Study Abroad


Modern Israel: Its Religions, Histories and Politics

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014-15 term. 

UMAIE Course Number:  T4459
SAU Course Equivalency:  +THEO 360, Advanced Topics in Theology (four credits)
Instructor:  Dr. Paul Parker, and Roxanne Assaf, Department of Religious Studies, Elmhurst College, Illinois
Prerequisites:  None
Dates:  Dec. 31, 2014-Jan. 21, 2015 (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 14)
Location: Israel (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Ramallah, and Haifa)
Price:  $5,545-$5,845 (subject to change)

Program description

From the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and from Bethlehem through Jerusalem to Haifa, students will explore the cultural richness and diverse contemporary religions of the State of Israel where there is no legal separation of religion from the goverment. Students will investigate the contemporary meaning of religious identity, listen to religious devotees' personal narratives, visit ancient holy sites, observe religious practices, mine different religious values and beliefs, and ponder the religious experiences of the peoples of Israel and Palestine: the Druze of Golan and Galilee; the Samaritans of Holon and Mount Gerizim; the Jews of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the settlements; the Christians of Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem; and the Muslims of Ramallah, al Khalil and Jerusalem. Special attention will be given to the variety within Jewish life, the heartbeat of Islam, and a selection of the indiginous Christian communities (their differences and similarities). Students will explore how such varied religions have survived, adapted and blossomed in the desert.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily (exceptions may apply)
  • Some other meals
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Additional meals (when not included in program fees) - approximately $480.00
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2014
Step 1: Complete the online application.  
Step 2: Submit a $500 deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 3: Submit a completed Liability Form to Cosgrove Hall, lower level.
Step 4: Pay your remaining balance by November 1. Turn in your payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose.

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 13 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full. 

Application and Payment Details
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.
  • Failure to meet deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.