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How to Earn College Credit on Birthright Israel

New program offers an immersive educational experience in collaboration with three of Israel’s top academic institutions

Snorkeling at the reefs in Eilat - explored extensively by the Israel’s Ecosystems program.   Photo Credit:  Leetal Elmaleh
Snorkeling at the reefs in Eilat - explored extensively by the Israel’s Ecosystems program. Photo Credit: Leetal Elmaleh

Over the past 16 years, Birthright Israel has brought more than 500,000 young Jews from around the world to Israel for an action-packed 10-day adventure. Now, the program is taking it to the next level with the introduction of college credit.

Birthright Israel Academic is a new 13-day program offering an immersive educational experience in collaboration with three of Israel’s top academic institutions. Students taking this accelerated course can earn up to 3 credits!

Courses offered this summer include:

Israel’s Ecosystems – Where the Desert Meets the Sea: From Coral Reefs Ecology to Desert Biotechnology
Ben Gurion University

Focusing on marine geology and biology, this course explores the coral reef ecosystem and what makes the Gulf of Eilat unique while experiencing firsthand the challenges of a desert environment. Guided by top professors and researchers in the field, the course will include amazing field excursions, such as snorkeling the Red Sea, exploring a reef observatory, connecting the plant and animal life of the region, hiking through the mountains of Eilat, examining renewable energy sources, and taking an exciting research cruise. Participants learn through hands-on research projects, demonstrations, and lectures on Ben Gurion University’s Eilat Campus.

Challenge of Terrorism to Israel, the Middle East & the Global Arena
IDC Herzliya

Located in the center of the Middle East, Israel is one of the world’s most intriguing and complex countries. Woven into the modern and constantly changing social trends, there are historic, deep-rooted religious sectarian and interwoven tribal affiliations. In this course, students become familiar with the region’s complex issues, learn to analyze them, and come to a better understanding of the challenge terrorism in Israel poses to the world at large.

Israel and the ‘New Middle East’: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges in Israel’s Foreign and Security Policy
Tel Aviv University

The past four years have brought substantial, fast-paced change to the Middle East. The Arab Spring has shaken up the regional status quo and contributed to transforming the political, social, and security landscape. The course explores Israel’s security and foreign policy in light of the complex and evolving regional dynamics. In defining Israel’s new security environment, the course will go beyond the military/hard-security dimension to address emerging economic, political, and social challenges and opportunities.

Registration for this program is now open and sure to fill up quickly with students looking to advance their degree through this fast and fun opportunity. Get your spot today.