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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission 06/08/2020 07/20/2020

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Description:
Israel Summer Business Academy (ISBA)
  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.
Eligibility: This program is open to all undergraduate students at any institution regardless of academics or religious faith, but is targeted towards rising sophomores and rising juniors. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and meet all eligibility requirements. Applicants do not need to have previous business coursework or knowledge of Israel to participate.
Program Dates for ISBA 2020: 
Term Dates
Summer 2020, Section 1
Summer 2020, Section 2
June 8- July 20, 2020*
June 9- July 21, 2020*
* Students should plan to arrive on the first date of their assigned section no later than 5:10pm. Airport transfers will be provided to students to the check-in location. No other activities are planned for this day. Students should plan to depart no earlier than July 19 at 9pm (Section 1) and July 20 at 9pm (Section 2). If students are in Israel prior to the start date, they must arrange for their own accommodations before move in on the program start date (listed above). This is an academic program, therefore students may not arrive late or depart early. 

Students have the opportunity to list their preferred section when applying for ISBA. There is no academic, programming or housing differences between the two sections. Students are given the opportunity to select their preferred section during the application process. When a student is admitted to the program, they will simultaneously be admitted to section 1 or section 2. Once admitted to a section, students may not switch sections. If a student is only able to participate in one section due to other commitments, they will have an opportunity to share that information on the application. The application opens on November 1. Section preference will be given to students who apply by December 15. **Note that students applying for regular decision (by February 1) who were not accepted during the early decision phase should plan to be placed in Section 2. 
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. The summer program is six credits, three credits for each course.Modules include:
  • B53 MGT 200C: Venture Creation
  • B99 INTL 320: Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel
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. External participants will be issued a transcript from Washington University in St. Louis and should consult with their home university on credit transferability. 
  Housing: 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.

On-Site Support: On-Site staff are available to assist students while in country. 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 $6,000 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: all admitted students must pay a non-refundable deposit of $1,000, due soon after acceptance to the program. 

Insurance and Travel Registration: Participants of the ISBA program will be enrolled in international health insurance and emergency coverage. The program will provide each participant with supplemental insurance. Additionally, all students must register with the US State Department. 

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 
Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change.