Urbino Partners

DATES: July 3 – August 1, 2017

PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare (Includes: Tuition – 3 credits, housing, instruction, health insurance, farewell dinner and special programs, activities and cultural events.).




MEDIA: TextPhotography

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Ilene Prusher

Questions about the Jerusalem Project? Contact Program Director Ilene Prusher at:

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Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, settled more than 5,000 years ago, according to Ancient History Encyclopedia. The city is holy to three of the world’s major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Jerusalem is a crossroads between East and West, and it’s a place where people from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds interact, intersect and sometimes collide. As a focal point of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem 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.


Jerusalem is a holy place for three world religions.

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, 2014 ieiMedia-Jerusalem participant.

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

Academic Credit

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

  • International Reporting –Students will learn how to develop sources, conduct interviews and work with an interpreter, then report on the city around them, publishing their work on a professional-quality website. Teaching the course will be a team of veteran journalists who have covered the Middle East for years. Our faculty includes Ilene Prusher, a former foreign correspondent with extensive experience covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as Iraq and Afghanistan; Linda Gradstein, a longtime National Public Radio correspondent in Jerusalem; and Ricki Rosen, a news and feature photographer whose photos have appeared in Time magazine and The New York Times in her more than 25 years in the region.

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 enjoys not just an abundant collection of historical and holy sites but also museums, theaters, restaurants, cafes and lively arts venues – as well as Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed following the 1967 war, is what Palestinians view as the capital of their future state. Students will have opportunities to visit various parts of the city, meet community leaders and conduct interviews that will shed light on Jerusalem’s complexity and its place at the heart of the conflict.

The University

Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1925, two decades before the founding of the state of Israel, and it currently has about 23,000 students. During the summer, students from around the world come here to study Hebrew and Arabic language, archaeology, Middle East Studies, Jewish Studies and Islamic 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-day weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) and one three-day weekend (Friday-Sunday) to explore the city or to travel around Israel. Cities such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth and Bethlehem 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 university. Over the past decade, participants in ieiMedia programs have included more than 800 students from 80 U.S. and Canadian campuses, along with students from Japan, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Most of our students are journalism or communications majors, but those majoring in other subjects are welcome as well. For non-journalism or 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 confer 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 2017 our faculty will include:

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

Program Director

Ilene Prusher is a journalism instructor at Florida Atlantic University, where she is also a faculty fellow in the Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative. She is an award-winning journalist and author who worked as a foreign correspondent for 20 years, covering Middle East, Asia and Africa. She served as a staff writer and bureau chief of the Christian Science Monitor from 2000-2010, and has also been a frequent contributor to TIME, The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Report and other publications. She has taught at NYU-Tel Aviv, the Hebrew University, and IDC Herzliya and is the author of Baghdad Fixer, a novel about the war in Iraq.

International Reporting Faculty

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 written for The Washington Post, Slate and The Jerusalem Report, and she has been a visiting professor of journalism at Georgetown University in Washington and the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

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, The New York Times Magazine, People, Paris Match and Figaro. Rosen, who lives in Jerusalem with her two children, also shoots and edits video documentaries.

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 modern dorms on Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, a short walk from university classrooms and a short cab, light rail 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 snack bars and sandwich counters, as well as a small supermarket, are 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, cell phone or other device that can record audio and video.


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

Financial Aid

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.


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

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

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 $150 application fee 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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Coming to Urbino was the best decision I ever made. Learning how to function as a journalist in a foreign country while overcoming language barriers and new cultural norms is something that helped me grow in my future profession and life. Aside from that, the city in itself gave me the abroad experience I always wanted and more. From watching World Cup games in the Piazza, to walking up and down the Saturday market, Urbino has left its mark in my life.
by Chris Raimondi, Kennesaw State University, Urbino Project 2014