ISBA is a six-week summer program presented in a modular format. Modules last from eight to 14 days and include a combination of classroom learning and experiential learning opportunities in the respective areas of study. For more information about the program, please visit the Fees and Logistics and FAQ pages.
This non-denominational program is open to undergraduate students of all faiths and beliefs. The program is targeted toward rising sophomores and juniors; and all students must have a 3.0 GPA. You do not need previous business coursework or knowledge of Israel to participate.
Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel, INTL 320
Israel is an innovation and entrepreneurial hub with more listings on the NASDAQ than any country other than the United States and China, more patents per capita, and more entrepreneurial successes occurring in Israel in both the commercial and social arena than anywhere else in the world. Students learn about the Israeli economy, different industries, Israeli culture and politics, and the critical business challenges and opportunities facing Israel.
Applying Business Skills for Social Impact, MGT 250B
Students work in teams to apply their business skills to address real-life business challenges of community-based and nonprofit organizations. Through these projects, students have the opportunity to strengthen their business project management skills; gain experience in solving real-world, unstructured problems; and connect with community and agency leaders. Community-based organizations benefit from the skills and knowledge of students through their final recommendations addressing the identified business challenge. Participating agencies are located throughout Israel.
The summer program is worth six credits, three credits for the Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Israel course, and three credits for the Social Impact course. The Entrepreneurship course incorporates the book Start-Up Nation, among others, and includes visits to many of the people and companies mentioned in the book during the trip to Tel Aviv. The Social Impact course places students on inter-disciplinary teams to help solve real business projects for Israeli nonprofits.
Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis will grant the course credit. Transcripts will be sent to the your home institution at the conclusion of the program.
The academic program is experiential in nature with projects and assignments that contain significant out-of-classroom components to allow you to directly apply your classroom knowledge to the real world. Additionally, learning occurs through opportunities to interact with Israeli students and attendance at a weekly speaker’s series featuring a wide variety of business professionals.
Supplemental activities are coordinated and planned by the student services support staff at IDC and supported by the Nadav Foundation. Activities will include, but are not limited to, weekend excursions, cultural activities, and immersive activities with IDC faculty and staff.
- U.S. Embassy
- Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
- Intel Israel
- Google Israel
- Better Place (switchable battery electric car company)
- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
- Saul Singer, co-author of Start-Up Nation
- Eugene Kandel, economic advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- IBM Israel
- Western Wall
- The cities of Haifa, Yokneam, and Megiddo
You will receive pre-departure information electronically. Once you arrive in Israel there will be an onsite orientation to educate you about the academic program, program resources, and Israel in general.
We prepare you for your trip abroad with instruction on the founding of the state of Israel, immigrant patterns and their contributions to the founding of the state, and how the history of the state and its evolution impact business.
There will be on-going sessions throughout the summer to provide you with the chance to learn about Israel in a more in-depth manner. These sessions will include excursions to various museums and historical sites guided by IDC faculty or staff, such as visiting the Diaspora Museum and sites mentioned in the Bible.
Director of International Programs & Global Initiatives
Campus Box 1133, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone: 314.935.3569 Fax: 314.935.9095