Study Abroad

The JSSJ program currently runs study abroad programs to Israel-Palestine and the Balkans, all of which are listed in the course catalog as INTD 390 - Special Topics. Each program is grounded in comparative conflict analysis; a trip to the Balkans incorporates Israel-Palestine and vice versa. Our study abroad programs are as follows:


Beyond Bridges: Israel-Palestine—Summer (BBIP-S)
BBIP-S takes under/graduate students of all backgrounds to Israel and Palestine for a three-week study course in June/July. This accredited program challenges its participants to see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from different angles, engaging narratives often absent or underrepresented in mainstream discourse. Based in Jerusalem, students meet with scholars and activists while traveling to Bethlehem, Haifa, Hebron, Jaffa, Jenin, Nablus, Tel Aviv, and beyond. From visits to Israel's Independence Hall to Palestine's Muqata’a, from meetings with Jewish Israeli settlers to Palestinian refugees, this summer program is extraordinary. More information.


Beyond Bridges: Israel-Palestine—Service Learning Immersion (BBIP-SLI)

BBIP-SLI takes under/graduate students of all backgrounds to Israel and Palestine for a two-week study course during Intersession (January). This accredited program challenges its participants to see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from different angles, engaging narratives often absent or underrepresented in mainstream discourse. Based in Jerusalem, the program combines rigorous academics and practical hands-on service learning, allowing students to explore questions at the core of all conflicts. BBIP-SLI also aims to create spaces for both personal and collective growth, helping students gain new understandings of the roles they play in international conflicts, and how this relates to their political identities. More information.


Beyond Bridges: Balkans—Summer (BBB-S)
BBB-S takes under/graduate students of all backgrounds to Bosnia-Herzegovina for a three-week study course in June/July. This accredited program challenges its participants to see the Balkan conflicts from different angles, engaging narratives often absent or underrepresented in mainstream discourse. Based in Sarajevo, students meet with scholars and activists while traveling to Mostar, Srebrenica, and more. From visits to Sarajevo’s Old City to the beautiful bridges of Mostar to the infamous war tunnels to the annual commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide, this summer program is extraordinary. More information.


Vision Program – this program is currently in hibernation
Using the Balkan wars of the 1990s as a starting point, this program is restricted to under/graduate students who identify as Jewish American, Palestinian American, Israeli, and/or Palestinian. Beginning with a three-week trip to the Balkans, this ten-month fellowship also includes a fall and spring conference in the US, aimed at processing their return to their lives and campuses after the summer, and a commitment to organize and participate in campus and community presentations using a social justice lens, which help participants to articulate their own voices as they relate to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. More information.