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Program Description:

Israel_Palestine

Overview

Join this two-week course to gain a transformational learning experience. You will be immersed in the Israeli and Palestinian contexts, particularly focusing on the three Abrahamic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Through lectures, readings, and conversations you will deepen your understanding of the history, sacred texts, beliefs and practices of the three Abrahamic faiths. Particular attention will be given to the roots of conflicts in the region and to peacebuilding movements.

We will visit holy sites that are at the center of the sacred stories that shape the beliefs and practices of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. We will hear how faith shapes the daily lives of those living in the land often called “holy."

The course is developed in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. This local partner is extensively involved in education, health care, peacebuilding, environmental stewardship and interfaith engagement. They are very experienced in hosting student groups.


Fast Facts

Program Dates:   May 26-June 9
Credits:  4 credits (RLN 205 or RLN 490)
Faculty and Staff:  Mark Hanson, Executive Director of Christensen Center for Vocation; Fardosa Hassan, Muslim Student Program Associate
Apply by: January 31, 2018


Academic Calendar: Summer 2018
Language of Instruction: English
Local Currency:  Israel: shekel; Palestine: Israeli shekel, Egyptian pound, Jordanian dinar
Population of Israel: 8 million
Population of Palestine: 4.5 million


Academics

Students choose one course

RLN 205: Exploring Topics in Religion (Fulfills Search for Meaning II, or Humanities LAF)
There will be readings from sacred texts of the Abrahamic faiths, the history and analysis of conflicts in the region and articles that outline possible paths to a lasting peace. Students will journal, write a final paper, participate in class conversations, and a pre-trip one-day seminar.

RLN 490: Topics (Fulfills Keystone, or Search for Meaning II)
In addition to the REL 205 requirements, additional readings will focus on exploring how the three Abrahamic faiths inform values, vocations, and engagement in public life. The 490 Keystone paper will integrate readings, journal entries, conversations and observations from the trip.


Program Activities

While in Israel and Palestine, we will visit historic sites that remain central in the faith lives of Jews, Christians, and Muslims throughout the world, such as:

Jerusalem:

  • The Old City including the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Quarter
  • The site of the First and Second Temples
  • The Wailing Wall
  • The Dome of the Rock
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum

Bethlehem

  • Jericho
  • Hebron
  • Sea of Galilee Region
  • Jordan River Region 

These opportunities will enable conversations with local people as we experience their culture, religious traditions and daily lives.


Housing & Meals

Participants will stay at the Abrahamic Herberge which is on the church compound at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala. 

Most breakfasts and dinners are included in the Program Fee.  Students will be responsible for lunches and a few dinners on their own, as well as meals during international transit.


Eligibility

Students taking for academic credit through Augsburg, must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed at least one year of college/university.
The class also is being offered to students at colleges and universities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Each school is being asked to nominate one Interfaith Fellow to participate. The class credit is optional for these fellows.

Program Cost--Augsburg Students

Program Fee:                     $4010
Estimated Flight:                $1300
Tuition (4 credits):              $1680
Sub-total:                            $6991
Global Tuition Scholarship:  $1176 (For Augsburg students, who must take the course for credit)
Total Cost:                           $5814

Augsburg undergraduate students must take the course for credit.  However, they will receive a Global Scholarship awarded to them by the Center for Global Education and Experience of $1176, which will reduce their cost.

The Program Fee includes
most meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. Students should plan to bring $250 to cover meals that are not included.  


Program Cost--ELCA Interfaith Scholars, for credit

Program Fee:                     $4010
Estimated Flight:               $1300
Tuition (4 credits):              $1680
Total Cost:                          $6991

The Program Fee includes
most meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. Students should plan to bring $250 to cover meals that are not included.


Program Cost--ELCA Interfaith Scholars, non-credit

Program Fee:                      $4010
Estimated Flight:                $1300
Total Cost:                           $5310

The Program Fee includes most meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. Students should plan to bring $250 to cover meals that are not included.

Additional Expenses

Meals                                                    $250  Students will need to provide their own lunch every day, and dinner a couple evenings. Breakfast is included every day.
Passport (new or renewal)                 $135 (new) or $110 (renewal)  Students should renew if their current passport expires before December 2018.
Meals during international transit     $10-$30  Meals are provided on international flights.  If you want a snack/meal in the airport, it is up to you.
Personal spending money                 varies     Consider your own want/need to buy snacks, souvenirs, etc.

Passport information available here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html
For Information about meal, entertainment, and other costs abroad, check the following resources:
   http://www.lonelyplanet.com/israel/money-costs
   https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living


Scholarships

Because of the social justice emphasis of this program, participants of this program are eligible to apply for the following CGEE scholarships: Click on each of the scholarships for eligibility details, application instructions, and application deadlines. 
NOTE: Scholarship applications submitted by January 15, 2018 will receive a decision on/by February 1. However, applications for summer program scholarships can be submitted as late as March 15, 2018
For general information about Study Abroad/Away scholarships, please read the CGEE Scholarships Page

Questions

For questions about this program:

Augsburg students contact: abroad@augsburg.edu, or 612-330-1656

Non-Augsburg students contact: globaled@augsburg.edu, or 612-330-1159
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/31/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/26/2018 06/09/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.