Until this year, the Identity-Based Conflict Resolution summer program was run on Bar-Ilan University’s beautiful campus in Ramat Gan, in the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area. Due to the situation with COVID-19, the International School decided to host the program online for the first time, giving more people the opportunity to experience this widely-popular program.

Summer Program Application

Program Overview

Bar-Ilan University is home to many leading scholars and practitioners in the field of conflict resolution. This four-week online interdisciplinary summer program, taught in English, offers four graduate-level courses which focus on relevant identity-based conflicts and how to creatively engage them. Students from all disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities (including conflict resolution practitioners) learn theoretical insights and practical training that have a wide range of professional relevance.

Launched in 2000, the Identity Based Conflict Resolution Program was initially under the auspices of the Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Graduate Program. It was later transferred to the Faculty of Law because of this department’s strong focus on identity-based conflicts. It is taught entirely in English and is managed by Bar-Ilan’s International School in conjunction with the Law Faculty. Previous participants come from all over the world, including the US, Holland, Switzerland, India, China, and from all disciplines. They are either currently students, recent graduates, conflict resolution practitioners, or individuals from the general public.

Application Requirements

  • BA degree or at least three years of undergraduate studies
  • Professional resume
  • Short (up to one page) statement of purpose explaining reasons for interest in the program

Academic Program


Unfortunately, due to time-zone constraints, we are unable to offer the online program to those living in north, central, and south America at this time. We apologize for this inconvenience.

This year’s lecturers include three lawyers and two with Doctorates in the Social Sciences. The program’s four courses take place over four weeks in the following order.

Each course will be given over four condensed days.

  1. Collective Memory, Culture, Trauma, and Identity-Based Conflict Resolution – Professor Michal Alberstein and Dr. Beatrice Coscas-Williams.
  2. Religion and Peacebuilding: Jewish and Islamic Models in Texts, Theory, and Practice – Daniel Roth.
  3. Social Psychological and Technological Approaches to Understanding and Resolving Intergroup Conflicts – Béatrice Hasler Lev-Tov.
  4. Mediating Conflicts Between Religion and State: Israeli Perspectives – Shai Stern.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate issued by the Program. An official university transcript – for transfer and recognition of graduate credits – can be issued upon request.

Tuition Fees

The first 25 people who register for the full four-course program will pay only $200. Thereafter, the fee will be $350. Note: There is a non refundable application fee of US $100.

Payment will be requested at the time of application

Summer Program Application

International School
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel 5290002

Tel: +972- 3-738-4245
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