Let’s play word association. What comes to mind when you hear “Jerusalem”? Do you see winding cobblestone streets and ancient temples and churches? Do you hear the call to prayer and smell shawarma and falafel? Studying abroad in Jerusalem is studying abroad in a city that has played a major role in world events for centuries. It may be one of the oldest cities in the world, but Jerusalem is also the capital city of a country of innovators and entrepreneurs who are leading the charge towards technological innovation in the modern world.
Popular Ways to Study in Jerusalem
Jerusalem has been a popular destination for students, travelers, and adventurers of all types for centuries. While some countries are better for certain subjects, there really is a program for everyone in Jerusalem.
Popular subjects to study in Jerusalem. Can you think of a better place to study archaeology than Jerusalem’s Old City? Or you can learn all about business from Israel’s innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs. Learn one of Israel’s two official languages, or if you’re really ambitious, learn Hebrew AND Arabic.
Short term and summer programs vs. long term programs. Not ready to spend a whole year abroad? Can’t fit a semester program into your schedule if you want to graduate on time with four majors and two minors? Then come to Jerusalem for a shorter program. Participating in a summer program is no less rewarding and impactful. A summer program is a great option for first timers who aren’t quite ready to leave home for an extended amount of time. There are tons of great short program options in Jerusalem. However, choosing a longer program, like a semester or a full year, gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into the society you are living in. While studying in Jerusalem, it will become a second home, you’ll become a regular at the many produce stalls in the shuk, and you’ll learn where to find the best falafel pita.
Attending universities vs. other program types. There are several options when it comes to deciding where to study abroad in Jerusalem. There are world-class universities, language institutes, cultural institutions, and volunteer organizations. Each one offers unique programs, meaning there are plenty of options to meet your academic needs and interests. Additionally, many US colleges and universities have study abroad offices with resources for you and some operate their own programs abroad. You can opt to directly enroll in an Israeli university, or use a provider or your own university to coordinate your studies abroad. Hebrew University, one of Israel’s largest and most prestigious universities, offers programs in a multitude of disciplines at all levels. They host students from around the world every year. Jerusalem is also home to tons of other schools and programs ready to teach you about just about any topic you can think of.
Student Life in Jerusalem
Life as an international student in Jerusalem is never dull. Israel is a small country, which means it’s easy to get around. Take a bus to Tel Aviv for a beach day, or up to the Golan Heights for a scenic hike. In a country the size of New Jersey you can spend your morning in the mountains and be in the Negev desert by sunset. Studying abroad in Jerusalem is also a great time to get some hands on experience by adding a volunteer component to your program, either in Jerusalem or the surrounding area.
Staying in Jerusalem is never dull either. Get lost meandering down the streets of the old city and stumble upon a centuries-old temple, church, or mosque. Learn a new language or about a new culture and religion. Outside the old city, Jerusalem is a modern city. It is a city of historical, cultural, and political significance. Check out the museums, the parks, and the markets. Machane Yehuda Market, or The Shuk, as it’s commonly known, is a great place to explore the sounds and tastes of Jerusalem.
GoAbroad Insider Tips
Many people think of Israel as being a desert country. There is a beautiful desert worth exploring, but it’s only one part of the country. Jerusalem is a city in the mountains that can get fairly cold in the winter. It even snows in Jerusalem, a day or two every year. It might be a good idea to throw a sweater into your bag with your bathing suits and hiking boots.
Jerusalem and its holy sites are a significant part of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Despite what you have read and heard in the media at home, studying in Jerusalem and getting to know people of all faiths and nationalities will give you new insights and perspectives. Take advantage of the resources you have as a student to learn about an issue that affects everyone.
Choosing a study abroad program in Jerusalem gives you the opportunity to explore thousands of years of history, mountains, deserts, beaches, and the best hummus. The possibilities are seemingly endless with so many study abroad programs being offered.
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