Study Abroad Opportunities

UConn Brain and Behavior in Tel Aviv, Israel, Summer 2019

UConn Brain and Behavior in Tel Aviv is a summer study abroad program that provides students the opportunity to pursue their studies in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, PreMed, or PNB in Israel. The program is led by Dr. Etan Markus (UConn Psychology) together with colleagues at Tel Aviv University. Participants will take a UConn psychology class supplemented with a second, Tel Aviv University, course focused on regional history and/or culture as well as organized activities, tours, and an Israeli dinner/cooking class.

All coursework and activities will be conducted in English.  

There will be an information session on Thursday, November 15, 5:00-6:00 pm in Bousfield 162. 

Learn more at the program website:


UConn TAU Class Summer 19

Internship Opportunities with GoEco in Israel

GoEco has several internships available for summer 2018:

Coral Reef Conservation – Eilat

At the meeting point between Egypt, Israel and Jordan you will find the city of Eilat, the gateway to one of the world’s most densely populated coral reefs, located at the northern tip of the Red Sea. As a volunteer, you will become a key part of the team through seasonal tasks such as beach clean-ups, buoy maintenance, beach observations and tourist education. Don’t miss out on this unbelievable opportunity to learn about and assist in the conservation of Israel’s one and only coral reef!

Desert Wildlife Program – Arava Desert
Join this unique wildlife conservation project in the spectacular desert landscape of the Arava! You’ll prepare food and feed the animals, clean and maintain the reserve and help park rangers with their daily tasks.

Vegan Bakery Internship – Tel Aviv
Learn from the experts at this up and coming vegan bakery at the forefront of vegan desserts. Interns will learn how to make vegan treats from scratch using nuts and seeds instead of milk and butter, and experiment with natural ingredients to create new culinary experiences!

Creating Safe Spaces for At-Risk Youth – Jerusalem
This unique school gives at-risk youth a second chance by nurturing their creativity and self-expression. You will assist in the plant nursery where students take on the task of reviving donated plants and caring for small farm animals.

Desert Eco Village – Tzukim
This unique eco-lodge resort is built completely by hand from mud and local sustainable materials. You will help build and maintain structures, prepare guest cabins, and help with gardening and cooking as needed to keep this beautiful eco-village running smoothly.

UConn Winter in Israel: Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

Spend your winter intersession studying in Israel, one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial countries in the world.

  • Earn 1 credit for BADM 4893
  • Meet with business, scientific and academic leaders in Israel
  • Visit high-tech enterprises, venture capital investors, technology accelerators, academic institutions and government offices
  • Experience many of Israel’s historic sites, float in the Dead Sea, and spend time immersing yourself in Israel’s culture
  • Scholarships are available!
  • Visit for more information and to by October 2, 2017

Israel Academic Travel Awards 2017

Global Affairs, Judaic Studies, and Middle East Studies are pleased to announce a competition for travel awards for academic study in Israel in the summer of 2017. The deadline for application is April 3, 2017.

Awards of $1500 may be used to defray expenses such as airfare and registration costs. Awardees will submit a written summary of their travel experience by September 15, 2017.

Please call the Center for Judaic Studies at 860-486-2271 for application details.

This program is not open to current seniors graduating in May 2017, or to incoming students. Summer is defined according to the UConn calendar (end of May through end of August).

Questions? Contact

Study Abroad Opportunity in Germany


The Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) is offering a study abroad program that contains several elements of interest to students pursuing Judaic Studies, including a variety of courses dedicated to Jewish history, art and politics, Holocaust survivor speakers,  and important resources such as the Jewish Museum, the Centrum Judaicum and memorial sites. The program also features a full-week excursion; one of the frequent destinations is Poland, where site visits relevant to Judaic Studies are typically included.

Full program details, including course syllabi, various key documents and application materials can be found at FU-BEST’s website


Summer Archaeological Opportunity in Israel

The Jezreel Valley Regional Project is calling for volunteers for the 2017 Legio Excavation from June 24 to July 21. This four week archaeological field school with take place at the base of the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion.

There is an optional preseason tour of sites in Northern Israel that includes Tel Dan, Baniyas, Hazor, Capernum, Bellevoir, Sepphoris, Nazareth, Beth Shean, Jezreel and Megiddo; it will run June 17 to June 22.

Academic credit is also available through the University of Hawai’i (preseason tour required for credit).

Additional information can be found at

Summer 2017 – UConn Brain and Behavior in Tel Aviv

There will be an information session on Monday, March 6th 2017 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Bousfield room A101, led by Dr. Etan Markus.

Learn more about the program, including:

  • The details of the UConn’s honors class – PSYC 2500 Learning & Memory with Dr. Etan Markus (3 Credits)
  • The Tel Aviv university class options:
    •  History: One Hundred Years: History and Memory in Tel Aviv/Jaffa (3 Credits)
    • Politics: Islamic Politics and Terror in the Middle East (3 Credits)
    • Arabic: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (4 Credits)
  • Credits and transferring credits
  • Budget and fellowships
  • Campus life, housing, dining, night life, beaches
  • Having an attached “social Resident Assistant” to guide you through Israeli society
  • Tel Aviv and Israel: personal safety, tipping, transportation.
  • More on the extra activities that are included in the program, including weekly Israeli cooking classes, special lectures, and weekend trips

Can’t make it or need more information? Contact Dr. Etan Markus at

Study Abroad in Buenos Aires Through UConn’s Jewish Latin America Program

Synagogue of the Israeli Congregation, Buenos Aires
Synagogue of the Israeli Congregation, Buenos Aires

Jewish Latin America Program: Study Abroad in Buenos Aires

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to study abroad in Buenos Aires this spring and benefit from an immersive experience in the culture of the region!  Earn up to 16 credits through the University of Connecticut’s Jewish Latin America program based in Buenos Aires, home to Latin America’€™s largest Jewish community and one of the world’€™s most dynamic sites of the Jewish Diaspora. Students will explore and examine the city with a focus on human rights and migration and take courses on Latin American Jewish Literature and History.


No previous Spanish language study required. Courses are taught in English and Spanish. 

The deadline to apply is October 15.

Study abroad scholarships are available! Apply by October 1.


Want to learn more? Attend an information session!

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Storrs Campus
Student Union – Room 325

Contact Information:

Scholarships Available for Study Abroad at the Arava Institute in Israel

TStudents in Aravahe Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut provides tuition scholarships for students to study abroad at the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies in Kibbutz Ketura, Israel.

The scholarships for this program are generously funded by a grant from the Alan B. Slifka Foundation.

If you would like more information on how to apply for tuition funding for this unique and exciting academic opportunity, please contact Rachel Jackson at the Human Rights Institute, 860-486-5393

About the Arava Institute Program

The Arava Institute is at the forefront of environmental studies and research in the Middle East. Accredited through Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Arava Institute offers students an opportunity to explore a range of environmental issues from an exceptional transboundary and interdisciplinary perspective. Under the guidance of leading environmental professionals and researchers, students maintain a full course-load in environmental studies that focuses on water management, renewable energy, ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental politics, and more.

  • Courses focus on the areas of water management, renewable energy, ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental politics, and more. Students can also pursue an independent research project in the framework of a 3-credit elective independent study course. All courses are taught in English.
  • Concepts from the classroom are brought to life in a real-world context through applied learning opportunities and transboundary field trips. During field trips, students meet with experts on regional environmental issues and conflict resolution, hear from local stakeholders, and visit historic sites.
  • Complete HRTS 4291 Human Rights Internship through participation in weekly Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminars. In these seminars, students engage in dialog, exploring issues of culture, religion, identity, environmental activism, and the current political situation while developing competencies in intercultural understanding, empathy, and environmental leadership.
  • The Arava Institute offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a cross-cultural environment with others who are equally passionate about building a more sustainable future. Our student body is comprised of approximately one-third Jewish students from Israel; one-third Arabs from Palestine, Jordan, and Israel; and one-third international students, primarily from North America. In this multicultural setting, students form connections and develop skills that enable them to lead their communities in addressing today’s most pressing environmental challenges after they leave the Institute.


Students in Arava Institute