Upgrade your Birthright Israel experience this summer by earning 3 college credits from a prestigious university on this immersive, 14-day adventure that explores a variety of narratives, communities, & cultures!
Birthright Israel Study Abroad combines the classic Birthright Israel trip with a study abroad experience that goes far beyond the classroom & into the heart of Israeli society. Learn from incredible encounters with an array of diverse communities including the Ultra Orthodox, Israeli Arabs, Jewish settlers, the LGBTQ+ community, Bedouins, Ethiopian Jews, & much more.
This program, run in partnership with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Hinam - The Center For Social Tolerance, is the perfect fit for anyone seeking an authentic experience that offers diverse perspectives. By focusing on a variety of cultures, groups of people, narratives, & insights into Israeli society, this academic program engages participants in thought-provoking conversations about contentious issues, through the eyes of locals rather than a textbook.
Birthright Israel Study Abroad is an excellent opportunity for people at a variety of stages in life, whether you are a current college student, graduate student, or a young professional seeking an opportunity to broaden your perspective on diverse Israeli communities & cultures.
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“Life-changing is an understatement. Shorashim’s program was an absolutely transformative experience that will always remain in my heart and mind. The knowledge, exposure, and awareness I gained during this trip is an asset that will add value to all of my future experiences."
Frequently Asked Questions:
Through this incredible program, students have the opportunity to earn three college credits. Similar credit summer courses at leading Israeli universities average between $1,500-$2,000 and cost much more than $2000 at institutions in the United States. Fortunately, we are able to offer a competitive course rate, which includes the opportunity to participate in high-level excursions, gain academic accreditation, hear from university faculty and lecturers, and participate in field study days, all while spending four additional days in Israel.
Birthright Israel is an innovative partnership between the Government of Israel, private philanthropists, and thousands of donors and Jewish communities around the world, including North American Jewish Federations through the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Keren Hayesod.
Birthright Israel Study Abroad is a unique, two-week journey that allows students to earn up to 3 college credits through an immersive, educational experience. Birthright Israel Study Abroad combines all the adventure of a Birthright Israel experience with world-renowned learning opportunities from leading academic institutions.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School, the entire country of Israel becomes your classroom as you experience Israel through a one-of-a-kind lens that focuses on the communities, cultures, narratives, controversies, challenges, and discourse surrounding a variety of groups with different perspectives, stories, & outlooks.
This experience offers students the one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Israel with Israelis through Shorashim’s award-winning itinerary while synthesizing this experience with visits to a variety of communities in Israel. By taking part in different workshops and hearing about different communities accomplishments, challenges, and stories, participants are able to learn about the multiculturalism of Israel first-hand. This program truly goes beyond the typical Birthright Israel experiences and offers a unique, immersive view of Israel like never before and directly connects with Shorashim’s mission and focus on authentic encounters between Israelis and Americans.
Each university has their own special policy for accepting credit transfers. Our best recommendation is to check with your respective school to see what their policies for transferring credits are, and be in touch with us if you or your university have further questions about how to transfer credits.
Upon returning from Birthright Israel, each student who participates in this program is responsible for being in touch with Hebrew University to obtain the needed materials for their home university to effectively transfer credit.
You must have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply for this program.
There are no tests during this course, but you will have to complete a group & individual case study that fits the program requirements in order to receive credit.
This program is a one-of-a-kind experience that allows you examine different narratives of Israel through truly unique encounters. Whether you are currently in school or simply interested in being a part of an innovative experience that offers a wide variety of views and experiences, there is definitely value in being a part of this extraordinary experience.