The Israel Summer Business Academy (ISBA) is a unique opportunity for undergraduates students to study and immerse themselves in the Israeli business environment. Students will learn about Israeli entrepreneurship, innovation, and non-profit consulting through coursework, speakers, company visits, an actual non-profit consulting. ISBA is a collaboration between the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel (a suburb of Tel Aviv). This program is a rare chance for students with a wide spectrum of backgrounds to learn about a different side of business within a country that has built itself around entrepreneurship. ISBA will run approximately six weeks in length from June to July, 2015. More information can be found here: http://www.olin.wustl.edu/isba
COURSES AND CREDITS
The ISBA is a six week summer program in a modular format. Modules will include a combination of learning in the classroom and experiential learning opportunities in the respective areas of study. Modules include:
Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel
The summer program is six credits, three credits for each course. The Entrepreneurship class uses the text Start-Up Nation, among others, and has the students visit many of the people and companies mentioned in the book. The course credit will be granted by the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Credits will be transferred back to a student’s home institution at the conclusion of the program.
Student Learning and Development
The academic program will be designed in an experiential manner to allow students to directly apply their classroom knowledge to the real world. Projects and assignments will contain significant out-of-classroom components. Additionally, student learning will transpire through opportunities to interact with Israeli students, and a attending a weekly speaker’s series featuring a wide variety of business professionals. Supplemental activities will be coordinated and planned by the student services support staff person located at IDC. Activities will include, but are not limited to, weekend excursions, cultural activities, immersive activities with IDC faculty and staff, etc.
Participants will receive pre-departure information electronically. Once participants arrive in Israel there will be an on-site orientation lasting one to two days that will educate students about the academic program, program resources, and Israel in general. Students will learn about the context for the founding of the state of Israel, immigrant patterns and their contributions to the founding of the state, and how the history of the state and its evolution impact business. There will be on-going orientation sessions throughout the summer that will provide students the chance to learn about Israel in a more in-depth manner. These sessions will include but are not limited to, excursions to various museums and historical sites guided by IDC faculty or staff, such as visiting the Diaspora Museum and sites mentioned in the Bible.
This program is open to all undergraduate students at any institution, but is targeted towards rising sophomores and rising juniors. Students must have a 3.0 GPA. Applicants do not need to have previous business coursework or knowledge of Israel to participate.
Participants will stay stay in self-catered apartments in Tel Aviv. Students will be housed in apartments in groups of four or six. Each apartment has a bathroom, a kitchen with a fridge, electric cooker and table and chairs and internet access.
Support Services Abroad
There will be a student services staff person on location at IDC to ensure all of the needs of ISBA participants are met. Professional staff will accompany the students for the duration of the program.
HEALTH AND INSURANCE
Participants of the ISBA program will be required to purchase the same health insurance that is offered for students that participate in the IDC semester programs. Additionally, all students will be registered with the US State Department. The program will provide each participant with supplemental insurance. All students will be provided transportation (via taxi or private bus) to IDC on days when class is held. A private bus will be chartered for transportation to off-campus sites such as company visits and immersive experiences. Each student will be given a wallet size card with emergency numbers and we will go over emergency procedures on day one of the on-site orientation.
TUITION AND FEES
The program fee of $4,500 includes tuition, housing, insurance, excursions, some meals and ground transportation while in Israel. Students will be responsible for their own food budget, airfare and any additional expenses, including, but not limited to elective travel. Scholarships are available.
Please note: a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due March 15, 2015