Archaeology, history and politics of Israel, from antiquity to the present

The Israel you don’t know 

A taste from the field course!

Bar-Ilan University is the ideal place to study and research the land of Israel throughout all periods of human history. Join us this summer for a unique opportunity! 

The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology is involved in interdisciplinary research of the Land of Israel throughout all periods of human history and from various aspects, including archaeology, historical geography, nature, physical, and human geography and demography.

The faculty, which comprises leading professors and researchers from Israel and abroad, emphasizes excellence and innovation, combined with a unique, social and open learning atmosphere.

The department is intrinsically multidisciplinary, which is evident in the curriculum (combination of ancient and modern history, archaeology, botany, geography, zoology and more), as well as in the teaching methods (combination of classroom lectures, study tours, field courses, archaeological excavations, advanced laboratories etc.).

A two-year, independent, advanced degree program specifically tailored to foreign students is offered by our Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology department, with diverse, interesting, and innovative courses, some of which are in-the-field courses, as well as participation in 10 study tours, all in English. The students will participate in the archaeological excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, directed by Prof. Aren Maeir, and will join the academic field school conducted on site.

General Aim and Topics

Our goal is to create a reputable, academic program that offers intensive field research and excellence in a variety of core tasks that include teaching, research, and knowledge transfer; all in the context of a multicultural international environment.

  • The program will provide a broad, multi-disciplinary view of the history, culture and politics of ancient and modern Israel from various perspectives.
  • It will provide tools and knowledge to build a broad and balanced perspective on the current political and cultural situation in Israel, based on a knowledge of the history, archaeology, and culture of the past.
  • Students will learn basic concepts in the history and archaeology of Israel, from antiquity until modern times.
  • Students will learn about theory and method in archaeology and history of Israel.
  • Students will get practical experience in field archaeology.
  • Students will visit major sites and meet public and political figures in Israel.

More specific topics

  • Archaeology and History of the Ancient Land of Israel.
  • Biblical Archaeology Field Methods.
  • History and Politics of Medieval and Modern Israel.
  • Geography of Israel and the Middle East.
  • Geopolitics of the Modern Israel and Middle East.

    Click here for a list of courses offered in English.

Target Audience

Graduate students in any field.

Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields of knowledge will be required to study for 10 hours in preliminary courses in the department.

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Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel 5290002

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The School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University is one of the few academic institutions in the world to offer research and training in International Communications and Public Diplomacy. It aims to empower Israel’s future generation with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for Israel across the globe. As a part of the BA program, students are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in workshops on how to effectively convey messages and build a positive public image for anyone from brands, to themselves. The workshops, offered in areas relating to New Media, Advertising, Public Relations and Broadcast Media, are instructed by individuals considered professionals in their fields.

Why Study Communication

Communication is all around us. We use it every day without even noticing; we maintain personal communications with our family and friends, we consume mass media, and we create and participate in social networks.

Communication studies are intended for those who want to influence and leave their mark on the world, who wish to take part in making tomorrow’s news — today. In order to accomplish that, one has to understand the media: Why is the same topic presently differently from one media outlet to another? What makes Google or Facebook so popular? Which medium is more influential – cinema, TV, radio, internet, or maybe the mobile phone? If you are interested in these questions – your place is with us.

Unparalleled Expertise

Bar-Ilan University has over 30 years of experience in teaching communication, and prides itself with hundreds of B.A. and M.A. graduates. The faculty members of the School of Communication and related units are internationally renowned researchers and lecturers, with extensive experience in all fields of communication: print press, TV, radio, advertising, marketing, public relations, spokesman ship and new media.

Ample Career Opportunities

Our graduates are sought after and well established in all fields of communications, both locally and globally. Many work in advertising or public relations offices, some in radio or TV stations, others in various websites, and a significant number in the press. Many of our graduates are media consultants in government or private offices, while others have chosen to pursue an academic research and teaching career.

During the third year of studies, our BA students can already participate in our internship program, in which they intern in different media organizations such as PR offices, news websites, government offices and others. Through the program, the students gain practical experience in the field and acquire important tools which will assist them in their future careers.

Program Overview

Program Type: Major (25 Credits)
Program Length:
 3 Years
Language of Instruction: English
Admission Requirements:

  • SAT: 1100
    Psychometric: 550
  • 3.5 High School GPA

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions