A Summer Beyond Borders: Israel & the Palestinian Territories

2024 Program Dates: June 8-22nd

Students will spend a fast-paced, educational two weeks exploring the political and cultural histories of Israel, the Palestinian territories, and their peoples. From Haifa to Hebron, participants will visit significant historical sites; meet with renowned policymakers, scholars, and community pillars; and learn from international security workers. Students will also have a fantastic opportunity to meet with students at Nablus University.

This trip emphasizes political and diplomatic history as well as armed and unarmed conflict from the late 19th century through the present day. It also introduces the role of the United Kingdom and the United States in the development of the region at different moments in time, acknowledging both the foreign policy successes and failures. However, students will have opportunities to see and learn about several other eras as well. Along the way, students will stay overnight in Galilee, Haifa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and Jerusalem, with day trips to Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem, and Battir.

Participation is limited to 10 students. Interested students should complete our online application. Applications will include a CV or resume, a cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and contact information from UT faculty or staff who are willing to serve as referrals. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Depending on demand, applicants may be required to interview, too.

Important Information

  • Applications are open to all University of Texas at Austin undergraduates. Qualifying students may be invited to an interview with Clements Center affiliates and coordinators. After the interviews are complete, we will notify students who have been selected by the end of October. Selected students must pay a $500 deposit one month after acceptance.
  • Students interested in traveling to Israel/Palestine should carefully consider: (1) The rapidly changing COVID-19 testing and vaccine policies of the university and the Government of Israel; (2) Whether you are at risk of not obtaining an Israeli visa for travel (consult Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and US Department of State websites.
  • Cost: $2,500: The Clements Center may offer limited financial assistance to a few qualified students.
  • Pre-trip preparations: Selected students must attend three, pre-trip seminars in order to prepare for the trip. These seminar dates and times TBD. If you are unable or unwilling to attend these in-person seminars, please do not apply. Students will also be assigned carefully selected readings.

Questions or Interested in participating in 2024? Please contact [email protected]