Syracuse University


Israel and Middle East Policy

Program Description

What You Need to Know

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in partnership with The Lauder School of Government of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel offer SU undergraduate students an intensive two-week foreign study program in Israel. This program provides an unusual opportunity to study with some of the world's top foreign affairs experts. IDC's Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is one of the leading academic institutes and think tanks for counter-terrorism in the world.

Students learn firsthand how Israelis view their conflict with the Arab world, and how they deal with terrorism and other security issues. As students consider important policy issues from a socio-political and historical context, they will experience every-day life in Israel. There will be lots of opportunities to engage in dialogues with Israeli faculty and students in the classroom and informal settings.

Designed for SU students exclusively, the academic program features a series of lectures on a wide range of topics. Students will earn three credits for this course of study. In addition to class meetings, a variety of cultural events and tours will be organized for the students to enhance their appreciation of Israeli culture. Israel is a land of many different political, cultural, and geographical landscapes.


SU undergraduate students in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. A background in political science is not required. The key requirements are personal maturity and a willingness to learn and have an open mind. Enrollment will be limited to 12 students.

In order to apply to this program, please complete the online application:

Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own flights to Tel-Aviv and for their ground transportation from the airport to their hotel in Herzliya. Students should arrange to arrive in Tel-Aviv on Friday, May 17. Classes begin on Monday afternoon, May 20 and end in the late afternoon on Friday, May 31. Students should arrange to depart Israel on Sunday, June 2.

Transportation for course-related field trips are arranged by SU Abroad and included in the program fee.

Please note that while we encourage students to pursue flight arrangements, we would not encourage you to purchase your airline tickets before confirming that the program will be offered in 2013. Please request written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

Students are housed in triple rooms in the Sharon Hotel in Herzliya. Internet is available. Herzliya is about a twenty-minute drive north of Tel-Aviv. Breakfast at the hotel is included in the program fee, as is lunch at the IDC on class days only. Daily transport from the hotel to the IDC will be arranged.


Israel and Middle East Policy (PSC 400, 3 credits, undergraduate)

This course features a series of lectures on a wide range of topics that include:

  1. Middle East Politics and Society
  2. The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  3. The Persian Gulf
  4. Media & the Middle East
  5. The Courts, Human Rights & the Conflict
  6. State and Religion in Israel
  7. Israeli-Arabs as a National Minority
  8. Palestinian Politics & Society
  9. Dilemmas in Counter-Terrorism Decision-Making
  10. History of Terrorism
  11. Women & Israeli Politics
Students will complete required readings before the beginning of the course. During the course, additional readings will be assigned. Students are evaluated on the basis of a paper.


The classroom teaching is largely done by distinguished IDC faculty members with extensive international expertise and research interests.

Linda Birnbaum is the senior director of development at the Maxwell School and may be contacted by email ( regarding questions of course content or logistics. She or a Maxwell School faculty member leads the SU student delegation to Herzliya.


Arrival in Tel-AvivMay 17, 2013
Housing beginsMay 17, 2013
Program endsJune 2, 2013
Application deadlineFebruary 20*
*Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


Tuition$3,111 (estimated rate)
A stipend from Gerald Kramer will cover the entire tuition fee.
Program Fee$1,850

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,400
Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $250
Meals: $500

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


Political Science