Learning Abroad in Jewish Studies

Learning Abroad in Jewish Studies


Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Center for Jewish Studies before beginning your study abroad research.

Align study abroad with your personal, academic, & professional goals

  • Consider intensive language study programs in Hebrew and other languages that encourage language immersion.
  • For students studying in Israel, consider studying Hebrew and for advanced students, Israeli literature.  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.
  • In consultation with the Jewish Studies Director of Undergraduate studies, fill out the Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form. Students must carefully evaluate and plan course sequencing into any study abroad experience. 
  • Do not enroll in language coursework that may repeat University of Minnesota credits that you may have already earned.
  • Consider taking coursework that is not available at the University of Minnesota to broaden your understanding of the discipline.

Consider timing and length

  • There is no “best” time for everyone. With careful planning, Jewish Studies students can go abroad at any time during their undergraduate career and still graduate on time.
  • Introductory short-term programs, including language study, can be great as freshmen or sophomores.
  • The junior year can be especially apt for semester or full-year study.
  • Senior-year study abroad, although common, may require additional planning. When are graduate school applications due? Do you need to take exams that are given only at particular times of year, or only in the US? Will the grades from your study abroad arrive in time for graduation?
  • Consider studying abroad more than once. This can permit you to compare different locations, program lengths, or program types.

Conduct fieldwork for your senior thesis

  • With the consultation of an appropriate faculty member, you can use this research 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.

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

  • Advance planning can help you apply study abroad credits to many of the University’s Liberal Education requirements.
  • Consult the U Credit Abroad Search for classes that have been approved for Liberal Education requirements. 

Prospective Jewish Studies Students 

  • Jewish studies courses abroad may not meet Jewish Studies requirements at the University of Minnesota.  It is important to work with you academic adviser to obtain approval once you are admitted to the Jewish Studies major or minor. 

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

University Study in Israel: University of Haifa

  • Coursework available in Contemporary Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, Political Science and more
  • Instruction is in English; Hebrew and Arabic language courses are also available



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

Central European Studies (available through CIEE Czech Republic)

  • Located in the stunning city of Prague, this program offers a wide variety of courses. Coursework is available in a variety of topics including Jewish studies. 
  • Curricular strengths include politics and international relations
  • Instruction in English; no prior Czech required
  • Fall, semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer

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.