Jerusalem, Israel

Urbino Partners

DATES:  2015 Dates to be Announced Soon

PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare  (Includes: Tuition – 3 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.

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 three-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 3 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 2015 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

Susan Jacobson has worked in new media her entire professional and academic career. She received a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida, an MPS from New York University’s top-ranked Interactive Telecommunications Program and later earned a PhD from NYU. She has travelled all over the world and has taken study abroad students to London, Northern Ireland and Italy. She was an international student herself at Peking University in the People’s Republic of China. She has a passion for working with students to explore new cultures and regions and helping them produce digital stories.

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.

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.

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. Linens will be provided. 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 (3 transferable units from Hebrew University), housing, instruction, health insurance, welcome and goodbye dinners and special programs, activities and cultural events. 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 partial scholarships may be available. Students with demonstrated financial need can apply for Summer Study Travel Grants of up to $400 from the Rothberg International School 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.

Application Process

Students must fill out the online application and submit a letter of recommendation from a professor or employer and college transcripts, along with a $500 deposit. Deposits will be refunded only if a student is not accepted into the program.

For more information, fill out our contact form.

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My experience at The Perpignan Project was unbelievable, not only as as traveler but as a student. I was placed completely out of my element to take on a challenge that included language barriers, wrong directions, and Final Cut Express! As a student journalist, I was able to connect with the people of Perpignan to find meaningful stories that helped me increase my skills as a journalist and as a global citizen.
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