Curriculum and Format
“I gained so much from the trip, not just academically, but also culturally and socially. In addition to being far more interested in the Middle East, I am much more adventurous since the ISBA program.” — 2015 ISBA Alum
Join us: June 20 to August 1, 2022
The Israel Summer Business Academy (ISBA) is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to study and immerse themselves in the Israeli business environment. Students will learn about Israeli entrepreneurship, innovation, and non-profit consulting through coursework, speakers, company visits, and actual non-profit consulting. ISBA is a collaboration between the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel (a suburb of Tel Aviv). This program is a rare chance for students with a wide spectrum of backgrounds to learn about a different side of the business within a country that has built itself around entrepreneurship.
Modules include the Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Israel course, which outlines Israel’s economy, various industries, culture, and politics, along with the business challenges and opportunities the country faces. You visit innovative companies, meet with Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and gain insights from government officials.
Many of the people, places, and firms you visit in Tel Aviv are mentioned in Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, one of the books you read in the course.
The second module is the Venture Creation course, where students work in teams to either advance their own business ideas or support emerging Israeli entrepreneurs. The teams will research, write, and pitch business plans for new commercial or social ventures. As a result of this process, students will gain an understanding of what it takes to launch a start-up venture.
During the course, you work on an interdisciplinary team to solve real business problems for Israeli nonprofit organizations and companies.
Beyond the classroom
The academy’s emphasis is experiential. Projects and assignments include real-world components that enable you to apply classroom knowledge to actual management challenges. You also interact with Israeli students.
IDC’s student services support staff plans and coordinates supplemental activities. For example, you go on weekend trips, attend cultural events, and participate in immersion experiences with IDC faculty and staff.
Sample Site Visits
- Lool Ventures
- Samsung Next
- TLV Campus
Cultural immersion and orientation programming
You receive pre-departure information electronically. After you arrive in Israel, you attend an onsite orientation that provides an overview of ISBA, academy resources, and country characteristics.