• Israel Summer Business Academy

    Most people have used or heard of Waze and Mobileye and these are just two examples of Israel’s innovative nature and why it is one of the most entrepreneurial and innovative places in the world. Its small size, required military service, highly improvisational nature, availability of venture capital are just a few of the reasons for its success.

    The Israel Summer Business Academy (ISBA) is a six-week, six academic credit program (two courses) that provides a highly experiential academic environment that immerses students in the study and practice of Israeli innovation and entrepreneurial community.


    Applications for this program have closed. You can still apply for select Theme Based Programs and Advance Programs

    ISBA is a six-week academic program sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis in collaboration with the IDC. Students are in class three days a week engaging in highly experiential academic activities and then spend the other two days visiting start-ups and interacting with Israeli entrepreneurs. The program has two classes that students will engage in: Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel and Venture Creation.  The first explores the origins and characteristics of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and the second has students creating their own start-up venture. Students will reside in apartments in Tel Aviv (arranged by the program). The program provides three weekend excursions for all participants.

    If the program is cancelled completely due to health or safety conditions in Israel, participants will be able to receive a full refund of their program fee.

    Before applying, please ensure you read our COVID-19 Response to understand the current entry requirements and other important information. Please be aware as you review our Covid-19 Response page that your program is considered a non-Masa program.

    This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists. Beginning in 2022 Onward Israel has merged with Birthright Israel and operates as a division within Birthright.

    Applications open on November 1. 2021 and close on February 1, 2022. Priority deadline of December 15, 2021 for early decisions. Apply here: www.olin.wustl.edu/isba.

    Important Information

    June 20 – August 1, 2022

    Participants MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.

    Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a quarantine period upon arrival in Israel for some or all participants. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19 and our webpage.

    Program Cost*

    The program cost includes housing, medical insurance, a modest food stipend, and ground transportation. There are scholarships available to any student who demonstrates need.

    Participants will be required to submit a $1,000 security deposit into Washington University. For participants who are accepted by the priority deadline, deposits will be tentatively due on January 17, 2022. For participants accepted after the regular deadline, deposits will tentatively be due on February 28, 2022. The balance of the program must be paid by May 1, 2022.

    All participants are responsible for the cost and arrangement of their own flights. Participants should not purchase flights until approximately one month before the program begins. Participants are encouraged to purchase flights with a good refund policy or flight insurance. Onward Israel is not responsible for the cost of flights should the program be cancelled.

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

    Acceptance Criteria

    Any current college students regardless of academic institution, degree, major or religion

    • Applicants must be a matriculated student in a higher education institution.
    • This is open to students studying any subject
    • Students must be in good academic standing with their institution
    • Fluent in English
    • Have a valid Passport (passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the program finishes)
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0

    ISBA participants are housed in apartments located 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 and within each program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.

    For More Information Contact
    Ryan Kearney, kearneyr@wustl.edu

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