Israel-Palestine Study Tour

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Israel Palestine Study Tour - photo of city in IsraelIsrael-Palestine Study Tour 

The Political Science Department has a limited number of spots available as part of the Israel-Palestine Study Tour. The trip is August 16-August 30 2019, and the approximate cost to students will be $4100 - $4800 including airfare, transport, accommodation, and some meals. (To be confirmed based on numbers)

Priority will be given to students in at least 3A, with min. cum. avg. of 75% and those in the International Trade Minor.

Interested students should complete the online student application by May 10, 2019. Applications will be adjudicated on a first-come, first-served basis. You may email Julia.jones@uwaterloo.ca or jasmin.habib@uwaterloo.ca for more details.

The faculty member-led group will travel throughout Israel-Palestine to learn about Israeli and Palestinian history, politics, culture, religion and trade. The program will:

  • Be open to a maximum of 24 students;
  • Blend an academic component with immersive cultural experiences
  • Include visits to archeological sites, museums, political and social institutions;
  • Include meetings with consulate officials, scientists, entrepreneurs, scholars, political and social justice advocates.
  • Require students to pay most of the trip-related costs, though some subsidies may be available

Highlights of the trip include stays in Tel Aviv, Haifa, north Galilee, Jerusalem and Eilat. In addition to exploring rich political histories and diverse cultures, students will be exposed to a range of contemporary challenges that Israelis and Palestinians face.

Pre-trip preparations:

  • students will attend pre-trip seminars, one of which will be hosted by Waterloo International, offering information on safety, health, cross-cultural adaptation, host-country research, risk management, etc.
  • carefully selected readings which will be shared with all participants 

Important Note: Students interested in travelling to Israel should carefully consider (a) whether they are likely to be able to get a visa for travel; and (b) whether having an Israeli visa in their passport will hinder their ability to travel to other parts of the world they may wish to visit.

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