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The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
New York City, United States (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall,
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Language of Instruction: English
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Class Eligibility:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorms
Maximum Credits Earned (per semester): 4.0 Academic Area of Study: American Studies, Hebrew, History, International Studies, Judaic Studies, Religion
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Foreign Language Prerequisite:
2 semesters of Hebrew
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The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS)

Through a special arrangement with the Jewish Theological Seminary/List College, Dickinson students majoring or minoring in Judaic Studies have the opportunity to spend the spring semester of their junior year in New York City. Students must complete at least two semesters of Hebrew in order to be eligible for the program.

Established in 1886, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York is a prominent, intellectual and religious center for Judaic studies. JTS is located in Morningside Heights in Manhattan. Through special arrangements, Dickinson students majoring or minoring in Judaic studies may attend JTS/List College during the spring semester of their junior year.

New York City

New York is the United States' most populous metropolis, exerting its powerful global influence on finance, research, media, culture, art, fashion, and education. New York provides for any kind of entertainment and activity, easily accessible by bus, metro or by foot. Though one must start with Central Park, Madison Square Garden, and Rockefeller Center, the places to discover in New York City are endless. Particularly for Jewish life, the rich fabric of the city provides an academic starting point for studying Jewish Heritage in America.

The Jewish Theological Seminary encompasses the Rabbinical School, the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, the H.L. Miller Cantorial School, and College of Jewish Music. Disciplines at List College include: Ancient Judaism, Bible Studies, Jewish art and Material Culture, Jewish History, Jewish Literature, Jewish Music, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Women's Studies, Liturgy, Medieval Jewish Studies, Midrash, Modern Jewish Studies, Talmud and Rabbinics. List College students may explore their varied academic interests through a consortium with Columbia University and Barnard College.

This Partner program requires students to have:
  • Two semesters of Hebrew language
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Open to all majors. All students must have a declared major at the time of application.

As a part of the review process students’ conduct records and account status are also reviewed. Students and their parents should note that the review process takes all elements of the student’s academic record into consideration and that even if a student has the required minimum GPA and language prerequisites, he or she may not be admitted.
Students who have questions about the review process or their particular candidacy for a program should come into the Center for Global Study and Engagement for advising.
Center staff will not discuss students’ applications with parents, friends or any other party without the student’s consent and presence in the conversation.

What areas of study are available?

Students majoring in Judaic Studies are especially encouraged to consider the Jewish Theological Seminary. Coursework completed here may also be applicable to American Studies, Hebrew, History, International Studies, and Religion majors.

How many credits will I earn?

Students earn four credits for the spring semester program.

Will the courses count towards my major?

Many courses taken through the Jewish Theological Seminary can count towards your major. You should check with your academic advisor on campus prior to course selection.

Generally speaking, courses must have an equivalent at Dickinson. Exceptions include classes that focus on the culture and/or history of the country in which the student is studying. Transfer credit will not be awarded for coursework that duplicates what a student has already completed at Dickinson.

Will they count in my GPA?

Courses will not count in your Dickinson GPA, but will appear on your transcript.

What other activities are available?

JTS provides an array of on-campus activities for students to participate in the greater community. Campus activities include: Friday Night Shabbat dinner, Student Council, Hillel, Musical ensembles, Intramural sports, Theatre and more. Furthermore, students benefit from easy access to the myriad of events available in New York City.

When will I find out where and when we’re travelling?

Specific dates for site visits and events in and around the New York City metro area will be organized and announced during the semester.

Are excursions optional?

Not necessarily.  Some excursions may be linked to your academic program and, in some cases, content delivered through the excursion will be relevant to a student’s studies and assessment.

Is there an orientation?

Yes, there is an on-site orientation immediately upon your arrival in New York.

What are the program dates?

Tentative dates for the spring semester can be found here. This program is only offered during the spring semester.

Is there a group flight?

No, students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from New York City. Airfare is not included in the program fee.

What if my family wants to visit me?

If you have family or friends who are planning to visit you, please do not make travel plans until you arrive at the program and become familiar with your class schedule and program excursions.  It is not acceptable to skip class for personal travel.

When will I have time to travel?

Aside from program excursions, students may travel on their own during breaks when classes are not in session. It is not acceptable to skip class for personal travel.

Can I arrive early or stay after the program ends?

Students may arrive early or stay late if they wish to travel on their own when classes are not in session.  Please note that if you choose to arrive early or stay late, you will not be able to stay in your program housing. No student may arrive late for the start of the program.

How much does the program cost?

Students pay Dickinson comprehensive fees to attend this program. The cost includes tuition, room, board. However, travel to and from New York City is not covered. See budget sheets.

What is included in the program fee?

The fee covers tuition and fees, room and board, scheduled program activities, emergency medical insurance, and pre-departure and on-site orientation. The program fee does not include primary health insurance, airfare, optional travel, personal expenses, books or supplies

Will I receive a stipend?

No, you will not receive a stipend on the JTS program.

Will I have any problems accessing my money?

Since JTS is located in New York City, students should have no problem accessing ATMs, banks, post offices, and other businesses. The Jewish Theological Seminary has compiled a list of useful resources and area organizations here.

Medical and Counseling Services

Counseling services are available on the campus. The center offers short-term therapy, educational workshops, and referrals as needed. In the event of an emergency, the nearest emergency room to JTS is at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center at 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.   

Where will I live?

Students live in List College apartments. Students may be in suite-style living with a common room and a kosher kitchen, or may be placed into apartments with full amenities with 4-6 upper class students.

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Are internships available?

Can I conduct research while at JTS?

Do I need a visa?

Since the Jewish Theological Seminary is located in New York, U.S. citizens do not need to complete any visa applications in order to study there. If you are an international student, contact ISSS to discuss any changes you may need to make.

Global Ambassadors

Global Ambassadors are students returning from studying abroad.  Currently, the Center for Global Study and Engagement does not have a student representative for this program.  Please contact the CGSE for more information.

Study Abroad Advisors (please call for an appointment):

Center for Global Study and Engagement
Dickinson College

For more information, contact:
Prof. Andrea Lieber, On-Campus Coordinator
Department of Religion
Phone: 717.245.1482

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This program is currently not accepting applications.