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Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth, Palestine/Israel

Program Description

The objective of the course is to examine the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a particular focus on how groups and communities work to overcome the pervasive adversity that characterizes daily life in this context.

This course will begin with an overview of where things are at related to the peace process and current diplomatic initiatives on the part of the Palestinian leadership. The course will then turn to how various stakeholders, both local and international, as well as international donors, have helped, hindered, and/or exacerbated the current impasse.

Throughout, the course will examine how individuals and groups are working to end Israel’s military occupation and ongoing colonial settlement, and how they challenge and cope with the conflict and hardships that pervade their lives. These efforts will address both formal and informal initiatives, supported and opposed by different stakeholders.

*Please note that the objective of this course is not to introduce you to the different perspectives associated with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but rather to focus on those individuals and groups working to end Israel’s military occupation.

Location Description

Palestine/Israel: Are you curious to learn why this conflict continues to be so present in international media and on the agenda of the international community?

The course will examine the current state of this protracted conflict. Participants will travel throughout the territory, and divide their accommodations between Jerusalem (4 nights), Bethlehem (6 nights), Ramallah (5 nights), and Nazareth (5 nights).


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The group will be staying in guest houses and/or 3 star hotels. Students will be in shared double rooms.

Housing arrangements are still being finalizing, but the objective is to secure accommodations that are centrally located and easily accessible to public transportation.

The program will cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Additional Items to Consider

It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their passports are ready and that they have taken the recommended immunizations. US citizens can receive visas entering the territory. Non-US citizens, however, should work out visa arrangements prior to the departure date.


The students who are more likely to benefit from this course are those who have successfully completed at least one Middle East related course, preferably one that addresses some dimension of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Moreover, it is recommended that students have undertaken some international travel, especially somewhere in the developing world before participating in this program. Students currently enrolled in the study of Arabic will particularly benefit from this program.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Some Arabic is recommended, but not mandatory.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Resume
  • Academic references
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

Applications Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


POSC 371: Special Topics in Comparative Politics: Palestine/Israel: Surmounting Adversity (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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