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  • Locations: Achziv, Israel; Ein Gedi, Israel; Lower Galilee, Israel; Sde Boker, Israel
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Study: English
Class Level: Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors Program Type: Faculty-Led, Study Abroad
Flight Arrangements: Group Flight, No Deviations Allowed Program Advisor: Allison Nyamuame:
Program Description:

Israel: Walking and Waymarking

*This Program is running over Winter session 2018.
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For more information, contact Allison Nyamuame at

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Academic Features

This course is open to all Binghamton and SUNY students. Professor Shay Rabineau will lead the trip and instruct the class component.

Students will receive 3 upper-level credits for the course and can choose to receive these credits designated as either ISRL 316 (Israeli Studies) OR JUST 316 (Judaic Studies) as the course is offered through Israeli Studies, but cross listed in Judaic Studies. 

 This study abroad will provide students with a very unique experiential learning opportunity in Israel. Students will learn how different people groups over time have attached meaning to Israel/Palestine/the Holy Land through the acts of walking and waymarking. Students will study trails and the surrounding areas through prior readings, walks along selected trails, and on-site lectures. Noteworthy features include traveling and learning on-site alongside Israeli students and instructors, gaining firsthand knowledge of walking routes and their symbolic meanings in Israel; and understanding the relationship between walking and pedagogy in Israel. Students will discuss present-day understandings of trails and their uses: private-sector trails, NGO trails, larger trends like sustainable tourism and economic benefits for marginalized communities, etc. The discussions will build on earlier discussions of Jesus Trail and Gospel Trail.

Students will gain firsthand knowledge of human interaction with space and place via walking routes, in the Israeli and broader Middle Eastern contexts. Assessment is based on participation in briefing/debriefing discussions, informed by readings assigned in advance; discussions in the field; a series of journals kept during the trip and submitted afterward; and a final response paper, written after returning to the United States. All assignments will serve academic learning outcomes; journals will additionally serve intercultural learning outcomes.


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Students will depart the United States at the beginning of January. They will spend 3 days on the campus of Beit Berl College followed by several days in the field. The program will conclude again at Beit Berl College before departure after approximately 10 days on site.

Student Life

Students will have the chance to interact with local Israeli students, families, and professors on this program.  At the beginning and conclusion of the program, students will stay on the Beit Berl College campus in dormitories. During the experiential learning component that includes daily walking ( 5 - 8 miles per day), students will begin their learning in Lower Galilee, proceed next to Achziv and Ein Gedi; and finally conclude the walking portion in Sde Boker before returning to Beit Berl in Kfar Saba. Local Israeli students will join program participants every step of the way.

Estimate of Costs

Please check back later for the Estimate of Costs sheet closer to the program dates.

Withdrawal Policy: 
When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Application Process

Students must fully complete application requirements by the deadline of October 1 in order to be considered for the program. Applicants are required to complete basic information, submit a brief essay, provide one faculty reference, and consent to release of your academic record. Brief interviews with your faculty director and study abroad adviser will also be required of all applicants. This will help us have the opportunity to better get to know you and discuss your qualifications. Please note that due to the nature of this program, applicants must feel comfortable and prepared to partake in the physical activity involved on this trip which includes walking 5-8 miles per day for most days of the onsite program. Interviews will take place within 5 days of the application deadline and admissions decisions will be made immediately thereafter.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.