall, Tel Aviv markets, Caesarea

Approximately $1,057
INCLUDED: Airfare from departure city to Tel Aviv, lodging, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), transportation in-country by charter bus, all exhibit and entrance fees, international health insurance, and tips for tour guide, medic/security guard, and bus driver. Included in the price above, but paid for by participants are round-trip transportation from home to departure city (probably JFK or Newark airport, estimated $300) and Passages fee ($600)
NOT INCLUDED: Expense for passport ($135) and personal expenses (est. $100$200)

The generous financial support and trip coordination are provided by Passages.
February 1
Apply through Abroad Office and complete required AU paperwork

1 $600 Non-refundable deposit due with Passages on-line application
1. Create an account on Abroad Office
2. On the left, choose 2018 AU Programs, then Israel Study Tour page. Click Apply to Program and complete application information.

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