Clements Center
Clements Center

A Winter Beyond Borders: Israel & the Palestinian Territories

January 3-17, 2022***


Students will spend a fast-paced, educational two weeks exploring the political and cultural histories of Israel, Palestine, 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. It also introduces the role of the United Kingdom and the United States in the growth and 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 20 students. Interested students should complete our online application, which will open on August 7, 2021, and will close on September 23, 2021, at 11:00 pm CST. 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 interviews are complete, we will notify students who have been selected by the 2nd week of October 2021. Selected students must pay a $500 deposit by October 29, 2021.
  • 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); and (3) Whether having an Israeli visa in their passport will impede access to travel to other parts of the world that they may wish to visit.
  • Cost: About $2000, but the final cost is still TBD. 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. 

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***Dates may shift as the trip gets closer due to travel advisories and class schedules