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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Tineka Lebrun
Minimum GPA:
3
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Graduate/Undergraduate:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
None
Internship Available:
Yes
Fields of Study:
Arabic, Business, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Global Studies, History, International Business, Internship, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies
Program Description:

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 

Program Description 

Take classes at Tel Aviv University while also interning in Tel Aviv. Students who study at TAU for the semester or the full academic year will take courses taught in English from the TAU course schedule. Many of the courses have a unique connection with Israel and/or the Middle East region, and therefore give unparalleled insight into the subject matter. Each course awards three academic credits. TAU offers many courses which are available just for study abroad students which follow a calendar aligned closely with the typical North American university calendar (called “Study Abroad Courses”). Students can also enroll in general university courses taught in English which may run a bit longer than the study abroad courses. Students will get comprehensive information on all academic matters during a mandatory academic orientation on-site. A final updated course schedule is posted prior to the beginning of each semester.?

The TAU Internship Coordinator works with each student individually to create a customized internship opportunity that is tailored to academic and professional interests. In addition, the TAU Internship Coordinator supports students throughout the process, ensuring that both the intern’s and the organization’s expectations are aligned and the experience is mutually beneficial. Whether your passion is Business, Technology, Political Science, NGOs or more, the TAU Internship Coordinator will work to connect you with an internship that will offer a unique and engaging professional experience.

Fall Semester Program Structure

Students who participate in the internship program during Fall Semester will enroll in three academic study abroad courses in addition to a mandatory 3-credit internship course that specializes in career development, organizational behavior and cultural differences in the workplace. Fall Semester students will first get acquainted with their internship positions during the summer Hebrew Ulpan and will continue to participate during the fall semester while interning part time. In total, students are expected to intern approximately 200 hours over the course of the semester.
 

Spring Semester Program Structure

Students who participate in the internship program during Spring Semester will first enroll in the mandatory Hebrew Ulpan and then continue with three academic study abroad courses during the semester. In addition, students are required to take a mandatory summer internship course that specializes in career development, organizational behavior and cultural differences in the workplace. Spring Semester students will get acquainted with their positions while studying during the spring semester and will officially be full time interns for seven weeks during the summer (while they also take the mandatory internship course). In total, students are expected to intern approximately 200 hours over the course of the semester and summer.
 

Academic Year Program Structure

Students who participate in the internship program during the Full Academic Year will take three academic study abroad courses in the fall in addition to a mandatory 3-credit internship course that specializes in career development, organizational behavior and cultural differences in the workplace. During the fall students will first get acquainted with their internship positions during the summer Hebrew Ulpan and will continue to intern throughout fall and spring semester part time. During the spring semester, students will take four academic study abroad courses while they intern part time.  In total, students are expected to intern approximately 300 hours over the course of the year.
 

Placement Process and Details

Once students apply to the internship program, the TAU Internship Coordinator will schedule a Skype call with the student to gather comprehensive information on the type of internship that might be best suited for the student based on the skills, interests, and experience. From there, the Coordinator will work to find an internship placement that will be a good match from both the perspective of the student and the organization or company that is providing the internship. In some cases, it may be possible to offer more than one internship possibility to a student; this depends on several factors including the field of interest, company availability, etc. Having knowledge of Hebrew will help increase opportunities; however, Hebrew is not mandatory for an internship placement. In addition, internship placements depend largely on a student’s flexibility and success in completing the requirements to be accepted to an internship (interviewing successfully, providing a suitable cover letter and resume, etc.). While our Internship Coordinator helps to prepare and guide students in this regard, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to successfully complete these steps. For this reason, acceptance to the internship program does not automatically guarantee an internship placement. Placement depends on a mutual fit approved from both the student and company perspective. All internships are unpaid.  
 

Examples of Past Internship Placement Fields

  • Public Relations
  • Product Management
  • Business Development
  • Environment
  • FinTech
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Film and Media
  • Social Media
  • Education
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Academic Research Internships
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other STEM related internships
The TAU Student Life Team will organize a wide variety of events and activities for study abroad students throughout the semester, including several overnight excursions within Israel. Examples of past activities include Tel Aviv neighborhood tours, student welcome and farewell receptions, karaoke night, international pub trivia, Israeli film nights, “Krav Maga” workshops, and much more. 

Please note U.S. citizens who study in Israel will be required to travel to the Consulate General of Israel in New York City to apply for a visa in-person prior to the start of the program and should budget for travel costs accordingly.

The Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Business in Israel and the Entrepreneurship & Internship Study Abroad Program tracks are not approved for Penn State students.

Dates

Academic Year: early August - mid May
Fall: early August - late December
Spring: mid January - late July

Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available. 

Location

Expand your horizons as you live and explore the growing city of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv and its booming population, innovative spirit, edginess, beautiful beaches and 24-hour lifestyle gives the city a cosmopolitan flair that makes it a perfect destination to spend a semester or year while studying at a world class institution. Located in the heart of Israel, Tel Aviv has easy access to the entire country. 

TAU’s campus is centrally located in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood, a short twenty minute bus ride or even a short twenty minute bike ride away from the city center. While on campus, you will get to enjoy our beautiful 220 acre green and lively space filled with 30,000 students - many international students but many locals as well. On campus you will find many libraries, cafes, cafeterias, a student pub, great outdoor sporting facilities and also indoor sporting facilities. As a student you will have access to a discounted gym rate which offers three pools (one Olympic sized) a great indoor gym. There are tennis courts on campus, as well as volleyball courts spread out throughout the open areas.

Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation

In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.

Academics

Available Fields of Study

Arabic, Business, Communications, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Global Studies, History, International Business, Internship, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies

Course Listings

To find courses at Tel Aviv University, follow the instructions on the host program page.

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on the host program page before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with your host program
Semester students are required to participate in the 4-credit intensive Hebrew language course, the 3-credit internship course, as well as 3 3-credit study abroad courses. Academic year students will take the 4-credit intensive Hebrew language course, the 3-credit internship course, as well as 3 3-credit study abroad courses in the fall and 4 study abroad courses in the spring while interning part-time.

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 16 credits and a maximum number of 16 credits 
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
 
Grade Conversion Scale
Host Institution Grade Penn State Grade
 93-100% A
 92-90% A-
 89-85% B+
 84-80% B
 79-75% B-
 74-70% C+
 69-65% C
 64-51% D
 50% and below F
 
Credit Conversion Scale
Host Institution Credit Penn State Credit
 3 Credits      3 Credits
 

Housing and Meals

Housing

Housing is guaranteed and included in the program. Study abroad students are eligible to live in the Tel Aviv University Einstein dormitories, which are adjacent to campus. Each dormitory suite is furnished and includes an air conditioner, cable TV, wireless internet, a kitchenette, one bathroom and two bedrooms. Two students are housed in each bedroom, for a total of four students per suite. Housing includes 24-hour security and supportive resident counselors called Madrichim. For more information about housing, visit the Tel Aviv University Housing website

Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions. 

Meals

Meals are not included in the program and will be organized by the student.
 

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs 
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser

Scholarships 

The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

Program Specific Scholarships 

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
 

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility 

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Program Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.
 

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website. 

How to Apply

Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to get started!

Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website. 

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website

Social Media

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For information about upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, deadlines, and much more visit the Global Programs Events Calendar and follow us on social media!
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 05/01/2019
06/07/2019 01/13/2020 07/31/2020
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 07/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed