Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Beer Sheva, Israel; Jerusalem, Israel; Tel Aviv, Israel
- Program Terms: Spring
- Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Located within the nexus where three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa - come together, Israel contains a rich diversity of landforms, natural ecosystems, flora and fauna. Housing about 9 million people in a country the size of New Jersey, Israel has continually been at the cutting edge of sustainability innovation. This course immerses students directly into the natural and built wonders of Israel. Along the way, we explore the ecology of the diverse areas we encounter, and we investigate the environmental challenges confronting these areas amidst the stressors of climate change and rapid population growth. Next, we collaborate with local Israelis engaged in addressing a present issue of sustainability. Finally, we take back home lessons learned in Israel and apply them on our own campus in the form of a progressive project of urban ecosystem enhancement.Course Learning Objectives:
Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for BIO T380 for 3 credits as a part of their spring term. Students must leave space for these 3 credits in their credit load, or will otherwise be billed for exceeding the 20 credit term maximum.
Graduate students are invited to apply, with the support of the academic department.
This program is lead by Professor Scott Quintel (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Ecopreneurship program
Arrival Date: March 19
Departure Date: March 30
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.
Students will likely need to depart on March 18 to arrive on March 19.
Tentative Itinerary Overview
|COURSE INTRODUCTION – COURSE OVERVIEW – STUDENT INTROS – WHAT’S AN ECOSYSTEM? – LAYERS OF THE LAND – LAND MOSAICS: MATRIX, PATCH, CORRIDOR – INTERCONNECTEDNESS – ART OF EXPLORATION
MEDITERRANEAN COASTAL PLAIN
Exploring the Mediterranean Coastal Plain and Marine Environment
Guest: Sigal Abramovich, Head of Earth & Env. Scis. at Ben Gurion University of the Negev
|THE CENTRAL HILLS OF ISRAEL
||Exploring the Central Hills and Judaean Mountains
Guest: Sharoni Shafir, Head of Institute of Environmental Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
|THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY OF ISRAEL||Exploring the Great Rift Valley, Including the Dead Sea
Guests: Benny Chefetz, Dean of Agriculture, Food & Environment at Hebrew U. and Yael Mishael, Director of Hebrew University Center for Sustainability
|THE NEGEV DESERT||Exploring the Negev Desert and Wilderness Area
Guest: Ofer Ovadia, Chair of Scientific Committee of School of Sustainability and Climate Change at Ben Gurion University of the Negev
|PRACTICING SUSTAINABILITY INNOVATION||Participation in Local Project of Water-Related Conservation and Sustainability|
|WEEKLY PROGRESS REVIEW AND REFLECTION REGARDING VIDEO PRODUCTION AND SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT||Discussion of Video and Campus Sustainability Projects|
|TBD||COURSE WRAP-UP – SCREENING VIDEO AND FINAL REFLECTIONS||Screening Our Documentary
Final Exchange of Reflections
NOTE: This program will be quite active, involving hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Students will need to be physically able to participate in this ICA.
Due 11/15/2022 - $500
Due 1/15/2023 - $1,595
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
Included in Program Fee:
Expert guided tours
Quarantine Insurance and Emergency Assistance
Not Included in Program Fee:
Visa cost (if applicable)