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Journey to the Middle East - Israel/Palestine
Multiple Cities, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Session
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Journey Programs Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse, Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 2.0
Study Abroad Adviser: Monica Goodwin
Program Description:


Spring Session 2018 Highlights
  • Travel throughout Israel and Palestine with OU professors and other OU students
  • Counts as a Spring Semester Course
  • Partial PITF Airfare scholarship GUARANTEED for ALL Journey Program participants
  • Applications open now!

Program Requirements
In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, you must also have:
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 1 recommendation letter from any OU professor

Program Overview
Journey programs are designed to fulfill some General Education and elective requirements while traveling throughout a country with OU professors and students. For this program you will visit several important cities and sites within Israel and Palestine, including cultural and heritage sites.

The Summer 2018 itinerary and locations will be announced in the coming weeks!

Journey to the Middle East: Israel and Palestine will offer two courses, one of which is approved for General Education credit. You are required to take both courses in order to participate in this program.
  • IAS 3433 - Journey to the Middle East: International Relations of the Middle East (Professor Joshua Landis, Gen-Ed Non Western Civ)
  • IAS 3000 - Journey to the Middle East: History, Politics, and Society of Israel and the Palestinians (Professor Gershon Lewental)
Projected Summer 2018 Dates:
May 15th - June 3rd 2018 (subject to change)

Money Matters

The budget estimate for the 2018 Journey to the Middle East: Israel and Palestine program is below; this budget does not include personal expenses. 
  • OU Tuition & Fees - normal in-state or out-of-state rate (financial aid, scholarships and/or banked hours may apply)
  • Program Fee - $3700 (includes housing, in-country travel, and most meals) 
    • 1st payment = $500 nonrefundable deposit due with program acceptance by March 16, 2018
      • ($250 for students who meet high financial need criteria)
    • 2nd payment = $1600 nonrefundable program fee payment due March 30, 2018
    • 3rd payment = $1600 nonrefundable program fee payment due April 20, 2018
  • Airfare - ~$1200 (All Journey to the Middle East students will receive a PITF scholarship of varying amounts to help with the cost of airfare)
  • Education Abroad Application Fee - $50 (charged to your Bursar account)

There are also a number of scholarships available for study abroad students, including but not limited to the following:

Summer 2018 housing details are still under consideration.

Application Instructions
The first step to apply for this program is to attend a Study Abroad 101 session, offered weekdays throughout the semester. You can start an online application anytime by clicking the Apply Now button at the top of this page.

Please note that you are required to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser as part of your Phase 2 application - you can schedule a meeting with the Journey Programs adviser at to fulfill the Phase 2 Meeting requirement!
Applications are reviewed on a regular, rolling basis beginning in November. Applicants with complete applications will be emailed and directed to submit their nonrefundable $500 deposit, which guarantees their spot in the program. The online application includes things to read, sign, and complete. You will need one letter of recommendation from a professor who has graded you, and you will need to answer three short essay questions:

  1. Why have you applied to this specific study abroad program?
  2. What are 2-3 goals you’ve set for your study abroad experience and how will you accomplish them?
  3. What are 2-3 challenges you expect to face abroad and how will you overcome them?


More Information
Your Study Abroad Adviser for Journey to the Middle East: Israel and Palestine is Monica Goodwin. Please contact Monica by email or come in during walk-in hours if you have any questions about this program.

This study experience will involve some rugged travel and hiking. Each student should consider his/her own physical fitness as well as his/her tolerance to extreme heat and non-standard accommodation.  Additionally, students may need to get vaccinations and medications prior to departure.  It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her routine vaccinations are up-to-date and to inquire whether there are recommended and/or required vaccinations or medications for the country/countries he/she will visit (including any countries he/she will visit which are not part of the study abroad program’s itinerary).  To find comprehensive information regarding international travel, including recommended or required vaccinations and medications, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.  We recommend students visit a healthcare provider and acquire any necessary vaccinations and medications at least two (2) months prior to departure. Goddard Health Center (on the OU campus) is a good place for students to acquire the appropriate vaccinations and medications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Session 2018 02/25/2018 03/12/2018 TBA TBA