Birthright Israel: Israel Outdoors
May 4 - May 14, 2020
Application deadline: February 9
Commitment deadline: February 16
The UCF Judaic Studies Program is pleased to offer one of its most popular courses as a study abroad opportunity, for students interested in supplementing their studies with a personal, first-hand experience in the land of Israel.
The course is designed to highlight the modern reality of the State of Israel – a twenty-first-century high-tech nation on top of many centuries of history, stretching back to biblical times.
Participants will experience a thorough ten-day tour of the country with birthright Israel. From the cutting-edge bustle and beaches of Tel Aviv to the hills of northern Galilee, to the Judean Desert, to the Western Wall and multiple historical sites of Jerusalem. The tour will include the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book (housing the Dead Sea Scrolls), and Yad Vashem (the Holocaust museum). Another highlight will involve an overnight stay at a traditional Bedouin village.
Students will register for: JST 3955 Study Abroad: Modern Israeli Culture – for three semester hours of credit. The program is open to all undergraduate students, and no prerequisite is required.
In a nutshell, you’re eligible for a Birthright Israel trip if you are: (1) between the ages of 18-32, (2) of Jewish descent, and (3) have at least one Jewish parent (or you converted to Judaism). Additionally, you must have already graduated high school by the time of the trip, and cannot be attending a full-time Jewish studies program. Finally, this must be your first Jewish peer trip to Israel since turning 18.
For additional eligibility information, please visit this page: https://www.israeloutdoors.com/explore-the-gift/eligibility/
- Develop a personal knowledge and understanding of the historical and geopolitical realities shaping the state of Israel today and its relations with other states in the region.
- Understand the assorted elements of Israeli culture that have made its technological "miracle" possible.
- Recognize how "cross-pollination" in Israel works, to integrate education, the military, and business and technology needs toward comprehensive strategies fostering success in the international marketplace.
- Grasp the many academic/ scholarly issues raised with regard to Israel's "start-up" culture, as it faces new challenges and opportunities (socially and politically) in the twenty-first century
To be posted soon.
Pricing (Based upon a minimum number of students being recruited):
Program fee: $600 - a refundable deposit of $250 is made to Birthright Israel (please visit Birthright's homepage below for additional details)
Payment: $250 - due on TBD date to Birthright Israel and is a refundable deposit
$350 - due on TBD date to UCF Abroad (this is our study abroad administrative fee)
The following services are included as part of the program fee:
- Local hotel
- All excursions
- Airport transportation
- Local ground transportation
- Two meals a day
- UCF Abroad administrative fee ($350)
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Program Leader: Dr. Kenneth Hanson
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