Northeastern students have several study abroad options, including Northeastern’s unique Dialogue of Civilizations program and a traditional semester- or year-long study abroad program.
DIALOGUE OF CIVILIZATIONS
Dialogue of Civilizations programs are faculty-led programs that connect students with their peers in different national, cultural, political, and social environments and provide global experiences that build upon and enhance students’ academic studies and training at Northeastern. The “dialogue” in each country involves a series of meetings and discussions between students and local government and community leaders on a range of topics, including politics, popular culture, human rights, and women and gender dynamics across cultures. Dialogue programs are generally offered in Summer 1 and Summer 2 and are the equivalent of two courses (eight credits).
Currently, students can receive Jewish studies credit for three Dialogue of Civilizations: one to Israel on Multiple Narratives in a Contested Territory, one to Germany and Poland on Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and one to Poland and the Czech Republic called Prague-Warsaw-Krakow-Gdansk.
Israel – Palestine: Multiple Narratives in a Contested Territory
Travel behind the media headlines to explore the spectrum of the Israeli-Palestinian experience on this Dialogue of Israel and the West Bank. Beginning in Jerusalem, going into the West Bank and up to the Golan Heights, and ending in Tel Aviv on the shores of the Mediterranean, you will experience the sacred shrines, bustling bazaars, cosmopolitan cities, and scenic landscapes of this ancient land. Learn about the literature and art, multiple narratives, diverse cultures, and passionate politics of Israel and Palestine.
Gain a deeper understanding of the issues at stake and the human dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as you hear first-hand from politicians, religious leaders, experts, grass-roots activists, and local residents. This Dialogue offers students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a journey through 3,000 years of history, politics and religion.
Students will engage with Israeli and Palestinian officials, politicians, NGO activists, local residents and more. With time for discussion, reflection, and fun, join us for this unique program that both explores the complex issues facing Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and celebrates the hospitality and vibrant cultures of its local communities. More information here.
The Dialogue program to Germany and Poland is run by Jewish Studies Advisory Board member and member of the political science department Professor Natalie Bormann. Students on this Dialogue encounter the legacy of the Holocaust, one of the most significant and traumatic experiences of Europe’s shared history and politics. Much of the program involves visits to key sites of trauma and memory, including the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, the Nuremberg trial courtroom, Schindler’s factory, the former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Villa Wannsee, and many more.
These visits are complemented by lectures, seminars, interviews with Holocaust survivors, archival research, and guided tours by faculty of the University of Munich, the Free University Berlin and the Jagiellonian University Krakow. To read more about past summers’ Dialogue to Germany and Poland, click here.
Jewish Studies Advisory Board member and Professor of History Jeffrey Burds leads the Dialogue to Poland. This program examines the history of the Second World War in Poland, including the Holocaust, the Polish national Resistance, the Warsaw Uprising, and the Soviet occupation of Poland beginning in autumn 1944, and explores the postwar period through the Solidarity Movement that brought Polish independence in the 1980s. Visits to sites include the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Krakow; a tour of Jewish Warsaw and the Warsaw Ghetto; and Zakopane, a mountain resort town where the Nazis had schools for the SS and Abwher.Each student conducts independent research; students who pursue a project on an aspect of the Holocaust or Polish Jewish history or culture receive eight credits towards the Jewish Studies major or minor. To learn more about student experiences on last summer’s Dialogue to Poland, click here or here.
SEMESTER-LONG STUDY ABROAD
Although Northeastern does not currently offer a semester-long study abroad program to Israel, students may petition for permission to spend a semester at an Israeli university. If you are interested in pursuing this option, please contact Lori Lefkovtiz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
While Jewish studies students are often particularly interested in studying in Israel, many other countries have fascinating Jewish histories and contemporary Jewish communities. Jewish studies majors and minors may also consider spending a semester in such varied countries as Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, France, England, Argentina, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, or South Africa.