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Learning Abroad in Jewish Studies


    Academic Planning Recommendations

    • Consider intensive language study programs in Hebrew and other languages that encourage language immersion.
    • For students studying in Israel, all students are required to study Hebrew as part of the program.  Prior to departure, be sure to discuss the transfer and evaluation of Hebrew credits with Renana Schneller.
    • Consult with the Jewish Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Learning Abroad Center to choose courses and programs that will fulfill requirements or offer credit toward your degree.
    • Liberal Education Requirements

    Search the U Credit Abroad Search.  You may also submit any liberal education course not yet evaluated for approval online. 

    Major and Minor Requirements 

    • JWST 1034/3034 is ideally completed prior to studying abroad as an equivalent course is typically not offered through study abroad programs. Completing this introductory course prior to study abroad will enhance your experience abroad and give you a broader context for your course selections abroad. 
    • With the consultation of an appropriate faculty member, you can use research completed abroad as the basis for your senior project.
    • Internships abroad can also offer research experience that can be used for a senior project in consultation with a faculty adviser.
    • Jewish studies courses abroad may not meet Jewish Studies requirements at the University of Minnesota.  It is important to work with your academic adviser to obtain approval once you are admitted to the Jewish Studies major or minor. 

    College of Liberal Arts Language Requirement

    Courses taken abroad for the CLA Language Requirement (for BA degrees) must be at least 4 credits. CLA college advisers can approve courses that are clearly identified in a syllabus or online course description as first-, second-, third-, or fourth-semester language courses. If a course level is not explicitly stated, you must work with your CLA adviser to have the course evaluated by the appropriate language department. Advisers cannot approve these courses. 

    Who will advise me and help me with course approvals? 

    Learning Abroad Center advisers can help you find program and course information to help you prepare for your study abroad academic planning discussion with your academic adviser. Once you have narrowed down your program options meet with Natan Paradise (Director of Undergraduate Studies) to use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.

    College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students 


    Africa and the Middle East


    University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    • Study in Jerusalem, a city sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Instruction is in English; Hebrew and Arabic language courses are also available
    • Coursework available in Jewish History, Civilization & Education; Israel Studies; Middle East & Islamic Studies; Religious Studies; Political Science and more



    Argentine Universities Program (available through IFSA Argentina)

    • Study in Buenos Aires, and participate in a directed research concentration program.
    • Argentina's Jewish population is by far the largest Jewish community in all of Latin America and is the fifth largest in the world. 
    • Students may replace one to two integrated university courses in the Traditional Concentration with a 6-credit Directed Research Project focusing on social problem analysis.
    • 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent.  All courses taught in Spanish by an Argentine professor.


    Czech Republic

    CET Czech Republic

    • Use Prague’s incomparable Jewish resources as a launchpad for exploration, embark on a provocative journey of academic inquiry and personal reflection as you explore the rich history, culture and literature of the Jews in Central and Eastern Europe. 
    • Choose between three tracks—Business & Economics, Central European Studies, or Jewish Studies—to guide your semester.

    United Kingdom

    The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (available through Arcadia England and IFSA United Kingdom

    • A variety of languages are offered such as Hebrew (modern and ancient), Pashto, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and Yoruba.
    • Unique course offerings including religious studies, literature, anthropology, music, ethnology, and art history.
    • SOAS presents a unique opportunity to study Hebrew and Israeli Studies against the wider geographical, historical and cultural background of the Middle East. 

    University College London (available through Arcadia England and IFSA United Kingdom

    • Hebrew and Jewish Studies (HJS) at UCL offers classes in languages (Hebrew, Yiddish, and languages of the ancient Near East)
    • Courses taught available in Jewish/Israeli history, literature and politics, taught by staff who are world-class experts in their respective areas of Jewish studies.
    • University College London houses the largest department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Europe

    University of Manchester (available through Arcadia England)

    • Courses in Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester are offered in a number of departments, particularly the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of Religions and Theology
    • Beginning to intermediate level Hebrew courses are available

    Additional Options to Consider

    Global Seminars

    • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
    • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

    Freshman Seminars

    • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
    • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
    • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

    Non-Credit Opportunities

    • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.


    Student Experiences

    Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.