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Jewish Studies

The Borns Jewish Studies Program at IU encourages study of the Jewish people and Judaism as a way to enhance knowledge of Jewish civilization. Jewish Studies majors, certificate students, & Hebrew minors may apply for a number of overseas study programs that offer Hebrew language and Jewish Studies-related courses. The IU co-sponsored program at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem (fall or spring semester, or academic year) provides Jewish Studies students a rich Jewish Studies academic experience as well as comprehensive advising from IU Overseas Study in cooperation with a student’s major advisor(s).

IU Programs

* - Academic year option available
** - Academic year option available to qualified students

Semester or Academic Year Programs
  • Vienna-IES, Austria** (spring semester course: "Coexistence and Conflict: History of Eastern and Central European Jews").
  • Prague-CIEE, Czech Republic** (courses on Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, History of the Jews of Bohemia and Central Europe, and through Charles University: Jewish History in Central and Eastern Europe).
  • Copenhagen-DIS, Denmark** (courses: “Auschwitz: From Genocide to Memorial” and “Holocaust and Genocide”).
  • Aix-en-Provence-IU, France* (course: "Philosophie du Judaïsme" [PHIL-P 370 or REL-OS 100]).
  • Jerusalem-HebrewU, Israel* (45 courses taught in English at Rothberg International School and specialized programs: Arabic Immersion Program; Art Jerusalem; Dance Jerusalem; and Jerusalem Sounds).
  • Cape Town-CIEE, South Africa** (Kaplan Center for Jewish Studies offers a number of Hebrew and Jewish Studies courses.)
Non-IU Options
Affiliated Study Abroad Programs

University College London has a Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies with many courses. Our affiliates (Arcadia University and Butler University IFSA) offer UC London as an option.

Study in Israel

Indiana University accepts transfer credit from the following Israeli universities*:

*Due to the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warning for Israel, students choosing to study at universities in Israel other than those listed above will not be permitted to maintain IU enrollment or use of IU financial aid while abroad.

Study Elsewhere

CET Academic Programs has a program in Prague, Czech Republic where you can focus on Jewish Studies in Central and Eastern Europe. Courses include: "Modern History of the Jews in East Central Europe," "Memory of the Holocaust in Central Europe," and "Jews & Anti-Semitism in a Multi-Ethnic Soceity," and a traveling seminar. Modern Hebrew is not taught.

Jewish Latin American Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina through AIFS. Academic year, fall or spring semester. Courses: “Jewish History in Latin America” and “Latin American Jewish Literature” in English. Courses in Spanish language, and content courses in both English and Spanish. Academic fieldtrips with a focus on the history of human rights activism, students in both courses will experience the social justice legacy of Rabbi Marshall Meyer as they visit the main Jewish sites in Buenos Aires and speak with representatives of the Jewish communities: for instance, the AMIA/DAIA building, synagogues, the memorial site for the Embassy of Israel, Jewish clubs, Biblioteca Nacional and Museo Xul Solar, Museo Arte Tigre and Delta Terra, Museo de la Inmigracion (Untref), and institutions such as Hebraica.

Jewish Studies in Poland through the School of Russian and Asian studies in Warsaw via the Collegium Civitas. 

Other programs may also have Jewish Studies courses, although it is the student’s responsibility to verify whether credits would be transferable to IU. See the non-IU procedures for more information.

Note: Hebrew courses at Australian universities are taught 1st semester spring; 2nd semester fall, etc.

  • Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Eberhard-Karls-Universitat-Tuebingen, Institutum Judaicum (Germany)
  • Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland)
  • European University at St. Petersburg (Russia)
  • Leiden University (The Netherlands)
  • University of London, Dept. of Lang. and Cultures of the Near & Middle East (UK)
  • Trinity College, Herzog Center for Jewish and Near Eastern Religion (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (UK)
  • University of Cambridge, Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Divinity (UK)
  • University of Edinburgh, School of Divinity (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • University of Manchester, Centre for Jewish Studies (UK)
  • University College London, Dept. of Hebrew and Jewish Studies (UK)
  • McGill University, Dept. of Jewish Studies (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
  • University of Toronto, Jewish Studies Program (Canada)
  • University of Melbourne, Centre for Jewish History and Culture (Australia)
  • Monash University, The Austrialian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (Victoria, Australia)
  • University of New South Wales, Jewish Studies Program (Sydney, Australia)
  • University of Sydney, Dept. of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies (Australia)

In an increasingly competitive global economy, the international dimension of education is becoming more and more important. Indeed, it is a matter of practical necessity: we have to provide it as a part of a good education, and students increasingly demand it."

-IU President Michael A. McRobbie

Other Options

All IU majors can explore opportunities in a wide range of IU and Non-IU programs.

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