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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
Semester or Academic Year Programs
  • Jerusalem, Israel (45 courses taught in English at Rothberg International School and specialized programs: Hebrew Immersion Program; Arabic Immersion Program; Art Jerusalem; Dance Jerusalem; Jerusalem Sounds, Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity, and Jewish Experiential Education Program).

  • Copenhagen, Denmark (courses on Jewish history of life in Europe, as well as “Auschwitz” and “Holocaust and Genocide” study tours).

  • Prague, 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).

  • Cape Town, South Africa (Kaplan Center for Jewish Studies offers a number of Hebrew and Jewish Studies courses.)

  • Aix-en-Provence, France (courses about Jews in France during the Ancient Regime and the Philosophy of Judaism).

  • Rome, Italy (course on the history of the Jews of Rome).

  • Vienna, Austria (spring semester course on the History of East European Jews).

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 Jewish Studies program in Prague, Czech Republic that focuses on the Jewish experience in Central and Eastern Europe. Many of the credits earned on the program will fulfill Jewish Studies credit. Most of the courses fulfill Jewish Studies History and Society credit, although a course on Modern Jewish Philosophy (a Religion and Thought course) is frequently taught. Students are required to take Czech on this programs; Modern Hebrew is not taught.

A number of programs in Florence, Italy intermittently offer a few Jewish Studies courses at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute: "The Holocaust" and "The Jewish Experience in Italy." Students should primarily consider Broome Community College, Fairfield University, Academic Programs International (API) and Wells College.

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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