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  • Locations: Jerusalem, Israel; Nazareth, Israel; Tel Aviv, Israel; Tiberius, Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost:: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Experiential Housing Type: Hostels, Homes, or Hotels
Language of Instruction: English Direct/Exchange/SNC: Faculty-led
Program Description:
Location IconHIST 389 Israel-Palestine: Common Ground, Sacred Land participants will gain a rich understanding of the region and the issues that have long divided the people who live there. Participants will visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Tiberius and the West Bank (Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Ramallah).

For the third year, SNC is partnering with Mejdi Tours, a company whose multiple perspective approach to tourism highlights the diverse cultural, religious, political, and ethnic narratives in this historic land. Accompanied by both Israeli and Palestinian guides, we will spend time interacting with everyday people, activists, and political and religious leaders representing many different points of view. We will visit all the major sites, but our trip will focus on the people — their stories, their hopes, and their perspectives on the history and future of this land.

Orientation IconThis Global Seminar is a 4-credit summer course. You are encouraged to attend the optional Pack+Prep sessions facilitated by the Center for Global Engagement during the Spring 2018 term. You are required to attend the mandatory orientation. Please see the Events page for dates, times, and locations. 

Academics IconThere are no pre-requisites for this course. This course is open to all students, with focus on those studying history, peace and justice, international studies, and political science. In addition to fulfilling an advanced history elective, the course is under review for advanced beyond borders (C-BB, C-AD). 

After interacting with so many different individuals on the trip, successful students will:
  • be able to describe various groups' narratives of the past, their serious concerns in the present, and their often shared visions for the future. 
  • better appreciate diverse perspectives within given groups, breaking down their own preconceptions and demonstrating a more sophisticated understanding of the longstanding conflict.
  • be lifelong advocates for better understanding between historical enemies, not just in the Middle East, but in their own communities.
Student will participate in public programs about the experience upon their return. 

"In all the years that I have been studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in the 28 years that I have been teaching that history here at St. Norbert College, and in all the years I have been reading about this subject and traveling in the Middle East or living in the Middle East, I don't think I have ever come across a better way of coming to some understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than this. No other tour experience is going to give you these kinds of entrees into different points of view or this kind of access." -Dr. Robert Kramer, faculty leader

Housing IconParticipants will stay in hotels for the majority of the course. A host family stay is arranged for one weekend. 

Travel Doc IconA visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of the country where you wish to study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose and for a designated period of time. A student visa is not required for this Global Seminar.

Finances IconMost meals and excursions are included in program cost. Review the budget sheet for this program by clicking on the appropriate term next to "Program Cost" at the top of the page. Please also review information regarding finances and scholarships, as well as our policies.

Contact IconFor more information, please contact the faculty directors Dr. Robert Pyne and Dr. Robert Kramer, or Alaina Morales in the Center for Global Engagement. 
Disclaimer: Program information is subject to change. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 03/23/2018 06/16/2018 07/01/2018
NOTE: June 16 is travel date. June 17 is first day of program.