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Study Tours to Europe 

Students of the Adenauer Division for the Study of European Politics and Society have the opportunity to join various study tours to deepen their understanding of Europe from political, socio-cultural and historical perspectives. 

Athens 

During the first week of March (2018), CSEPS organised a study tour to Athens for a group of students from the Adenauer Division of European Studies. The study tour aimed at offering students a first-hand account of various challenges faced by Greece including the financial crisis and the refugee context as well as on Greek-Israel relations. The tour began with a visit to the Acropolis, a stroll around the Monastiraki Market and continued to the Corinth Canal, the ancient city of Mycenea, the charming port town of Nafplio, and the Athens Olympic Village.

 

During the tour, students had the opportunity to meet with a diverse set of individuals sharing their experience and insight on the current context in Greece and its relations with Israel. Ambassador of Israel to Greece, Mrs. Irit Ben-Abba, shared her extensive knowledge on Israel-Greece relations. Study tour participants also met with a group of Greek students who shared current challenges they face as a result of the country’s difficult financial strains.

 

Participants were also hosted by the University of Pireaus, where they were provided lectures on European perceptions of Israel and Israel-Greece relations. Later, they met with the Director General of the Greek Ministry of Immigration who discussed the country’s current immigration challenges.  Study tour participants also conducted a ‘graffiti tour’ in the Exarchia neighbourhood of Athens. Finally, the group met with asylum seekers from Syria and Iran as well as with a Greek NGO assisting them. The asylum seekers shared their tremendous stories of despair and survival and discussed Greek efforts to assist them in their integration processes. 

Read the BGU blog entry about the trip (Hebrew)

Brussels

CSEPS organises an annual study visit to Brussels for students from the Adenauer Division and from the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The tour includes a fascinating day of meetings at NATO headquarters, a day of visiting the EU Institutions: the Parliament, the Secretary General of the Commision, the European External Action Service and the Comittee of the Regions, and a day of meetings with the Israeli delegation to the EU and NATO and representatives of EIPA. The visit provides students with the opportunity to meet and discuss with varied staff members of EU institutions, exposing them to important facets of EU work and action. 

Berlin – The Politics and identity of Berlin The life of Multi-Cultural City , June 2015 , June 2016, June 2017

Three years ago, CSEPS decided to establish a study tour connecting the story of Europe, Germany, Berlin and Israel, to mark the 50 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.For us, as students and researchers at the Center for the Study of European Politics and Society, it is a great opportunity to visit and tour the capital city of Germany, Berlin. The multi-cultural city is a great destination to understand the German identity by all means – from past through present and its future. In every tour we are trying to discover more about its history, politics, culture, the people, the diversity etc. of the most colorful and interesting city in Europe. During the tour we meet politicians, social activists, researchers, students, artists, people from the culinary industry, and of course –everyday residents of Berlin. With them we hope to get to know Germany better; for our relationship, for us. Each day of the tour has its own theme from classical Berlin, East vs. West, activism through food, the immigrants and their role in the city and the Israelis and the Jews’ of Berlin.

Three Berlin study tours have taken place thus far.