Study Abroad & Jewish Studies
The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies wants to help you work with UW Study Abroad to explore a world of opportunities!
If you’re specifically looking to take coursework abroad in Jewish Studies, Sephardic Studies, Israel Studies or related languages during your study abroad experience, the Stroum Center has many pre-approved undergraduate study abroad program options for you.
Remember that while it’s possible to study in Israel – and UW has a variety of approved programs there – there are also study abroad programs that offer Jewish Studies, Sephardic Studies and Israel Studies coursework in other countries as well. No matter where you want to go in the world, there is a good chance you can take Jewish Studies courses or participate in a Jewish experience while there.
Below are examples of study abroad programs and exchanges that have offered related coursework in the past. Please note that this information is subject to change; availability and course prerequisites are determined by the host university or program provider. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, to discuss your program options further, or to apply for a study abroad experience, please contact UW Study Abroad.
Business Israel — Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the West Bank [Coming 2024]
Participants of this Early Fall Start study abroad program called Business Israel: The Promise and Limits of Innovation will get outside the classroom to traverse Israel and the Palestinian Territories while learning about the forces of global business today, as well as the social, political, and military cost of contemporary business practices, through daily company and culture visits with a UW student cohort. Meet with Israeli and Palestinian business and technology leaders while learning about the historical, cultural, and political context that has generated, and resulted from, Israel’s innovations. A synergistic duo, Foster School of Business professor Tracey Seslen and JSIS professor Noam Pianko will lead this early fall start program that includes field trips to the north and south of Israel, and the West Bank. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
Also note that there are scholarships available to UW students; see our Jewish and Israel Studies scholarships in addition to those offered by UW Study Abroad.
Ben Gurion University (BGU) – Be’er Sheva, Israel
Participants of the international study abroad program at BGU can study Hebrew and other languages in addition to choosing from a variety of coursework taught in English. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad at BGU; there are also a variety of summer study abroad programs offered. Tracks in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Israel Studies, Global Health and Sustainable Development and the Environment are all available within the program in addition to other fields of study. Note: the Hebrew Ulpan is an intensive immersive Hebrew language course that is mandatory for all international full year and semester study abroad students.
Also note that there are tuition-free scholarships available to UW students. Contact Jonathan Hakim, Associate Director for Student Affairs at BGU, for more information.
Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Jerusalem, Israel
Course offerings for study abroad students include Jewish, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies as well as a wide variety of humanities and social science courses, among other academic disciplines. Hebrew language and Literary and Colloquial Arabic are also offered at various levels. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad at Hebrew U; there are also a variety of summer programs and Ulpan programs offered. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
Tel Aviv University (TAU) – Tel Aviv, Israel
Participants in the international study abroad program select from a variety of courses in English for academic credit while immersing in Israeli culture. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad at TAU; there are also a variety of summer study abroad programs offered. Those with advanced Hebrew language can enroll directly in courses at Tel Aviv University taught in Hebrew. There are also options to participate in intensive language study in Hebrew, Yiddish or Arabic, either as a stand-alone summer program or as an addition to a longer study abroad experience. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
University of Vienna Exchange – Vienna, Austria
The University of Vienna has a Department of Jewish Studies, as well as a Department of Historical and Cultural Studies with many course options. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad at the University of Vienna. A certain level of German is required for this exchange; check with UW Study Abroad for more information.
Charles University Exchange – Prague, Czech Republic
Charles University has several Jewish Studies courses available for exchange students. Courses offered in English include: Cinema Studies, History, Political Science, Jewish Studies, Slavic literature, Art History and Architecture among many others. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad at Charles U. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
University College London (UCL) Exchange Program – London, England
UCL has many potential areas of study for students interested in Jewish Studies, including: Jewish Studies, Jewish History, Hebrew, Ancient Languages, Central and East European Studies. Past course examples include: Jews of Iberia & the Sephardic Diaspora; Ancient Jewish Magic; Palestinian Representation in Hebrew Literature; History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Representations of Trauma in Holocaust Writings; Hasidism & Modernity. UCL, like UW, runs on the quarter system which means students can do one quarter or a full year abroad at UCL. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
Sciences Po Exchange – Paris, France
Sciences Po has several Jewish Studies courses available for study abroad students. Past course examples include: Comparing Jewish Modernity: Jews in Western Europe and the Muslim World in the Age of Colonialism, 1830-1948. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad at Sciences Po. A certain level of French is required for this exchange; check with UW Study Abroad for more information.
IES Berlin Language & Area Studies Program – Berlin, Germany
The IES Affiliated UW program in Berlin has a variety of coursework offered for students in the area of Jewish Studies. Students can also do for-credit academic internships customized to the interest of the student. Past course examples include: History & Jewish Studies; German and Jews; Multicultural Berlin; Portable Roots: Reflecting Otherness in Multicultural Germany and Europe; German Political Thought: Revolutions, Wars, and Walls Coming Down; Politics Of Remembrance: Berlin – Memory, Identity, And Modernity; Modern German Jewish History. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad with IES Berlin. A certain level of German is required for this program; check with UW Study Abroad for more information.
University of Heidelberg (UH) Exchange – Heidelberg, Germany
There are several Jewish Studies courses offered at University of Heidelberg. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad at UH. A certain level of German is required for this exchange; talk to UW Study Abroad for more information.
IES Milan, Italy Today Program – Milan, Italy
The IES Affiliated UW program in Milan has a variety of coursework offered for students and no previous Italian language is required for this program. Potential areas of study: Music, History, Italian, Art History, Political Science, Film Studies, International Business, Psychology and many others. In the past, there have been multiple courses on Jewish Studies offered including a popular course on Fascism, Anti-Semitism, and Resistance in Italy, 1922-1948. Students can also do for-credit academic internships customized to the interest of the student. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad with IES Milan. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
University of Amsterdam (UA) Exchange – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jewish Studies courses are available, in addition to Hebrew language. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad at UA. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
The School for Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS), Jewish Studies in Poland – Warsaw, Poland
SRAS offers a UW Affiliated Program in Jewish Studies in Poland, which combines classroom lectures with workshops, guest speakers, and visits to historical sites. Many class sessions are held in the newly opened modern Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a narrative museum with an interactive multimedia core exhibition covering 1000 years of Jewish history on Polish soil. This program is open to any students who are interested in studying the history of the European Jews and modern Israel Studies.
University of Edinburgh Exchange – Edinburgh, Scotland
There are several Jewish Studies courses offered at the University of Edinburgh. Past course examples include: Jewish Christian Relations in Modern Times; Global Religions: Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad in Edinburgh. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
IES Granada – Granada, Spain
Granada (and Andalucía) is rich with Jewish history. Past course examples: Memory and Identity of Sephardic Jews. Students can do one semester or a full year abroad with IES Granada. A certain level of Spanish is required for this program; check with UW Study Abroad for more information.
UW Faculty-led Program with Prof. Ana Gómez-Bravo (Raferty) – San Sebastián, Spain
This 2016 faculty-led summer study abroad program will focus on food and culture in the Hispanic world. It will serve students in Spanish, Nutritional Sciences, Jewish Studies, and Geography. Learn more at UW Study Abroad.
Funding for Jewish Studies Study Abroad
The Stroum Center offers opportunity grants of up to $1,500 to support study abroad in Jewish Studies. Students are welcome to apply for these grants more than once, to support multiple experiences.
Students from all departments, disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply; candidates do not need to be Jewish Studies majors or minors. Preference is given to students who intend to study a language related to the Jewish experience (e.g., Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino) and/or have pursued coursework in Jewish Studies during their graduate or undergraduate careers at the University of Washington.
Learn more and apply for opportunity grants, or find out more about other funding opportunities and scholarships at the Stroum Center.