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Center for Israel Studies | Study Abroad & Exchanges


  • Center for Israel Studies
    Battelle Tompkins, Room T39

  • Center for Israel Studies
    4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20016


Washington, D.C., and Israel, two places laden with history, are ideal locations fora two-way student exchange that takes advantage of American University's commitment to global education. Time spent in either place has the potential to profoundly affect the way students view the world and their choices for the future. Israeli students will have the chance to study in the nation's capital and participate in its life by interning in one of the organizations that are important in Washington. For many American students, a trip to Israel represents a connection with the past. Opportunities for AU students to study in Israel and participate in contemporary Israeli life will enhance this connection.

AU Study Abroad Programs

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
In this unique program located on Kibbutz Ketura in the Southern Arava Valley, students come together from many parts of the world to study desert and marine ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental policy, economics and law, environmental ethics, and social analysis. Over the course of one or two semesters, students engage in an interdisciplinary program built of rigorous courses in diverse environmental fields, a peace-building and leadership seminar, and may choose an independent research project as well as hands-on and field study components.
Offered every: Fall, Spring, Full Year.

Israel: Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is Israel's fastest growing institution, and is gaining international repute for its innovative research, its dynamic student body and its modern campus.
Offered every: Fall, Spring, Full Year

Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem
AU Abroad is pleased to once again provide AU students the extraordinary opportunity to study at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Offered every: Fall, Spring, Full Year

Israel: Hebrew University Summer Language Courses
Earn Hebrew Language credit during a summer intensive language program in Jerusalem!
Offered every: Summer

Israel: Tel Aviv University
Study abroad at Tel Aviv University, learn Hebrew, and take college level courses in English for full academic credit while immersed in Israeli culture. The breadth of expertise—combined with the university's location in Tel Aviv, nerve center of Israeli industry, business, and culture—creates ideal conditions for cross-disciplinary research that touches on all aspects of life.
Offered every: Fall, Spring, Full Year

Israel: Tel Aviv University Summer Language Courses
Earn Hebrew language credit during an intensive summer Hebrew language program in Tel Aviv, Israel!
Offered every: Summer

Israel: University of Haifa
Study at the University of Haifa and experience life in one of Israel's most charming cities. An example of coexistence, Haifa's diverse population and beautiful coastal Mediterranean setting provide for a very unique academic study abroad experience.
Offered every: Fall, Spring, Full Year

SIS Abroad: Israel: The Prospects for Peace
What are the prospects for a peace deal in 2014? This unique program, led by SIS USFP assistant professor Guy Ziv, focuses on this longtime U.S. foreign policy objective. In addition to studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the program will examine how security, environmental, and human rights issues converge to inform both domestic and foreign policy in Israel. This program explores the complex issues facing the modern state of Israel as shaped by its many voices, both past and present.
See 2013 Student Blogs.
Offered May 29 through June 14, 2014

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Study Abroad Scholarships

AU Abroad and the School of Public Affairs offer scholarship opportunities to AU students to help subsidize travel- and research-related costs for AU study abroad programs.

Click here for information about the AU Abroad Student Mobility Grant.

Click here for information about the Jane R. Glaser Scholarship for a semester of study at Hebrew University (SPA students only).

2014-15 Internships

Click here for current internships available to students in Washington, DC.