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Study Abroad

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, currently offers students the opportunity to study in Israel at an archeological field school led by Professor Ann Killebrew

Photo Provided by Ann Killebrew

This 6-credit archaeological field school at Tel Akko integrates the multifaceted aspects of twenty-first-century archaeology and introduces students to the history and culture of Israel–past, present, and future. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Acre/Akko/Akka is the focus of this unique and cutting-edge archaeological field school. Throughout its history, Akko has served as a major maritime center and emporium for the ancient world. Bronze and Iron Age Akko appears prominently in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Classical and biblical accounts. Known locally as Napoleon’s Hill, excavations on this ancient mound, have uncovered remains of Canaanite, “Sea Peoples,” Phoenician, Persian, Greek and Hellenistic culture. During more recent times, it has entered history as the city that withstood Napoleon’s two-month siege and marked the end of his campaign to conquer the Middle East. Today Akko is a major tourist destination, well-known for its picturesque and historic Ottoman period town that is constructed on the ruins of the best-preserved Crusader city in the world. This summer program is cross-listed and fulfills Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Anthropology degree requirements.

Students participating in the Tel Akko Field School reside at the Israel Nautical College, located in the modern city of Akko on the Mediterranean Sea. The rooms are dormitory-style, featuring full board accommodations with three to four students per room.

For details about the Tel Akko Field School, contact Professor . For additional information on the excavation, visit the Tel Akko website. To apply, fill out the Penn State application.

Other Programs in Israel

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.


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