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Students on field trip to Israel

Exploring the socio-political significance of the Galilee district. Read more from Shobana Sukumaran (third from left, standing) and Christina Park (fourth from right, seated) about their trip to Israel with other International Trade Specialization students below.

The deadline for applications for Spring 2017 International Trade & Cultural Literacy in Israel (PSCI 493-002) will be February 27th, 2017.

What students have to say about their experience in Israel

International trade minor students travel to Israel with support generously provided by The Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation.

"When I learned that ITS students would be going on a trip to Israel, I was excited – and slightly nervous. I had heard of different perspectives on Israel and did not know what to expect. However, from day one, I loved this country. Israel, a country enriched with religious and historical significance, is truly a beautiful country. From its beaches and city life in Tel Aviv, to the deserts in Masada, touring in Israel guaranteed me a different adventure every day.

"Not only did I enjoy immersing myself in its rich culture, I was exposed to its corporate side too - which I quickly realized was different from Canada. I was impressed by the way Israelis got business done in a casual but efficient manner. This is a nation that is known for its start-ups and visiting one only enhanced my knowledge on this trip. I thoroughly enjoyed going to Given Imaging, a medical technology company, and learning how this company started and how innovation brought the company to where it is today. Overall, I learned a lot from both my professional and personal experiences in Israel, and I hope to visit again one day!"

Shobana Sukumaran

"Israel, your land is beautiful and your people are inspiring. I've learnt so much about Israel and my hope is that the media will start to portray not the atrocities but the beauties of your nation. I had the time of my life travelling from beach to mountain and to sea, and was humbled to meet the kind and passionate people of your nation. It was an unforgettable experience and it wouldn't have been so if it weren't for the awesome group of people I went with. We bonded so quickly and have way too many stories and inside jokes. I'm going to miss you Israel. 'Til next time. Shanah tova!"

Christina Park

Spring course:  Model Arab League with Dr. Bessma Momani (PSCI 490-002)

MalDay 1:
Lecture at the Brookings Institution, featuring Managing Director Christine Lagarde, on financing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, and the role of the IMF in the Greek financial crisis.    Students also participated in a walking tour of the city including the outside of the White House and the Treasury Department.

Day 2:
Lecture at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), on the impact and importance of strategic communications in international development with Kimberly Flowers, current director of the CSIS Global Food Security Project. Flowers’ reflected on getting a job in international development, the personal risks and sacrifices it took to move to Washington and to a number of foreign posts like Jamaica, Ethiopia.

CSIS lecture, with Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, Commander of the Naval Surface Forces, on the current state of the US Navy's surface fleet and the challenges that such may face in the next ten to fifteen years.

Tour of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Centre (SQCC)

Tour CTV News studio, and met Senior Washington Correspondent Joy Malbon, They spoke about the relationship between the media and politics in Washington, along with inquiries about the experiences of Canadians working in DC media.

Lecture at the Middle East institute, by Iranian artist Zeinab Shahidi

Day 3:
Tour of the Canadian Embassy. Students heard three Foreign Affairs’ staff working at the Embassy discuss their experience working in the Embassy and previous posts including Kandahar, Brussels.

Lecture at The Middle East Institute, hosted by the author of Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11, Robert W. Jordan, a former U.S. ambassador and international attorney. He gave his insights into the economic, political, and social changes that occurred in Saudi Arabia directly after the events of 9/11.

Day 4:
Model Arab League: Students were divided into groups and assigned a country to represent. Each country was divided into separate committees, who split up in different places around the Georgetown University campus. Each group debated specific issues involving their represented country. Three of our uWaterloo students won awards throughout the competition!

Day 5:
Visit The Smithsonian Museums and The National Mall.