Arizona in Israel and Zambia Study Abroad Program | The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

Arizona in Israel and Zambia Study Abroad Program

Contact Information: 

Prof. David Graizbord
Curson Professor of Judaic Studies
Program Director
(520) 661-8917 (cell/text)

Prof. Leonard Hammer
Program Co-Director

Martha Castleberry
Scholarships and Course Enrollment
(520) 626-5762 (Judaic Studies Office)

A UArizona Summer Study Abroad Program - 2023

ISRAEL (Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv)
And for the first time, ZAMBIA (Lukasa & Mphande)

Taught & Directed by Faculty from The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

PROGRAM DATES (subject to minor changes): June 2 – August 6, 2023
Orientation and introductory coursework
online or in person at UArizona:  June 2 - June 8
Jerusalem:  June 11 - June 24
Tel Aviv:  June 24 - July 8
Zambia (Lukasa & Mphande):  July 8 - August 6

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2023

For more detailed information on this program, download our Arizona in Israel and Zambia Information Packet HERE

The Arizona in Israel–and Zambia Study Abroad program offered by The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies provides a hands-on introduction to Israel’s dynamic society. Israel is a modern country deeply rooted in ancient cultures, and it is situated in one of the world’s most important historical and geopolitical crossroads. Students will split the month in Israel between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and will enroll in credit-bearing courses that incorporate numerous field trips and fieldwork assignments. Throughout the month in Israel, the focus will be on engaging in authentic Israeli experiences, and learning about Israel from a wide range of perspectives. Students will be introduced to ancient, medieval, and modern archaeological and historical sites, and they will visit unique collections of Judaic and Near Eastern materials in Israel’s world-renowned museums. They will also be introduced to modern Israeli communities, and to institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the Israeli Knesset (Parliament).

After studying, traveling, and training in Israel, students will travel together to Zambia, where they stay for five weeks. They will train in Lukasa, and then work on a development project in the village of Mphande. Arizona in Israel–and Zambia is collaborating with two NGOs, Tevel B’Tzedek and Africa Access Water (AfAW), to provide UArizona and other students with on-the-ground, applied learning experiences in communal development in central Africa.


  • 2.5 GPA. Interested students with lower GPAs should consult with Prof. Graizbord.
  • Interview with Prof. Graizbord and/or Prof. Hammer.
  • All students must declare a Judaic Studies major or minor prior to beginning summer program. For further information, consult Academic Advisor Christopher Cruz (

GRADUATE STUDENTS: Consult Prof. Graizbord.


  • Official transcript from undergraduate or graduate institution.
  • 3.00 GPA. Interested students with lower GPAs should consult with Prof. Graizbord.
  • Letter of reference emailed by referee directly to Prof. Graizbord.
  • Non-UArizona students are not eligible for UArizona and Judaic Studies scholarships.
  • Consult Prof. Graizbord to discuss issues related to course registration.

Scholarships and Financial Aid Available
The Florence Kaiserman Scholarship
The Ronald and Diane Weintraub Israel Study Award

Additional JUS Departmental Scholarships

Program Cost: $13,000 (estimated, as of Nov. 2022), including airfare, sleeping accommodations, and tuition for UArizona courses. Students are responsible for their own meals, other than breakfasts in Israel. (see packet for more information)

Courses Offered for Credit:

  1. Jewish Civilization: A Gateway Course (JUS 301) – 3 credits
  2. Modern Israel (JUS/HIST/MENA/POL 377) – 3 credits
  3. International Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and Israel (JUS/SGPP 384) – 3 credits
  4. Independent Study (JUS 399), Internship-for-credit (JUS 493), and/or Practicum (JUS 494) – 3 credits
    For full course descriptions, see

For more detailed information on this program, download our Arizona in Israel and Zambia Informaton Packet HERE

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