Summer Program Application

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The summer program will focus on the archaeology, history, and politics of Israel from antiquity to modern times. Offered by the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department, this interesting and exciting program will provide knowledge and tools to build a broad, multi-disciplinary view of the history, culture, and politics of ancient Israel from various perspectives. These will also serve as a platform for raising issues on contemporary Israel.

The program’s first two weeks will be held online via Zoom and will include fascinating discussions facilitated by world renowned faculty.  The remaining two weeks of the course will consist of one week of active participation at the archaeological excavation of Tell es-Safi/Gath, directed by archaeologist, Prof. Aren Maeir; and one week of field trips throughout Israel, led by top researchers.

This exciting summer experience is a 4 week program, beginning on July 4, 2021.

General Aim and Topics

  • 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, theory, and method in the history and archaeology of Israel through the ages.

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 Middle East.

Onward Applicants

Applicants that will sign up through ONWARDS are eligible for a $1200 scholarship.

Applicants who meet Onward Israel requirements will be awarded a stipend towards the cost of the program by Onward Israel.

Register here through Onward Israel >>

This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between Onward Israel and Bar-Ilan University’s Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology. Limited space is available.

Tuition and fees
Cost of the program: $2,300. The cost includes accommodation, meals on campus and during excavations, and a weekly trip in Israel.

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

Tel: +972- 3-738-4245
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Student Testimonial

“As an MA student, I find that the staff and faculty here want everyone to succeed, and have gone above and beyond to help me personally achieve my academic goals. They have been very patient as I acclimate to Hebrew, and have provided English sources when available. The student body is likewise friendly, and there vibrant student life on campus. The Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology is the only one of its kind. I would highly recommend Bar-Ilan to anyone who is considering studying in Israel.”

Joseph Back, Los Angeles. Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology


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