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Paths to Peace

The Paths to Peace program brings sixteen students (8 per semester) of different faiths and backgrounds from Israel and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza) to study together for one semester at New York University, located in the center of New York City. The program is dedicated to training future leaders, endowing them with the skills and experience to advance reconciliation and coexistence for future generations.

The academic objective of Paths to Peace is to focus on the historical, political, cultural, and religious relationships between Israelis and Palestinians. All students in the program will be required to take two mandatory courses, together with NYU students, one on Israel and one on Palestine. They will also participate in two weekly workshops to be held on two separate days and to be conducted by experienced Palestinian and Israeli facilitators. Workshop participants will engage in an in-depth process of exploration, observation and analysis of the conflict and will have the opportunity to gain important insights into their identities as well as the dynamics of groups in conflict.

Students will be allowed to select up to two additional courses based on their own academic interests. These courses should be selected from the University's undergraduate college of Arts and Science or American Language Institute (if further English language training is required based on your level at the start of the program).

Program participants will attend off-campus excursions, such as visits to the UN Headquarters, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, and a weekend in Washington, DC. Each student is expected and required to participate fully in the program and to attend all classes and activities comprising the program. In the event that the University determines, in its sole discretion, that a student has failed to meet the required standard of participation, the student will be subject to immediate dismissal from the program and will be required to return to his/her country of origin.

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Applications to participate in Paths to Peace for either fall 2016 semester or spring 2017 semester are currently being accepted. Fall 2016 semester is from August 30 – December 23, 2016. Spring semester is from January 17 – May 17, 2017. Successful candidates are required to arrive on time for the start of the program and return home at the end of their semester at NYU. You are eligible to apply if you:

* have lived most of your life in Israel, Gaza Palestinian Territories or West Bank Palestinian Territories.

*are currently registered full time and are in good academic standing at the bachelor’s/undergraduate level at an accredited college or university in Israel or Palestine AND you anticipate completion of studies in 2018 or after.

*you were born on or between the following dates: September 2, 1991 – September 1, 1997. This means that you are not younger than 19 years and not older than 24 years as of September 1, 2016.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship to cover tuition, room and board, health insurance, books, travel, and a small living stipend for the academic semester. Additionally, successful applicants we identify as needing to improve their English language skills will be able to attend supplementary language courses prior to departing for New York.

The application deadline is Friday, February 12, 2016. Your application will not be considered unless it is complete.

Applicants from Israel should contact Dr. Keynan at with further questions or to request an application form.

Applicants from Palestine should contact Mr. Hazeem at for further questions or to request an application form.



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