All undergraduates should strongly consider studying abroad. The personal and academic benefits of such enrichment experiences can be extraordinary. For Jewish Studies students, there are a number of options for studying abroad, and we can almost always offer you financial support to help you pursue these opportunities.
Semester-long programs in Israel
PSU offers semester-long programs in Tel Aviv and in Haifa, both of which are run by the Office of Global Programs. Information on the University of Tel Aviv program can be found here. Information on the University of Haifa program can be found here. There is also a special engineering program at the Technion University in Haifa; information can be found here.
Shorter Programs in Israel
The Jewish Studies Program, in conjunction with the Department of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, offers two options for summer study in Israel, including a study tour and an archeological field school, both led by professor Ann Killebrew. Many students choose to do both of these programs together, after which they are already well on their way to a minor in Jewish Studies.
It is also possible to study abroad in Israel on non-PSU sponsored programs, such as the summer Ulpan at Hebrew University. Work in these programs can often qualify for PSU transfer credits. Please contact the registrar and your advisor for more information on how to do this.
Note: Travel to Israel has been discouraged by the US State Department for a number of years. Penn State, however, has developed a policy to provide waivers for faculty who would like to create Study Abroad Programs in Israel or for students who would like to participate in programs offered by academic institutions in Israel. Penn State Policy R-7 establishes the procedures that need to be followed to acquire a waiver; more information can be found at the Penn State Education Abroad web site. Please contact your advisor or the Program Director for advice before making application for this exception.