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  • Locations: Dead Sea, Palestinian Territory; Jericho, Palestinian Territory; Jerusalem, Israel; Negev, Israel
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 10/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/06/2018 01/13/2018
NOTE: Students will depart the US on Friday, January 5, 2018 to arrive in Israel on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Eligibility: UB School of Law Students Only Term: Winter
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Program Description:

Environmental Justice Issues

The Wall of Separation     Dead Sea     Golgotha Crucifix

Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Israel's financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches. Palestine is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East claiming the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as the designated capital, although its administrative center is located in Ramallah.
This study abroad experience is a three-credit seminar that will expose students to on-the-ground experiences of environmental justice in the context of the Israeli occupation. It will deepen their understanding of both environmental justice and the political situation in Israel/Palestine, and how legal regimes configure into both. We will spend most of our time in Jerusalem and its surrounding area. We will visit the Separation Wall and its checkpoints, meet with central nonprofit organizations working on issues of land and environment in Jerusalem and Jericho, hike through nature reserves, visit Bedouin and Jewish settlements, and float in the Dead Sea.

We will start our trip on Sunday early morning with a day in Jerusalem, embarking on a tour of the Jewish settlements in the City of David with an NGO working on this topic (Ir Amim). Early on Monday morning we will visit the A-Ram checkpoint with MachsomWatch women. Next, we will head down to Jericho for a visit of Auja Ecopark (defined as “Area A” of the Occupied Palestinian Territories). There, we will experience a specially tailored educational lecture and tour of the Jordanian valley. During this visit we will also discuss the impoverished state of the Dead Sea. We will stay in the area and walk through the local nature parks, discussing the role that nature reserves and fire zones perform in land regimes in this region. On Wednesday or Thursday, we will head to the southern Negev district of Israel to meet with Bedouin leaders and discuss their struggles.
Students will meet for two 3-hour sessions in preparation of the trip, and for one 2-hour session upon their return. They will be required to submit a written essay, 25 pages long, on a topic approved by the instructor in advance of the trip. Seminar papers are due on February 5, 2018.

Students will stay in a hotel for every night of the program except for one night in which they will stay at a homestay arranged by Bedouin Hospitality in the Bedouin village of Hashem Zaneh.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Winter.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Irus Braverman

This program is currently not accepting applications.