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Open to non-NU students.
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Institution: Tel Aviv University (TAU)
Term: Spring Quarter 2015
Application Deadline: November 1, 2014
Language Requirement: None - All classes are taught in English


This new Northwestern IPD program focuses on the political and party system in Israel, Israeli economic development, and Israel’s unique ethnic structure of Jewish immigrant groups and the Arab and Druze minority populations. The program will explore Israel's unique 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, Israel is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world: its cutting-edge technologies strive to improve public health and living standards across the globe.


Tel Aviv University (TAU) is a comprehensive university, the largest in Israel, with approximately 29,000 students. TAU has excellent programs in the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and math, as well as in the social sciences, arts, music, and humanities. The Dayan Center is the leading think-tank and research center on Middle Eastern history and politics, with the largest archive on the Arab world in Israel. It is closely affiliated with the Department of Middle East History at Tel Aviv University.


Israeli Society: Identity, Nation-Building and Ethnicity (1 credit)
This course explores Israel’s national identity through an analysis of the “Proclamation of Independence,” and a discussion of the interrelationship between Judaism, Jewish peoplehood, Israeli nationality and citizenship. The course then proceeds to examine the nation-building process: the transformation from “Yishuv” to sovereignty, the formation of state institutions, and the electoral system. The third part of the course explores Israel’s multi-faceted society, including the in-gathering of the Exiles and the three major entho-cultural cleavages: Mizrahim-Ashkenazim, Religious-Secular, and Arab-Jewish.
Course Instructor: Elie Rekhess

Public Health in Israel (1 credit)
This course is an introduction to the public and community health system of Israel. The course will cover the evolution of public and general health services since the early days of the nation, the influence of the Universal Health Insurance Act of 1994, and the examination of critical health issues confronting Israel. Programming models, theories, and policy development specific to the Israeli society are included. 

Course Instructor: Gabriel Chodick

Research Seminar: Socioeconomic & Health Disparities Among Immigrants and Minorities in Israel (1 credit)
The Research Seminar will provide an opportunity for teams of students to develop and elaborate research projects that analyze the socioeconomic and public health challenges facing minority and underserved populations in Israel. The focus will be on the social, political, and economic determinants of health disparities in Israel and the importance of developing locally relevant solutions.
Course Instructors: Elie Rekhess and Gabriel Chodick

Political Economy of Israel (1 credit)
This course examines the way in which the Israel economy has developed. It looks at demographic and political factors as well as the conflict with the Arabs that have all played important roles in determining the pattern of development. The course will examine the way in which Israel has moved from state-directed to market-orientated economic policies and the implications for government spending, public health programs and the socio-economy.
Course Instructor: Paul Rivlin


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 the class lectures and readings.


Students will be housed in dormitories on campus with international and Israeli students. Most dorm rooms will be doubles, shared with other students in the program, and each building contains access to kitchenettes and laundry facilities. Meals are not provided, but students will have easy access to cafes and restaurants on campus as well as a wealth of food options and markets in Tel Aviv.


Spring 2014 Program Fee = $15,040, which includes tuition, program-related excursions, HTH Worldwide Health Insurance, and housing. Students should also budget about $1,200 for international airfare and approximately $2,500 for books and discretionary expenses, including meals, non-program transportation, additional activities, and incidentals.

Students applying to this program may be eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are subject to Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.

For more information about billing, finances, and financial aid for study abroad, please refer to the Money Matters resource page of the Study Abroad Office website or contact Krista Buda Bethel in the Financial Aid Office.