Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Rothberg International School: Coexistence in the Middle East (CME)

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Coexistence in the Middle East (CME) offers a unique opportunity to gain a concrete understanding of the challenges and complexities of coexistence in Israel. Israel is the Holy Land for Christians, Jews, and Muslims; a key point of interest for t... read more

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Coexistence in the Middle East (CME) offers a unique opportunity to gain a concrete understanding of the challenges and complexities of coexistence in Israel. Israel is the Holy Land for Christians, Jews, and Muslims; a key point of interest for the international community; and the homeland shared by both Israelis and Palestinians.

CME is a 3-9 credit course from the Rothberg International School (RIS) of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which is ranked among the world's top 100 universities. In this course, students explore the facts on the ground and examine local realities from the perspectives of various religious, political, cultural and national groups that converge at a crossroads of humanity. An intensive 3-credit two week winter session that focuses on the highlights from the summer program is also available for students, faculty members, diplomats, policymakers, and other professionals.

Program Highlights:
• Gain exposure to a wide variety of people, narratives and perspectives in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
• Develop deeper insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through exploring contrasting narratives.
• Examine the challenges and opportunities presented by the Arab Spring.
• Explore the contradictory roles that religion plays as both obstacle and facilitator to peace in the Holy Land.

Students will meet with: 

• Meetings with religious leaders, government officials, and peace activists
• Field trips to key sites throughout Jerusalem and Israel
• Assigned readings and classroom discussions

CME includes field trips to:
• Holy Sites in Jerusalem's Old City
• Borders with Syria and Lebanon 
• "Security Fence"/"Occupation Wall" 
• NGOs and government institutions

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
  • Custom
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Journalism
  • Middle/Near Eastern Languages, Literature
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • History
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Direct Enrollment/Exchange Scholarships

Graduate students from countries other than the United States and Canada may be eligible for Rothberg Family Fund (RFF) tuition scholarships, awarded by the Hebrew University to international students enrolled in the RIS Division of Graduate Studies. Eligibility is determined by academic achievement and financial need.

Partial tuition

April 1st

Countries other than the US and Canada Academic achievement Financial need Acceptance to program

Masa Israel makes it possible for young Jewish adults to come to Israel by offering grants and/or scholarships, making the experience more affordable.

Partial tuition

See MASA website http://www.masaisrael.org/

See MASA website http://www.masaisrael.org/grants/policy

The Thanks To Scandinavia Fund from the Benjamin Sperling Bequest to the Hebrew University has endowed scholarships of US $12,000 each in memory of Frances and Benjamin Sperling, for students from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, who wish to pursue graduate studies at the Hebrew University.


April 1st

Scandinavian countries; see website http://www.thankstoscandinavia.org/scholarships/scholarships-in-israel/sperling-scholarships/

See website http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFA-Archive/2003/Pages/Scholarships%20Offered%20by%20the%20Israeli%20Government%20to.aspx


See website: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFA-Archive/2003/Pages/Scholarships%20Offered%20by%20the%20Israeli%20Government%20to.aspx See instructions: http://mfa.gov.il/mfa/abouttheministry/documents/scholarshipinstructions.pdf

The applicant should hold a BA or BSc degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement. The applicant should be a citizen of the country where he/she applies for the scholarship and be under the age of 35 (at the beginning of the academic year). Israeli citizens are not eligible to submit an application for this scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship must receive a student visa (A2), issued by the Israeli Embassy/Consulate to which their application was submitted. Proof of English or Hebrew language proficiency. The applicant should meet the academic requirements of the Israeli University to which he/she applies. A scholarship will be granted only after the required institute approves the acceptance of the candidate.

RIS Merit Scholarships A limited number of scholarships are being offered to highly qualified international candidates who wish to study at the Rothberg International School. The Graduate Merit Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship for students admitted to international degree programs in the Division of Graduate Studies at the Rothberg International School. The Scholarship covers the tuition fee for the stated duration of the program. International graduate students accepted to the following degree programs may apply: The Bible and the Ancient Near East Jewish Studies Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Israel Studies Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Full amount

March 15th

At least in final year of undergraduate studies Minimum GPA of 3.8 or equivalent Maintain high academic standard Must submit a complete application to a degree program