Students select three HUJ courses in a wide range of
academic disciplines, taught in English through the HUJ’s Rothberg
http://overseas.huji.ac.il/. Students with a sufficiently high level of
Hebrew also will have the option to enroll in regular Israeli university
At the heart of the program are two courses designed exclusively for
participants in the Wesleyan program. First is a robust one-credit critical
seminar (Contemporary Israel: Society, Culture, and Politics) taught by
Professor Bernard Avishai, an outstanding international scholar. In addition
to three highly acclaimed books and numerous articles on Israel, Prof.
Avishai publishes one of the most-referenced Israel-related blogs (see
A second, half-credit course consists of a series of cultural evenings
organized by Linda Zisquit, a well-connected American-born Israeli poet,
translator, and professor of creative writing. The course will meet in Prof.
Zisquit’s home in the German Colony neighborhood of Jerusalem, and will
provide participants opportunities to engage in dialogue with distinguished
artists, poets, novelists, journalists, and intellectuals shaping Israeli
Training in Hebrew is strongly encouraged, but not required. All students
take a one-month Hebrew immersion course (ulpan) at the beginning of the
program, as well as a course in Hebrew at the appropriate level during the
regular semester. Students also can take Arabic as an elective.