Honors Research Seminar Abroad: Immigration and Cultural Diversity in Israel

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Program Description

This Honors College Seminar Abroad will introduce first- and second-year Honors College students, Academic Scholars Program students and Jewish Studies minor students (Honors College membership not required) to research through the lens of immigration and cultural diversity in Israel. Immigration, cultural diversity, and inter-cultural relationships present important issues for many countries in the world. Students participating in the program will engage in weekly research seminars during the fall on MSU's campus, an 18 day field research experience in Israel during winter break, and weekly research seminars during the spring on MSU's campus. Students will present the results of their research projects at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF). The course instructor and program leader is Dr. Yore Kedem, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian & African Languages. To enroll or for more information, contact Dr. Janka at kristin@msu.edu or Dr. Yore Kedem at ykedem@msu.edu

Program Structure

This program consists of two courses (7 credits) that begin in the fall and end in the spring with winter break in Israel. Class meetings:

  • Fall at MSU: Tuesdays, 5-6:50 p.m., 208 Eustace-Cole Hall (Sept. 29-Dec. 1, 2020)
  • Winter break in Israel (Dec. 20-Jan. 6, 2021)
  • Spring at MSU: Tuesdays, 5-6:50 p.m., 208 Eustace-Cole Hall (Jan. 12-March 2, 2021)


Honors College and Academic Scholars Program students will be enrolled in the following two courses:

  • UGS 200H (3 credits) – counts as one H experience
  • JS 390 (4 credits) – counts as a University Integrative Studies Substitution
Jewish Studies Minor students will be enrolled in the following two courses: 
  • JS 399 (3 credits) – counts towards the Jewish Studies Minor
  • JS 390 (4 credits) – counts towards the Jewish Studies Minor

Estimated Costs

  • $1,970 Program Fee (not including tuition)
  • $3,000 Out of pocket expenses (airfare, food, passport, visas, etc.)

Each approved applicant will receive a $1,000 Levy Scholarship to be applied to the program fee, from the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. Students will receive scholarship application information once they are approved.


Please download the application form. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and are due September 20, 2020. Complete the application form and email to Dr. Janka at: kristin@msu.edu