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DATES: Summer 2017 Dates to be Announced Soon

PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare  (Includes: Tuition – 4 credits, housing, instruction, health insurance, welcome and goodbye dinners and special programs, activities and cultural events.).




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Cathy Shafran

Questions about the Jerusalem Project? Contact Program Director Cathy Shafran at:


Jerusalem is a holy place for three world religions.

Settled more than 3,000 years ago, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and a holy place for three of the world’s major religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This meeting place between the East and West is also a major center for reporting on the Middle East and many international news organizations maintain bureaus here. Students will learn international reporting techniques from veteran journalists and then work as foreign correspondents themselves, publishing their work on a multimedia website.

Student Testimonial

It is an incredible opportunity to work as a journalist. You investigate an issue, work with a local fixer, interview locals, talk with experts and officials, and are mentored by journalists who are actively working in the field. If you want to be a journalist, this is your chance. – Patrick Torphy, Emerson College, ieiMedia/Jerusalem participant 2014.

Students will live and learn at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a modern campus on Mt. Scopus.

Academic Credit

Students will sign up for the following six-credit course:

  • International Reporting –Students will learn how to develop sources, conduct interviews and work with an interpreter and then report on the city around them, publishing their work on a professional-quality website. The course will be taught by a team of veteran journalists who have covered the Middle East for years, including longtime NPR Jerusalem correspondent Linda Gradstein and former Christian Science Monitor reporter Ilene Prusher.

Students will earn 4 transferable credits from our partner university, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

GRADUATE CREDIT AVAILABLE: Graduate students can earn graduate credit by submitting, upon completion of the course, an additional 20-page seminar paper on a designated topic, approved in advance by the course instructor. Students must submit this paper within one month of the conclusion of the course. Graduate students should confirm with their home universities if this arrangement is acceptable before registering for the course.


People from around the world come to visit the Western Wall. 


The City

Jerusalem is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, mixing ancient and modern, holy and secular. Walk the stone streets of the Old City or the lively thoroughfares of modern Jerusalem and you’ll witness the diversity of the human experience. The capital of Israel, Jerusalem has an abundant collection of historical and holy sites, as well as museums, theaters, restaurants and dance clubs, all a short bus or taxi ride away from the Mt. Scopus campus.

The University

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1925, two decades before the founding of the state of Israel, and currently has about 23,000 students. During the summer, students from around the world come here to study Hebrew language, archaeology, Middle East Studies and Jewish Studies. ieiMedia students will have the opportunity to mingle with Israeli and international students.

Travel Opportunities

Jerusalem Area Travel

Students will have the opportunity to travel to other locations in Israel,  such as Haifa,  Masada and Tel Aviv.

Students will have two three-day weekends (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) free to explore the city, or to travel within Israel. Tel Aviv, Haifa, Bethlehem and other cities are all accessible by bus. Those who want to tour extensively should plan travel time before or after the program.



Students will visit the ruins of ancient Masada

The program is open to English-speaking college students and recent graduates from any school. Students from many public and private universities — including American University, New York University, UCLA, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Temple University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, University of Montana, Arizona State University, Amherst College, University of Nevada-Reno, Nanyang Technological University and Carleton University — have participated in past ieiMedia programs. International students with excellent English skills are strongly encouraged to apply; ieiMedia has hosted students from Japan, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand and Trinidad.

Most of our students are journalism or communications majors but those majoring in other subjects are welcome as well. For non-journalism/communication majors, experience working for a college or professional publication is helpful, but not necessary.

The program is open to graduate students. We’d be happy to talk with you about supervising an independent project that would qualify for graduate credit at your school, or to offer this experience as a graduate internship.


Our faculty come from leading universities and news organizations. In 2016 our faculty will include:

The Dome of the Rock, or Haram ash Sharif, is one of many holy shrines in Jerusalem.


Program Director

Cathy Shafran is a Special Lecturer at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan specializing in International Reporting and Broadcast Journalism. She has spent nearly 40 years working as a broadcast journalist somewhere in the world. Her reporting covered conflicts from the streets of Flint, Michigan, to battlefields in the Middle East. She reported on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as well as uprisings on the Israeli/Lebanese boarder. Her work included reports from across Israel as well as Gaza, Southern Lebanon and Egypt.

International Reporting Faculty

Linda Gradstein Linda Gradstein is the Middle East Bureau Chief for The Media Line, one of the largest purveyors of content to the Arab World. For 20 years, she was the Jerusalem correspondent for National Public Radio and has won several awards for her coverage. She has also published stories in The Washington Post, Slate, and The Jerusalem Report. She has been a visiting professor of journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina. Linda speaks Hebrew and Arabic. Her most important productions are her four children, age 8 – 18. 

Ilene Prusher is a multi-genre writer based in Jerusalem, who has covered some 30 countries in the course of her career as a foreign correspondent. She was a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010, serving as the Boston-based newspaper’s bureau chief in Tokyo, Istanbul, and Jerusalem and covering the major conflicts of the past decade: Iraq and Afghanistan. She now teaches Reporting Conflict for NYU-Tel Aviv, runs creative writing workshops, writes for Haaretz, and writes Primigravida, a popular blog about motherhood. After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1993, she started her career as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Later, she freelanced from the Middle East for Newsday, The New Republic, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Observer (UK). She was nominated by The Christian Science Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “What’s a Kidney Worth,” an investigative story on organ trafficking, and won the United Nations Correspondents’ Association (UNCA) Award in 1998 for several stories on Somalia. Her first novel, Baghdad Fixer, was released in November 2012 by Halban Publishers in London.

Ricki Rosen is a news photographer and videographer who has worked professionally for more than 25 years. She was a contract photographer for Time Magazine and her work has been published in all major international publications including Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, People, Paris Match, Figaro. Her work has also been featured in numerous books and exhibitions. Rosen has published several photographic books including Transformations: From Ethiopia to Israel, a portrait of Ethiopian Jews rescued during Operation Solomon – with a look at their lives 15 years later. She has lived and worked in the Middle East since 1988, documenting stories of war, peace, terrorism, millennial fever and mass immigration through her photography. She also films and edits video documentaries. Rosen lives in Jerusalem and has two children.

View complete faculty biographies on our Jerusalem Faculty Page.


Students will live in modern dorms on Hebrew University’s Mt. Scopus campus.

Students will live in dormitories on the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, a short walk from university classrooms and a short cab or bus ride from the city center. Students typically live in single rooms within five-person suites. Each bedroom contains a bed, desk, chair and closet. Suitemates share bathrooms and a full kitchen, where participants can prepare their own meals. Moderately priced kosher snack bars, as well as a small supermarket, can be found in or near the student housing complex. Self-service automatic washing machines and dryers are located in each dormitory complex.​


Students are expected to bring a laptop computer and digital camera and encouraged to bring a cell phone, camera or other device that can record audio and video.


Most people in Israel speak at least some English. Interpreters will be provided for students who want to interview Arabic or Hebrew speakers.

Program Cost

The cost is $4,995 plus airfare. The price includes tuition (6 transferable units from Hebrew University), housing, instruction, health insurance, welcome and goodbye dinners and multiple news-gathering excursions throughout the program. Transfer from and to the Ben Gurion International airport is also provided for students who arrive at the recommended time (students who do not arrive by the appointed time or who choose to arrive early can catch a taxi or shuttle to the campus at their own expense).

Financial Aid


Jerusalem has holy sites for three major religions– Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

A limited number of $500 scholarships may be available through the Rothberg International Schools Office of Academic Affairs.  The grants are offered to current undergraduate American students, enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. college or university and must be used toward travel expenses.

Because Israel is considered a holy place for the world’s three major religions — Christianity, Judaism and Islam — students may be able to get financial assistance to travel there from religious institutions and organizations. Christian students, for example, may be able to get financial aid from their church or a Christian organization. Jewish students may be able to get scholarships or grants from their synagogues, local Jewish Federation or other groups, including:

Other scholarships may become available; for more information see our Financial Aid page.

Previous Student Work

Jersusalem Project

Check out the work created by students in the 2015 Jerusalem Project at

Jersusalem Project

Check out the work created by students in the 2014 Jerusalem Project at

Jerusalem Project 2013

Check out the work created by students in the 2013 Jerusalem Project at

Application Process

Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two references (academic and/or professional) using the “Apply Now” link below. A $350 deposit is required with the application, but will be returned if a student is not accepted into the program. Application deadline: Rolling admission until program fills.

If you have questions before applying, fill out our contact form.

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Things are complicated. I’ve never appreciated that sentiment more than now, after a month’s immersion in Istanbul. There is a totally new range of stories and issues from a culture that is oriented entirely differently than the United States. My admiration for the city slowly crept up on me. Diligent restaurant waiters, Muslim women in burkas and three-inch heels, entire families out at 2 a.m., the Bosphorus, my neighbor who fed 20+ cats daily, 17-year-olds willing to egg the mayor in protest against gentrification and for some semblance of self-determination–all these things inspired me.
by Rachel Aston, San Francisco State University, Istanbul Project 2014