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The Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs offers a comprehensive spread of short-term, intensive and specialized summer courses designed for undergraduate and graduate students and mature learners with academic backgrounds. Varied study field trips complement these courses, bringing the subject matter to life while broadening the students' perspective and enriching their academic experience. A link to the main Summer Courses page on the Hebrew University website is at the bottom of the page, which has a calendar and full application details.


Innovnation: Israel. Go Beyond Your Imagination

Start Ups and Innovation: The Israeli Model (48787)
Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future (48788)

InnovNation offers executive and academic programs that seek to spark innovation worldwide by exposing students, professionals and entrepreneurs from all over the globe to Israel, a country world renowned as the Start-up nation. This is achieved through multiple lectures, meetings, and site visits, that combine theoretical know-how with the insights and first-hand experience of Israel's top innovative companies and entrepreneurs. Click here for the 2016 program brochureClick here to apply

Transboundary Water Cooperation

Transboundary Water Cooperation

Water is a finite resource that is currently under stress. This is particularly true in Israel where the agricultural, industrial, environmental and urban sectors compete over this resource. Moreover, since most of Israel's water is transboundary, disputes over water are ongoing between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The aim of this program is to enable students to examine the distribution of available water resources in Israel among different users and sectors as well as between Israel and its neighbors. Attention will be paid to technological, legal and institutional mechanisms to resolve the water conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Two full day and two half day excursions relevant to the course theme are also part of the program. Click here to apply

Trans-Discliplinary Innovnation

Trans-Disciplinary Innovnation Program (TIP)

The Trans-disciplinary Innovation Program (TIP) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a new cutting edge international platform, which provides intense educational program that weaves togethercomputer vision, big-data/cyber and bioengineering, following with an unprecedented opportunity to personally interact with Nobel Laureates, to work in heterogenous teams with mentorship of leading scientists  and entrepreneurs and to pitch ideas to investors. Click here to apply


Archeology of The New Testament (48784)

From his birth to his Crucifixion, Jesus of Nazareth changed the course of history as few did before him or have done since. The belief that he was the Messiah captured the hearts of many and by the fourth century Christianity became the official religion of the whole Roman Empire. This specially designed course will review and analyze the archaeological record of Christian activity in the Holy Land, from the time of Jesus and up to the Crusades. It will be comprised of class meetings, and intensive field trips to Jerusalem, the Galilee, and the Judean Desert. Click here to apply

Collective Memory

Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (48777)

In Israel—like in most contemporary societies—collective memory increasingly plays a leading role in the construction of national and group identities. Countless conflicts are caused, and some are resolved, through the narratives about the past that a people tells itself. This class takes an in-depth look at theories about collective memory and examines the ways in which these theories are exemplified in various Israeli case studies. By looking at various sites of memories, a variety of questions that are central to national, ethnic and religious identity are investigated: What is the role of memory of the Holocaust today? Why is Yitzhak Rabin so strongly commemorated in Tel Aviv, and so forgotten in Jerusalem? What are the differences and similarities between Israeli and Palestinian commemoration of the 1948 war? How have various historical-religious sites in Jerusalem developed into tourist attractions? And what is the role of archaeology in the shaping of ideology in Israel? Click here to apply


Militant Radical Movements in Contemporary Islam (48782)

Students will have the opportunity to find the answers to significant questions about radical Islam: What are the key Islamist movements? What motivates them? What is their relation to traditional Islamic thought and how do they relate to modernity? Against whom do they fight and why? This course in Islamic Studies will focus on major Sunni Islamist thinkers, schools, and movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Mawdudi, Sayyid Qutb and post-MB Egyptian radicalism, Palestinian Hamas, modern salafism in its various manifestations, and al-Qa'ida and affiliated organizations. The course will incorporate theoretical and comparative perspectives in addition to close study of primary sources (in translation), with the aim of understanding the diversity of modern Islamism and assessing the correlation between differences in ideology and divergent patterns of political and militant behavior. Click here to apply


The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel (48775)

This course examines the emergence of the state of Israel from its origins in the late nineteenth century until today. It deals with the key issues of nation building, the triangular conflict between Zionists, British and Arabs, the emerging religious, ethnic and national tensions and the evolution of the Arab-Israel conflict. The course will proceed to examine schisms in Israeli society, including Jewish-Arab tensions. Due consideration will be given to the debate on whether existing tensions can be accommodated by a reaffirmation of the Jewish-democratic characterization of the state or whether alternative paradigms might be considered. It takes the form of lectures, films, site visits and guest speakers. Click here to apply

History Arab Israeli Conflict

The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (48499)

In this course you are going to deal with some of the pivotal events in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the early twentieth century to the present. The evolution of the conflict between Arab states, the Palestinians and the Zionist movement, the Arab-Israeli wars and the peace negotiations and treaties between Israel, Egypt Jordan and the Palestinian national movement, are some of the main themes in this course. You will learn of the complexity of the conflict, the role of the conflict with Israel in intra-Arab relations, as well as the development of the Palestinian national movement from its inception, its relations with Arab countries, as well as its division between PLO and Hamas. Beyond discussions, the course will include panels and historical “trials” where students will present the case of conflicting views on the events they have learned about.  Click here to apply

Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study (48457)

The Arab-Israeli conflict will be examined in the context of current practices and theories relating to conflict resolution. The course will provide students with a broad perspective on the Israeli-Arab conflict, focusing on Israeli society, and exploring both academic research and practical experience on one of the most influential conflicts of our time. Additionally, the course will address the manner in which societies are influenced by a long-standing conflict. The violent and unremitting nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has contributed to the creation of the psycho-social ethos of the Israeli society. The course will also offer a multi-layered perspective on efforts to resolve conflicts by examining the Oslo peace process, as well as current and past activities by the Israeli peace camp, as a case study. Course field trips will allow students to meet prominent peace activists as well as leading conflict resolution scholars, with the aim of providing significant perspectives on the conflict. Click here to apply

Public International Law

Israel and International Law (48777)

Concepts in the international legal system are examined, with specific reference to Israel where relevant. While the course is geared toward students in the social sciences, it is structured in a manner that is suitable for students from all disciplines with an interest in international law and Israel. The issues examined help to address common problems confronting Israel in the eyes of the international legal framework. The course includes field trips and guest lectures in order to bring home some of the issues and allow for further engagement and understanding.  Click here to apply

Jerusalem Through The Ages

Uncovering Jerusalem: A Historical and Archaeological Survey (48794)

Jerusalem is a major center for western religious civilizations, possessing a long and varied history. The course will deal with the city in the various stages of its development: from Biblical times, through the Middle Ages, and to the present. Subjects to be discussed include the city plan and its physical expansion; its social and cultural dimensions; and Jerusalem as a sacred center. The course also will examine the city plan and its physical expansion, as well as analyze the relationship between the physical, social, cultural and religious dimensions of a city holy to the three major monotheistic religions. Taking advantage of Jerusalem as an open museum, students will explore its hidden treasures via an extensive series of study field trips throughout the course*. This course is a challenge to the scholar, as well as being a thrill to the inquiring mind.  Click here to apply

Contemporary Kabbalah

The New Kabbalah: From Jewish Mystics to Madonna (48776)

For millennia, Kabbalah – the Jewish mystical tradition – was a highly guarded, orally transmitted body of esoteric knowledge. Today, Kabbalah is everywhere, from the internet, to Madonna, to charms and amulets. This course explores the ways in which Kabbalah has entered into diverse forms of contemporary spirituality, new-age thought, religious cross-fertilization (i.e. Buddhist Kabbalah), art, cinema and even politics.  Click here to apply

Coexistence in the Middle East

Coexistence in the Middle East

Israel and the New Middle East: An Interactive View of the Post-Arab Spring (48795)
Narratives and Realities: Inside the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (48779)

This program offers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges and complexities of coexistence in Israel: the Holy Land for Christians, Jews and Muslims; a key point of interest and dispute for the international community; and the homeland shared and claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Extensive field trips and first-hand interaction with government officials, religious leaders, professional experts, and political and NGO activists enable students to gain exposure to a wide variety of people, narratives and perspectives. Through engaging dialogue, students uncover numerous issues, realities, resolution proposals and peace initiatives, which highlight the human dimension of the conflict and its complexities. Click here for the 2016 program brochureClick here to apply

Trauma and Reslience

Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience (Summer - 48530)

This program aims to provide participants with a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field in general against the backdrop of the Israeli experience. Theories and research pertaining to the consequences of trauma, healthy coping processes, and possible pathological consequences will be presented. Students will learn about the risks of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), related distress and potential protective factors. Guiding principles for clinical programs treating post-traumatic disorders will be discussed. An optional third week of clinical training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Traumatic Disorders will be conducted for clinicians who are interested in adapting their clinical skills to the trauma field.  Click here to apply

International Summer Program in Economics

The Hebrew University International Summer Program in Economics Education (ISEE)

A five-week Summer School in Economics will be offered by the Department of Economics of the Hebrew University, earmarked for international undergraduate and MA students with a background in Economics.The program will include two major components: Advancing students' knowledge of Economics and research skills, and graduate application advising. The academic program will be enriched by cultural activities and field trips, including site visits to leading companies in the Israeli high-tech industry. Click here to apply

International Summer Program in Economics

Institute for Education in International Media - The Jerusalem Project

Go beyond the headlines and get the real story on Israel in this hands-on, four-week international reporting program in Jerusalem, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Students will learn how to develop sources, conduct interviews and work with an interpreter and then report on the city around them, publishing their work on a professional-quality website.  Click here to apply

International Summer Program in Economics

Archaeological Field Summer Schools

Qualified volunteers can participate in archaeological excavations throughout Israel and earn Hebrew University credits. The following field schools are offered in conjunction with the Hebrew University's Institute of Archaeology and are under the responsibility of the specific field school directors: Biblical Hazor, Tel Abel Beth Maacah, Tel Lachish, Khirbet El-Eika (Hellenistic Galilee), Tiberias, and City of David.  Click here to apply


Mishpatim - Introduction to Israeli Law and Society: Ancient Peoples and Newcomers in the Start-up Nation

This three week program is an academic partnership between the University of Manitoba law school and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. This course is open to Robson Hall law students, Asper School of Business students, and law students across Canada. There are no prerequisites and the course qualifies for academic credit. This course is made possible through the subsidy of the Government of Manitoba and Friends of Hebrew University. The program aims to provide Canadian business and law students with an overview of the contemporary Israeli legal system, while enabling them to discover the major social and economic challenges that Israel has grappled with in recent years. Click here to apply

Click here to visit the main Summer Courses page on the Hebrew University website, where you will find a calendar and application details.

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