ISBA is a six-week summer program presented in a modular format. Modules last from eight to 14 days and include a combination of classroom learning and experiential learning opportunities in the respective areas of study. For more information about the program, please visit the Fees and Logistics and FAQ pages.
This nondenominational program is open to undergraduate students of all faiths and beliefs. The program is targeted toward rising sophomores and juniors, and all students must have a 3.0 GPA. You do not need previous business coursework or knowledge of Israel to participate.
Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel Course
Israel is an innovation and entrepreneurial hub. Learn about the Israeli economy, different industries, culture and politics along with the critical business challenges and opportunities that face the country. Course includes visits to innovative companies, meetings with Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and insights from government officials.
Venture Advising Course
Gain a deep understanding of both operational and investment management issues of start-up firms. Course includes the fundamental strategies and tactics employed by private equity and venture capital firms. Additionally, course reviews how to take into account the macroeconomic, political, and cultural issues that affect start-up businesses that are both operating and raising capital internationally.
The summer program is worth six credits: three credits for the Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Israel course, and three credits for the Venture Advising course. The Entrepreneurship course incorporates the book Start-Up Nation, among others, and during the trip to Tel-Aviv includes visits to many of the people and companies mentioned in the book. The Venture Advising Course places students on interdisciplinary teams to help solve real business projects for Israeli nonprofits.
Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis will grant the course credit. Transcripts will be sent to the student's home institution at the conclusion of the program.
Beyond the Classroom
The academic program is experiential in nature with projects and assignments that contain significant out-of-classroom components to allow you to directly apply your classroom knowledge to the real world. Additionally, learning occurs through opportunities to interact with Israeli students and attendance at a weekly speaker’s series featuring a wide variety of business professionals.
Supplemental activities are coordinated and planned by the student services support staff at IDC and supported by the Nadav Foundation. Activities will include, but are not limited to, weekend excursions, cultural activities, and immersive activities with IDC faculty and staff.
Sample Speakers and Site Visits
- U.S. Embassy
- Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
- Intel Israel
- Google Israel
- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
- Saul Singer, co-author of Start-Up Nation
- Eugene Kandel, economic advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- IBM Israel
- Western Wall
- The cities of Haifa, Yokneam, and Megiddo
You will receive pre-departure information electronically. Once you arrive in Israel, there will be an onsite orientation to educate you about the academic program, program resources, and Israel in general.
We prepare you for your trip abroad with instruction on the founding of the state of Israel, immigrant patterns and their contributions to the founding of the state, and how the history of the state and its evolution impact business.
There will be ongoing sessions throughout the summer to provide you with the chance to learn about Israel in a more in-depth manner. These sessions will include excursions to various museums and historical sites, guided by IDC faculty or staff, such as visiting the Diaspora Museum and sites mentioned in the Bible.
International Programs Manager
Campus Box 1133, One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899