• Israel Summer Business Academy

    A collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis' Olin Business School and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, ISBA launched in the summer of 2014. The academy is designed for students of all faiths, beliefs, and academic backgrounds who want to learn about Israeli business firsthand – and immerse themselves in the country’s entrepreneurial environment.


    Israel has more start-ups per capita than any other country in the world, with 65 percent of the companies still in business after five years. Israel – with a population of about 8 million – is No. 3 on the list of countries with the most companies on NASDAQ, behind only the United States and China.

    You must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for ISBA, but previous business course work in or knowledge of Israel isn’t a requirement. Apply online for ISBA.

    Complete the Onward Israel Participant Form: Onward Israel creates and facilitates six to ten-week resume-building opportunities in Israel.  They are one of our chief partners that makes the ISBA program possible. As part of the ISBA application process, we require that you complete a short application provided by Onward Israel. The application will be embedded in the “Passport to Success” that ISBA sends participants. Please complete no later than the date listed in the Passport to Success.

    Important Information

    Section 1: June 8 – July 20, 2020
    Section 2: June 9 – July 21, 2020


    All participants are responsible for the cost of arranging their own flights.

    Participants will be required to submit a $1,000 participation and security deposit.  Deposits will be applied towards the program fee.

    The actual cost of the Onward Israel program is much higher, and is subsidized up by Onward Israel, private donors, and local communities and institutions.

    Priority is given to students who apply by December 15, 2019.

    Acceptance Criteria

    You must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for ISBA, but previous business course work in or knowledge of Israel isn’t a requirement.

    Participants will stay stay in self-catered apartments in Tel Aviv.

    The number of participants to an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and number of participants on the program.  While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by program and even within a program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists, the Olin Business School, and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

    For More Information

    Maureen Wysocki, mwysocki@wustl.edu

    Organizations That Make This Program Possible