Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Earn 3 College Credits and get more out of your Birthright Israel experience with Birthright Israel: Study Abroad!

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NOW OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS!

 

Birthright Israel and Mayanot, in partnership with Tel Aviv University  – one of Israel’s premiere Universities – is offering an exciting and fascinating insight into the Israeli “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” scene. Now its your chance to delve into one of Israel’s hottest and freshest topics!

 

Through this incredible course run through TAU’s Coller School of Management*, you’ll get to:

  1. Earn 3 college credits from a leading Israeli university

  2. Add this Innovation and Entrepreneurship course to your resume!

  3. Learn from leading experts and successful start-up founders in Hi-Tech and Innovation

  4. Tour Israeli VC’s, international Tech Giants, booming start ups and meet the people making them tick

  5. Incredible networking opportunities

  6. Experience Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, Tzfat, Camel Riding, the Dead Sea and all the activities of a regular Birthright trip, plus much more!

 

About the Program

 

On your innovation and Entrepreneurship themed Birthright Israel Study Abroad trip with Mayanot, you will experience the Birthright musts such as incredible hikes, Israeli culture, connecting with your Judaism and much more!

 

Additionally you’ll experience unique content related to theme, with experts and world leaders. Led by the renown TAU faculty, you’ll be met with a learning experience you’ve never encountered before.

This experience is limited to 35 spots and we anticipate it being highly competitive, so make sure to register now.

 

Please note that all Birthright Israel itineraries are subject to change.

 

In this course, you’ll:

 

  • Run real case-analysis together with company executives

  • Meet with seed level and emerging companies as well as large international corporations

  • Develop creative thinking in ideation workshops

  • Learn how to leverage personal networks and develop networking skills

  • Get a behind the scenes look at Venture Capital firms and their decision making process

  • Learn essentials in data analytics and digital consumerism and more

All the while, experiencing the trademark awesomeness of every other Mayanot trip.

 

This exceptional educational opportunity gives you:

  1. 3 academic credits from Tel Aviv University, transferable to most US universities

  2. Twelve days in one of the world’s most fascinating countries! That’s two more days in Israel than a regular trip.

  3. Access to 35 hours of “field study” with leading experts in innovation.

  4. An opportunity to experience the “Start-Up Nation” hands-on through meeting and interacting with those that give her that name. 

  5. Seminars and discussions with leading entrepreneurs in the Hi-Tech field.

  6. Israeli’s traveling with your group for five days.

  7. A prestigious certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship to add to your resume/college transcript.

  8. International connections with industry experts you’ll have for the rest of your life!

 

 

How does this program work?

 

Birthright Israel: Study Abroad is an educational experience where the coursework is integrated into your itinerary. The program is comprised of roughly 1/3 lectures from professionals in the field, 1/3 workshops, such as creativity & ideation and team-building and 1/3 visits to tech companies, VCs and local start-ups.

 

TRIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Cost: $250

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0​

  • Open to students and young professionals from all backgrounds

* Applicants for Winter 2017/18 can use their Birthright deposit towards the cost of the program!

* Cost includes tuition, round trip airfare (from designated cities), hotel accommodations, transportation, at least two meals per day, and other associated land costs.

*For the classroom aspects of the program, participants are expected to have their own laptops/tablets to take notes (Mayanot/Birthright does not take responsibility for damage, theft, loss etc. Your laptop should be insured).

 

Upon successful completion of the program you will be given an academic transcript for 3 credits from TAU. If you plan on transferring the credits to your own university, we highly recommend that you confirm with your university before attending this program that the credits are transferable. This is fully your responsibility.

 

We look forward to having you join us on this incredible trip! Places are limited!!


 

 

The Course Syllabus

 

FACULTY

 

 

 

About Accreditation 

 

Tel Aviv University is accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education. Every student should approach their academic advisory to see whether credits for this program can transfer. You can see a list of schools that have a standing academic partnership with TAU here, but others may also accept the credits, even without an official partnership. 

 

TAU is also a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide.

 

 

Itinerary

 

On your Innovation & Entrepreneurship themed Birthright Israel Study Abroad trip with Mayanot, you’ll experience plenty of our signature adventures such as incredible hikes, immersing yourself in Israeli culture, connecting with your Judaism and much more! Additionally, you’ll experience unique content related to theme, with experts and world leaders. Led by the renown TAU faculty, you’ll be met with a learning experience you’ve never encountered before. 

 

This experience is limited to 35 spots and we anticipate it being highly competitive, so make sure to pre-register now and apply as soon as registration opens on September 5th. Please note that all Birthright Israel itineraries are subject to changes.

 

DATES:
May 22, 2018 – June 5, 2018
June 10, 2018 – June 24, 2018

 

 

FAQ

Why does this trip cost $250? I thought Birthright was free!
For the “Birthright Israel Study Abroad” trips only, the $250 (taken from your original deposit) is the remainder after a Birthright subsidy over and above the normal 10 day trip. The additional funds are for the academic accreditation, the lecturers, and the field study days with the university faculty. It also helps cover part of the additional two trip days. A similar 3-credit summer course in Israel’s leading universities usually costs between $1,500 – $2,000. Participants who are able to transfer the credits would save the tuition fees or time studying a 3 credit course at their home institution which could be much more expensive.

Can I go on this trip without paying the $250?

Not at this time. For the “Birthright Israel Study Abroad” trips only, in order to cover the fees of the partner academic institution and the issuance of college-level academic credits, Birthright needs to transfer $250 per person to Tel Aviv University. Once you accept a spot on this trip, you confirm that we can transfer those funds from your $250 Birthright deposit. 


Is this trip strictly academic, or are there aspects of a regular Birthright trip in it?

On your Innovation & Entrepreneurship themed Birthright Israel Study Abroad trip with Mayanot, you’ll experience plenty of Birthright Israel adventures such as incredible hikes, immersing yourself in Israeli culture, experiencing one of a kind cities, connecting with your Judaism and much more! Additionally, your coursework is integrated into your itinerary. The specialty themed part of the program is comprised of roughly 1/3 lectures from professionals in the field, 1/3 workshops, such as creativity & ideation and team-building and 1/3 visits to tech companies, VCs and local start-ups.


What are some of the unique aspects/sites and activities the Birthright Israel Study Abroad group gets to do that are different from the other national Birthright trips?

From visiting international tech giants, to meeting leading VC executives, to visiting an IDF army base, to interacting with some of Israel’s leading entrepreneurs, the itinerary for this trip is designed in a way that the field is your classroom. Come back soon to see a detailed, tentative itinerary to get a better picture. At the end of the trip, Tel Aviv University will grant participants who complete the program 3 credits, transferable to their respective schools. The group is also joined by Israeli soldiers for five days!


I’ve already been on a Birthright Israel trip. Can I go on this one?

This trip is considered a full fledged Birthright trip. If you have gone on a trip before, you are not eligible to go on this particular trip.


How will my credits transfer over to my school?

It is the participant’s’ responsibility to follow up with their home university and see how they want the transfer credits to be sent.


Does my school accept Tel Aviv University credits?

Each university has their own special policy for accepting credit transfers. You will have to check with your respective school to see what their policies are. Some schools that TAU has worked with in the past and that have accepted credits are as follows: American University, Arizona State, Boston University, the CUNY System, Emory, Georgetown, George Washington University, Penn State, UPenn, Syracusem USC and the SUNY System.


Are there tests/exams we have to take to pass the course?

There are no tests during this course, but you will have to write a final paper (7-10 pages long) on a topic of your choice, to be approved by your professor. This paper will be due about three weeks after your trip is over.


What if my college doesn’t accept credits from Tel Aviv University or I’m not really interested the 3 credits? What else can this trip offer me?

By studying at Tel Aviv University, one of the most prestigious universities in Israel and a world renowned educational center on management, innovation and entrepreneurship, you will gain extensive knowledge and an unparalleled experience to put on your resume. Learning at a leading academic institute in this field is sure to give your resume a huge boost. You will also foster connections and relationships to professors and lecturers you will have for years to come.

 

For any questions about Mayanot’s Birthright Israel: Study Abroad program, please fill out the form and we will contact you right away!