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The Modern State of Israel: Politics, Economics, & Ethnicity

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Sponsor: Northwestern University Office of International Program Development (IPD), in partnership with Tel Aviv University

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel


This new Northwestern IPD program focuses on Israel’s political and party system, its economic development, and its unique ethnic structure of Jewish immigrant groups and the Arab and Druze minority populations. The program will explore Israel’s distinct historical-religious heritage, as it is not only the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, but also the largest immigrant-absorbing nation, relative to the size of its population, representing a heterogeneous mosaic of widely diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, political, national and social groups. In addition to course work, students will visit immigrant and minority localities (e.g., Bedouins, Ethiopians, Muslim and Christian Arab communities, mixed Jewish Arab townships), and will learn about the economic, political, health, and cultural issues relevant to these populations. Field trips to historical and archaeological sites, kibbutzim, medical institutions, research facilities, and high-tech enterprises will further complement class lectures and readings.

Program Type: Northwestern-Sponsored


  • Spring


Important Note
This program is located in country under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning and operates with special permission under the university's travel policy.

Students enrolled in this program will be required to adhere to additional security measures and sign a release acknowledging the Travel Warning.

This program is subject to suspension or modification at any time. These matters will be discussed in more detail during advising appointments and pre-departure orientation.

Languages: English


Residence halls on campus

Program Costs: 

Visit the IPD program page for cost information.