Israel Discovered

Perspectives Trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Israel Discovered – Perspectives Trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories is an in-depth exploration experience of life in Israel and the Palestinian Territories (Palestine) for a select group of student leaders from the University of Maryland.

The purpose of this trip is to give students an opportunity to participate in and discover the beauty and complexity of the land, and to give everyone the resources to create their own opinions and understandings of Israel and the Palestinian Territories (Palestine).

Trip Date

Over Winter break each year

Next Trip: January 2025

Fill out our 2025 trip interest form 


We’ll learn about current events, shining an international light on its complexities and nuances, in an immersive and experiential method. The students will meet with politicians, activists, civic leaders, academics, artists, Israelis, Arabs, Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, Druze, Bedouin, Christians, clerics, and humanitarians who can offer diverse perspectives on the societal and political underpinnings of the region.

Opportunities will be provided to reflect upon and understand issues relating to the region and to gain an appreciation of the political, religious, cultural and historical factors that form the politics and complexity of the Middle East today.

If you have any questions, email Adam Bershad.


  • Must be on campus the following semester (no Spring semester abroad)
  • Must be involved in leadership roles on campus
  • Must be a Sophomore, Junior, or a Senior with extra semesters on campus


  • Valid Passport, must be secured 2 months prior to trip. Passport must be valid 6 months post program
  • Visa for Non US citizens. This must be applied for in advance as this may take some time
  • Participate in pre-trip orientation.
  • Participate in post-trip programming


The price to participate in Israel Discovered is $250, as well as a refundable $200 security deposit, both due at the time of completion of the application form.

If you are not accepted into our trip, you will receive a full 100% refund.


There are grants available to cover this fee on an at-need basis. The program will cover round-trip airfare to/from Israel, accommodation, transportation, two meals a day, admission fees for all scheduled activities in Israel, and overseas travel accident insurance.

Students will be responsible to pay for:

  • Domestic travel to/from the departure airport, if needed.
  • Any passport/visa fees
  • One meal a day (lunch or dinner)
  • Any personal shopping

To apply for Israel Discovered, please reach out to Adam Bershad at