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UConn Winter in Israel: Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

The Program

Israel is consistently ranked one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial countries in the world, despite being a tiny country with enormous challenges.  Israel: Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship will provide students with a unique experience – traveling to Israel on a study abroad mission to learn about Israel’s business, technological, political and geographic challenges and successes.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with business, scientific, and academic leaders in Israel.  We will visit high tech enterprises, venture capital investors, technology accelerators, academic institutions, and government offices.

With this backdrop, we will learn about intellectual property development and commercialization, entrepreneurship, developing business plans and strategies, the role of universities, venture capital investors, and technology accelerators, as well as globalization and multicultural aspects of doing business in the 21st century.

Of course, we will also visit many of Israel’s historic sites, float in the Dead Sea, and spend time immersing ourselves in Israel’s culture. From the Old City of Jerusalem to the Mediterranean Sea and modern city of Tel Aviv.

The Academics

Students will receive 3 credits (BADM 4893; INTS 5110).  LAW students should contact the instructor.  This program is open to graduate students and upper-class undergraduate students.  There will be 3 pre-departure workshops held on the UConn Storrs campus in early December. We will depart for Israel in January.

For more information contact Jennifer Murphy, Program Manager for the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at or 860-728-2108.

The Experience

Highlights of this study abroad program include:

• Pre-departure lectures covering business; entrepreneurship; technology; intellectual property; commercialization; history, geography, politics, and government of Israel
• Visits to Israeli universities.
• Connect with UConn alums living in Israel.
• Hear from Israeli politicians and business leaders.
• Visit kibbutzim, and learn about how the kibbutz movement lead to many of Israel’s technological innovations.
• Meet leaders of the Israeli startup scene, including leading accelerator programs.
• Visit important cultural and historic sites.

Please view the Itinerary – Israel 2018 for more information.


Please note that financial aid, other than certain scholarships, cannot be applied to the cost of this program. Click “Finances” for this program’s budget sheet.

Budget Sheets: Winter
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 10/09/2017 10/09/2017 01/02/2018 01/13/2018

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year, Graduate Student Academic area: Law, Social Sciences, Business, Economics, Engineering, Human Rights
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: Required GPA: