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Middle East & North Africa

Scholarship Opportunities

NSEP Boren Scholarship is available for study in Israel, Jordan and Morocco.

Israel

Special waivers are required of students electing to study in Israel. See Smith College's Policy on U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings.

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Kibbutz Ketura, Arava Desert, Israel (40 minutes north of the Gulf of Aqaba)
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: One year of college-level Arabic or Hebrew (Smith requirement)
Program Highlights: The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies encourages environmental cooperation between peoples. Students from Israel (both Jewish and Arab), the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and abroad study regional environmental issues in a way that works towards peace and sustainable development. Students live together in suites, and all classes are held on the kibbutz. Students eat their meals with kibbutz families and use the facilities of the kibbutz. The program of study includes frequent field trips to environmental sites throughout Israel; visits by leading environmental activists and policy makers; leadership training; and independent research. The idea that nature knows no political borders is more than a belief at the Arava Institute; it is a fact, a curriculum and a way of life.

Note: Professor Justin Cammy (Jewish studies) has visited Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, and interested students may contact him with questions.

Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus
Language of Instruction: Hebrew, English
Prerequisites: One year of college-level modern Hebrew (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: The Rothberg School offers specially designed courses for Americans and other international students. Classes are taught in English, and the program offers internship and volunteer opportunities as well as excursions, activities and independent study. Housing in residence halls with Israeli students. The Rothberg School has compressed the terms for foreign students to fit the U.S. calendar. To receive full credit, Smith students will need to complete the Ulpan in August. Students wishing to take courses at Hebrew University with Hebrew classmates (in Hebrew) will need to follow the Israel academic calendar, which has later end dates.

Note: Professors Donna Divine (government), Justin Cammy (Jewish studies), Lois Dubin (religion) and Joel Kaminsky (religion) have all spent time at Hebrew University, and interested students may contact them with questions.

Tel Aviv University Lowy School for Overseas Students
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Tel Aviv
Language of Instruction: Hebrew, English
Prerequisites: One year of colleg-level modern Hebrew (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: Fall (October–January), spring (January–June), or full-year program. Mandatory intensive Hebrew language sessions offered before each semester. The fall Ulpan begins in late July. The program offers specially designed classes for English-speaking students from all over the world. Orientation, excursions and weekend seminars are included in the program. Students live in residence halls with Israeli or international roommates.

Note: Professor Justin Cammy (Jewish studies) has visited Tel Aviv University, and interested students may contact him with questions.

Jordan

CIEE in Jordan: Language and Culture
Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
Location: Amman
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: One year of college level Arabic (Smith requirement). All students are required to take both modern standard and colloquial Jordanian Arabic while in Amman.
Program Highlights: Students begin the semester with a course of colloquial Jordanian Arabic, supplemented by excursions and lectures on regional topics. After the initial orientation period, students begin their course in Arabic language and two area studies courses in such fields as anthropology, archaeology, culture, economics, history, literature, politics and religion. Students have the option of living in an apartment with other CIEE program participants, or with a Jordanian family.

SIT Jordan: Modernization and Social Change
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Amman
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: One year of college-level Arabic (Smith requirement).
Program Highlights: Based in the capital city of Amman, students conduct academic fieldwork within Jordan. Students study modern standard Arabic and live in homestays in Amman for nine to 13 weeks. Educational excursions to ancient cities of Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash Aqaba and the desert castles. A one-week visit to Egypt, conditions permitting, offers students additional regional insights.

Morocco

SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
Terms: Fall, Spring
Location: Rabat
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: One year of Arabic language (Smith requirement)
Program Highlights: Program includes homestay; rural stay in the High Atlas Mountains; educational excursions in Marrakech, Fes, Meknes and the Zagora desert area; and four-week independent study project.