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Short MBA Exchange – Israel

Vienna University, Austria
February 3, 2017
 

International Study Tour Opportunity - Israel

If you feel a 3 month MBA exchange experience will be too long, expensive and exhausting for you. IIM Bangalore provides you various other opportunities of an international study experience. One of these options is the DTPEII course floated in Term-5 jointly by the PGP, EPGP and PGPEM programs. DTPEII stands for Developing Technological Partnership between India and Israel and the curriculum is designed in collaboration with the Tel Aviv University (TAU).

Israel can also fit in the 3-month itinerary of your exchange trip, and you can fly down to Israel to experience its rich culture and diversity for a week. Israel is a perfect destination for people looking to experience the European culture as well as get a flavor of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Just like India, Israel is also a land of great historical heritage and is paradise for travelers who have a deep interest in history and spirituality.


“In the land of Israel anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist”

How to reach? Israel has good airline connectivity with major countries of the world. Direct flights are available from India and all the major cities of Europe. The main cities –
Jerusalem – the Capital and the most populated city in the country
Tel Aviv – the financial and technology capital of the country, located on the Mediterranean coast
Haifa – Third most populated metropolitan city in Israel with a major seaport located in the Bay of Haifa on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline.
Eilat – A southern Israeli port town on the Red Sea. It is known for its beaches, coral reefs, nightlife and desert landscapes.

 
The national capital and one of the world’s biggest tourist center is located an hour away (70 km) from Ben Gurion Airport, the largest airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Jerusalem, one of the oldest and most complex cities in the world requires no introduction. This city will take you back in time to thousands of years ago and will leave a deep imprint on your heart forever.
Mode of Transportation: Buses leave from Terminal 3 every 15-20 minutes to reach the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. It is advisable to use the Egged Bus Service which is the government bus service in Israel.


Stay in Jerusalem:
The city provides a wide variety of hotels, hostels, and rented apartments. We would like to mention few of the best Value-for-Money places to stay in Jerusalem.
Abraham Hostels – It is one of the best hostel chains in Israel with properties located in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Nazareth. The hostel in Jerusalem is located in the City Center and offers everything that independent travelers and small groups are looking for. The management also provides city tours in association with the leading tour companies like Sandeman. One of the biggest advantages of Abraham Hostels is that it provides free door-to-door hostel service.
Stay Inn Hostel – Located at King George Street in Jerusalem, this is another VFM option in Jerusalem.
Check In Jerusalem – Located at Jaffa Street, this property provides you with a fully-furnished apartment for the stay. Suitable for longer stays. Please remember this property requires you to submit a deposit fee.


Places to visit in Jerusalem:
Temple Mount: Lauded by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, this is the site where Abraham (father of all three monotheistic faiths) is said to have offered his son up as a sacrifice to God, where Solomon built the First Temple for the Ark of the Covenant, and where the Prophet Muhammad is said to have ascended to heaven during his early years of preaching Islam. It's a place of deep significance (and contention over ownership) for those of faith.
Wailing Wall: The Wailing Wall (or Western Wall) is the surviving retaining wall of Jerusalem's First Temple. Commonly called the Wailing Wall due to the people's laments for the loss of the temple in AD 70, it is now the holiest site in Judaism and has been a place of pilgrimage for the Jewish people since the Ottoman era.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre: For Christian pilgrims, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is Jerusalem's holiest site and is said to have been built on the site where Jesus was crucified. Although often heaving with pilgrims from across the world, the church interior is an opulently beautiful piece of religious architecture. This is the ending point for the Via Dolorosa pilgrimage and the last five Stations of the Cross are within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre itself. The interior contains various holy relics, and the different quarters inside the church are owned by different Christian denominations.


Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow): The course of the Via Dolorosa is marked by the fourteen Stations of the Cross, some of which are based on the Gospels' accounts and some on tradition. The walk begins in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City on Via Dolorosa Street (1st station, near the intersection with HaPrakhim Street) from where you follow the street west through eight stations until you reach the 9th station at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where the last five stations are. Of particular interest along the way is the Chapel of the Flagellation (2nd station), built on the site where Jesus is believed to have been flogged.For many Christian visitors, the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) is the highlight of a visit to Jerusalem, climb upIsrael. This walk follows the route of Jesus Christ after his condemnation as he bears his cross towards execution at Calvary.
Citadel (Tower of David): The Citadel, popularly known as the Tower of David, actually has no connection with David, having been erected by King Herod to protect the palace he built in approximately 24 BC. Inside is the Tower of David Museum, which relays the story of Jerusalem. While here, make the climb to the rooftop for one of Old City's best views. There is also a Sound and Light show here in the evenings.


Mount of Olives: Overloaded with churches and home to the oldest continually used cemetery in the world, the Mount of Olives holds particular interest to religious pilgrim travelers to Jerusalem, but even the non-devout can appreciate the spectacular Old City panoramas from the peak. This sacred hill is believed to be the place where God will begin rising the dead on Judgement Day. For Christian believers, this is also where Jesus ascended into heaven after his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. The Church of the Ascension on the top of the Mount dates from 1910 and has the best views across Jerusalem.
Old City Walls: The Old City fortifications date from the Ottoman period, and nine magnificent gates at junctions within the wall's length lead into the Old City. The Damascus Gate is one of the most famous. Lions' Gate (sometimes called St.Stephen's Gate) leads onto the Mount of Olives outside the city walls. Zion Gate is the main entry into the Jewish Quarter, while Jaffa Gate is the main passageway for the Christian Quarter. Walking the wall ramparts is a wonderful way to experience the Old City. Two sections can be walked on Jaffa Gate heading north to Lion's Gate, or Jaffa Gate heading south to Dung Gate.

If you feel a 3 month MBA exchange experience will be too long, expensive and exhausting for you. IIM Bangalore provides you various other opportunities of an international study experience. One of these options is the DTPEII course floated in Term-5 jointly by the PGP, EPGP and PGPEM programs. DTPEII stands for Developing Technological Partnership between India and Israel and the curriculum is designed in collaboration with the Tel Aviv University (TAU).

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