Curriculum and Format
"I gained so much from the trip, not just academically, but also culturally and socially. In addition to being far more interested in the Middle East, I am much more adventurous since the ISBA program." —2014 ISBA Alum
ISBA is a six-week, six-credit summer program presented in a modular format. Modules combine classroom learning with experiential learning opportunities in Israel.
Modules include the Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Israel course, which outlines Israel’s economy, various industries, culture, and politics, along with the business challenges and opportunities the country faces. You visit innovative companies, meet with Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and gain insights from government officials.
Many of the people, places, and firms you visit in Tel Aviv are mentioned in Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, one of the books you read in the course.
The second module is the Venture Creation course, where students work in teams to either advance their own business ideas or support emerging Israeli entrepreneurs. The teams will research, write, and pitch business plans for new commercial or social ventures. As a result of this process, students will gain an understanding of what it takes to launch a start-up venture.
During the course, you work on an interdisciplinary team to solve real business problems for Israeli nonprofit organizations and companies.
Beyond the classroom
The academy’s emphasis is experiential. Projects and assignments include real-world components that enable you to apply classroom knowledge to actual management challenges. You also interact with Israeli students.
IDC’s student services support staff plans and coordinates supplemental activities. For example, you go on weekend trips, attend cultural events, and participate in immersion experiences with IDC faculty and staff.
Sample Speakers and Site Visits
- U.S. Embassy
- Intel Israel
- Google Israel
- Dead Sea
- Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
- IBM Israel
Cultural immersion and orientation programming
You receive pre-departure information electronically. After you arrive in Israel, you attend an onsite orientation that provides an overview of ISBA, academy resources, and country characteristics.