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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Jerusalem

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.

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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