Summer in Tel Aviv
Summer in Tel Aviv course offerings are being held remotely for summer 2021.
Available courses are on this dedicated list and are also reflected below. For courses that could not be offered remotely, there may be direct Washington Square-based equivalents, and NYU students may review offerings and register directly through Albert.
Students may now register for a single course (4 credits) if they wish, for two courses (total of 8 credits), or for an intensive (8 credit) course from any of our CAS Summer Abroad programs. Please make sure to check if your course times will be held in the New York (EDT) or Tel Aviv (IST) time zone.
At the crossroads of the ancient and modern, Tel Aviv is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. The center of Israel’s financial and technology sectors, Tel Aviv boasts many museums and beautiful beaches, a wide variety of culinary hotspots and a vibrant nightlife. The College’s new summer program is a six-week experience that capitalizes on the city’s history and resources to immerse students in Israeli culture. Through intense academic exploration and co-curricular excursions, participants will investigate Israel’s unique history and explore the intersections of religion, politics and ethnicity in a modern secular society from a comparative perspective. This program leverages Tel Aviv’s multicultural present to provide a global perspective on the Middle East and Jewish-Arab society. Open to all undergraduates, Summer in Tel Aviv may be of special interest to those studying religion, politics, history, international relations, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies or Hebrew and Judaic studies.
There is no application process for summer 2021. Any student cleared to register for NYU Summer 2021 may do so for remote offerings directly via NYU Albert.
Visiting students wishing to participate in courses will first need to apply to NYU 2021 summer session through University Programs. Following admission, visiting students will be directed to NYU Albert to register.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Undergraduate Tuition - 8 points
Undergraduate Tuition - 4 points
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 points
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 4 points
Students will explore modern Israel and its ethnic, religious and political divisions through a comparative lens. A second course, offered only during the summer and taught by a local instructor, will explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and history. Co-curricular events and excursions will complement the academic program.
Both classes are held at the centrally located NYU Tel Aviv academic center, which features a student lounge, a lecture hall, and computer terminals for student use.
CORE-UA 9537 - Cultures and Contexts: Modern Israel - Shilon - 4 points
The course exams the development of Israeli society and politics from 1948 till today. All aspects of Israeli society that contributed to the evolution of modern Israel are discussed: mass immigration; relations between Arabs and Jews, between Mizrahi and Ashkenazi Jews, between secular and the various religious communities; the rise and fall of the kibbutz; the role of the army; wars and peace talks; impact of the Holocaust and attitudes to Holocaust survivors; political parties and the political system; relations between Israel and diaspora Jewish communities; growth of the Israeli economy; role of technology and “start-up nation.” The course examines difficult political issues as well – settlements, the peace negotiations with Arab states and the stalled peace process with the Palestinians. These are just some of the issues addressed by the course. Israel is a dynamic and rapidly changing society, and the course will conclude with a discussion of Israel today. Sample syllabus coming soon.
HIST-UA 9553 - History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict - Staff - 4 points
This course is cross-listed with MEIS-UA 9751 and HBRJD-UA 9948.
In this course, we will study the main political junctions in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and will connect them to their reincarnations in contemporary times in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza (the Occupied Palestinian Territories). This will include analysis and study of the theoretical frameworks and approaches to the study of the conflict, the history of Ottoman and Mandate Palestine, Zionism, the politics, popular culture and daily life of Israelis and Palestinians. Sample syllabus (PDF).
Please note there is no housing or meals associated with Summer in Tel Aviv for summer 2021.
All students must stay in NYU provided housing. The residence hall is located in close proximity to HaYarakon Park. Students will have access to a kitchen and may choose to prepare meals in the residence hall, or dine out in the many restaurants and cafes throughout the city.
To learn more about housing facilities, please review the Office of Global Programs NYU Tel Aviv page. Please note that some of the information listed on this page is not summer specific.
To enhance students' academic experience, Summer in Tel Aviv offers a unique program of cultural activities. Future activities may include an overnight trip to Jerusalem, a day-trip to the beautiful port city of Haifa, a visit to explore agriculture and a kibbutz in Negrev, and many other cultural opportunities.
Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:
- U.S. State Department Travel Information for Israel
- All admitted and confirmed students should consult The NYU Office of Global Services for immigration support
- CDC Health Information for Travelers to Israel
- NYU students may consult the NYU Student Health Center for Travel Medicine information and appointments
Professor Avraham Shilon
Avi Shilon, a historian whose main field of expertise is Israel politics and society, is the author of Menachem Begin: A Life (Yale University Press, 2012) and Ben-Gurion: His Later Years in the Political Wilderness (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). His new book, The Decline of the Left Wing in Israel: Yossi Beilin and the Politics of the Peace Process has been published lately. Shilon is currently a visiting scholar at the Taub Center for Israel Studies, NYU, and also contributes op-ed pieces to Haaretz.