SPEA in Israel

Learn about Arts Management in Israel, while earning course credit

This intensive immersion course will explore the arts world through study and travel to the “old-new” city of Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel Aviv is located on the Mediterranean and is the financial, technological, and cultural hub of Israel. Known as the “White City”, ancient history and heritage and contemporary design converge in Tel Aviv.

Learn more about the SPEA in Israel program

May 7 – May 21, 2018

A482/V482/Y500/V582 – Arts Management in Israel (3 credits)

Program Director: Ursula Kuhar

This intensive, two week immersion course will explore the arts world through study and travel to the arts and culture metropolitan area of Tel Aviv, Israel. The focus is on government in arts regulation, funding, and policy; the management and preservation practices of arts organizations of varying size and scope; and compares Israel and American cultural institutions. The course also addresses the fundamental issues related to the arts in times of strife, arts as a catalyst for social change in the Middle East, Israeli cultural capital and exchanges, and the role of the arts in Palestinian territories. Students will conduct site visits at cultural institutions; attend performances and exhibitions; engage in discussions with arts managers, artists, civic leaders, and government officials; and explore historic and cultural sites of interest around the country.

    • Explore Tel Aviv by foot
    • Watch performances by Batsheva Dance Company, Israeli Opera and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Take a tour of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Beit Hatfutsot Museum
    • Visit Knesset, Old City, and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem
    • Take a day trip to Masada and watch a performance at Cameri Theatre
    • Take a day tour of Old Jaffa and art galleries
    • Walking tour of HaCarmel Market, Neve Tsedek cultural district, and Bialik Square
    • Network with the Tel Aviv Chapter of the IU Alumni Association

The program will be open to IU students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students from across IU will be considered, however preference for acceptance will be given to SPEA students at IUB and IUPUI. The syllabus calls for higher expectations placed on graduate students in comparison to undergraduate students.

Housing will be at the Abraham Hostels in central Tel Aviv for walkable access to organizations in the city. Each dorm has bunk beds with a shared bathroom and air conditioning. The hostel has wi-fi throughout, lounges, a guest kitchen where students can prepare meals, a TV room, a laundry room and reception which is staffed 24/7. There are also luggage rooms and lockers to store belongings in securely.

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

2018 SPEA in Israel Program Fee: $1,500*

The program fee includes lodging, some food, medical insurance, and cultural excursions.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Israel is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Israel, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

2018 Course Syllabus