Study Abroad

The Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State is proud of its successful Study Abroad program in Israel.  More than 160 students have studied abroad on this program since 2006. Students interested in traveling to Israel through JSP should contact Director Yael Aronoff or visit the MSU Study Abroad in Israel website.

Program Contact(s):
Yael Aronoff
Director, Jewish Studies Program
Phone: 517-884-1275
E-mail: aronoffy@msu.edu

Jean-Paul Sewavi
Study Abroad Coordinator
Office of Study Abroad
Phone: 517-432-4345
Email: sewavije@msu.edu

 “I really cannot say enough about this experience—as my friends and family who have been forced to hear about it constantly can tell you. I met people from all over the globe, saw the holiest places in the world, learned an incredible amount, and made lifelong connections to a place that will always remain close to my heart because of the fantastic experience I had there. It was an amazing program that I would do again in a heartbeat. I now have an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life and has been the highlight of my college career.” (Kallie, past participant)

Scholarships

About the Levy Scholarships 

The Julie and Ed Levy Jr. Endowed Fund for Scholarships for Student Leaders Studying in Israel offers scholarships to MSU students—both non-Jewish and Jewish—who choose to study in Israel, and to provide the enrichment of their study abroad experience before they leave for Israel, while they are abroad, and when they return to the United States. The intent of the Levy endowment is to allow MSU students to study at Israeli universities and, through that experience, become outstanding leaders.

The scholarships are administered by the Jewish Studies Program. The number of scholarships distributed annually depends on the amounts of the individual awards and the income available from the Levy Endowment Fund. As many as 10 or 12 scholarships may be awarded per year. Scholarships are $2,500 for summer term, $3,000 for semester study, and $5,000 for academic year study. Scholarships are applicable to tuition, room and board, or travel expenses.
 

Applications. Applications and instructions are available on the Jewish Studies Program at http://jsp.msu.edu/israel/levy-scholarship/. Applications are due March 1 each year for summer, fall, or annual academic year study in Israel. Applications are due October 15 each year for spring semester study in Israel. Applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled at MSU
  • have completed a minimum of 28 credits of successful course work
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • have demonstrated leadership skills or show evidence of leadership potential
Obligations. Recipients of Levy Scholarships are expected to express acceptance in writing within 30 days of notification of the scholarship. Recipients must also submit a brief, type-written statement on their experiences studying in Israel; reports must be submitted to the Jewish Studies Program office within 30 days of returning from Israel. These statements, or excerpts from them, may be used by the Jewish Studies Program office and the MSU Office of Study Abroad to help promote Levy Scholarships and study in Israel. Recipients may also be called upon to serve as resources to other MSU students interested in studying in Israel.
For additional details about the Levy scholarship, contact Yael Aronoff, Director, Jewish Studies Program (telephone 517-884-7054; e-mail aronoffy@msu.edu). All e-mail inquiries should use the subject line “Israel Study.”

About the Slade Scholarship

The Ed and Dot Slade Israel Study Scholarship is for students for whom athletics has played a significant part in their lives and for whom study in Israel will enhance the undergraduate experience. Consideration will be given to those applicants who have participated in organized school sports or Maccabi/Maccabiah sports, or in intercollegiate competition or intramural athletics. Scholarships are available to non-Jewish and Jewish students.
The scholarships are administered by the Jewish Studies Program. Scholarship awards will be $2,000 for summer, $2,500 for a semester applicable to tuition, room and board, or travel expenses. Currently, one or no more than two Slade Israel Study Scholarships will be given annually.
Applications. Applications and instructions are available on the Jewish Studies Program’s web site at http://jsp.msu.edu/israel/slade-scholarship/.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled at MSU
  • acquired junior or senior status (or who will achieve junior standing at the end of the current academic year)
  • minimum GPA of 3.0
  • have participated actively in athletic competition either before coming to MSU or at MSU
This scholarship recognizes Ed Slade, a 1966 alumnus, a native New Yorker who pursued a liberal arts education at MSU. Ed Slade has served as Track and Field Chair of the United States Maccabiah Committee, a referee, and a judge, and has strongly promoted the Maccabiah games. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the US Committee on Sports for Israel. Mr. Slade has also served actively with the US Olympic Committee, and twice has been a judge for the Summer Olympics.
Obligations. Recipients of the Slade Scholarship are expected to express acceptance in writing within 30 days of notification of the scholarship. Recipients must also submit a brief, type-written statement on their experiences studying in Israel; reports must be submitted to the Jewish Studies Program office within 30 days of returning from Israel. These statements, or excerpts from them, may be used by the Jewish Studies Program office and the MSU Office of Study Abroad to help promote Slade Scholarships and study in Israel. Recipients may also be called upon to serve as resources to other MSU students interested in studying in Israel.
For additional details about the Slade scholarship, contact Yael Aronoff, Director, Jewish Studies Program (telephone 517-884-7054; e-mail aronoffy@msu.edu). All e-mail inquiries should use the subject line “Israel Study.”