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  • Locations: Amman, Jordan; Jerusalem, Israel; Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program Terms: Spring PGS
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  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

The Middle East in Conflict: A Century of War and Peace (INTL 280)
Dr. Samuel Helfont, International Relations
The modern Middle East has witnessed tremendous conflict and turmoil since it emerged following World War One. It would be impossible for one course to cover all conflict in the Middle East over the past century. Therefore, this course investigates three prominent conflicts (the Arab Israeli Conflict, Islamist Terrorism, and the Iraq Wars), which represent case studies on ethno-national conflict, religious conflict, and great power intervention. The course uses these conflicts to expose students to the primary types of conflicts that have manifested in the region over the past one hundred years. Students will travel with the course instructor to Israel and Jordan over Spring Break 2018 to conduct site visits and observe the ramifications of these conflicts in the modern Middle East.

Travel to Israel and Jordan: March 2 - 11, 2018


Course Information

Click here to view the preliminary course syllabus: INTL 280 Middle East in Conflict Syllabus.pdf
Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.
No prerequisites.


The details of this itinerary are notional and subject to change.
Date Activities Location
Friday, 3/2 Fly from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, 3/3 Arrive in Tel Aviv, dinner Tel Aviv, Israel
Sunday, 3/4 Tel Aviv University, cultural activity, leave for Jerusalem Tel Aviv, Israel
Monday, 3/5 Morning in Old City Jerusalem; East Jerusalem/Palestinian event in afternoon Jerusalem, Israel
Tuesday, 3/6 Travel to Kibbutz Ketura with stop at Masada Kibbutz Ketura
Wednesday, 3/7 Arava Institute, travel to Wadi Rum Wadi Rum, Jordan
Thursday, 3/8 Travel to Amman with stop at Petra Amman, Jordan
Friday, 3/9 Amman site visits, meet with Palestinian refugees, meet with U.S. Embassy officials Amman, Jordan
Saturday, 3/10 Travel from Amman to Philadelphia Amman, Jordan
Sunday, 3/11 Return to Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA

Travel and Accommodation

Students will be required to travel on a group flight out of Philadelphia.
Accommodations include hotels (double occupancy) and one night at a Bedouin camp.

Cost and Finances

Penn Global Seminars are funded by a generous donation from the Hasan and Arifa Ahmad Fund, as well as contributions from Penn's Global Engagement Fund. All in-country logistical costs, including accommodations, transportation, entrance fees, translation services, and group meals, are covered by Penn Global. Students do not pay a program fee to participate in a Global Seminar.

Students will be responsible for the cost of the round-trip flight to the program site. For this course, students will be required to travel with a group flight. Students are also responsible for personal meals, visa fees, and vaccinations, where applicable.

A preliminary budget sheet is available here: 
Budget Sheet - The Middle East in Conflict (PGS 015).pdf

A $250 deposit is assessed after a student commits to the program and is refunded upon receiving the student's confirmed flight itinerary. Students will be notified before the deposit is charged.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid may be eligible for an adjustment to their aid to cover the out-of-pocket costs of the program. Penn Abroad will share a budget sheet with Student Financial Services so that adjustments to the aid package can be determined.

All costs related to the on-campus component of the program are the responsibility of the student and are not figured into the program budget for SFS.

Next Steps

The application for this program opens September 11, 2017 and closes October 6, 2017. Please apply using the "Apply Now" button located at the top right section of this brochure. 

Applications are reviewed by a committee which includes the course instructor and Penn Abroad staff. Strong applicants may be invited for an in-person interview. 

Students will be notified of their decision on October 25, 2017 and will be given two weeks to commit to the program.

Please direct application questions to Laurie Jensen, Penn Global Seminars Manager, at

This program is currently not accepting applications.