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​The Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program (WSISIP)​



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The Program

​Israel Studies is a fast growing field in the Humanities and Social Sciences both in Israel and worldwide, and a degree from The Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program (WSISIP) will prove highly useful along the road toward doctoral studies or toward a wide range of potential careers. 

The program integrates historical and contemporary perspectives and focuses on the emergence of Zionist ideology and the global Jewish people, the pre-state communities under Ottoman and British, and the State of Israel.

In addition to its interdisciplinary focus, the program is based on an understanding of the field of Israel Studies as situated at the juncture of related fields including Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, Ethnic Studies, Area Studies, Cultural Studies, and more. The courses offered in the program reflect this approach, and include classes that examine the story of Israel as an integral part of the political, social, and cultural history of modern and contemporary Judaism and of the Middle East, from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives.

Since the 2011-2012 academic year, WSISIP, through the Ben-Gurion University’s (BGU) Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism (BGRI), has welcomed students from Israel and around the world to its MA program at the BGU Sede-Boqer Campus. Today, Israel, the United States, Korea, Germany, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, and Kenya, to name a few, are all represented in the student body.

WSISIP filled a gap in available programs for English speakers at a Master's level in Israel Studies and developed to meet a growing demand and interest in the subject.  As the program has grown, so has the diversity in terms of academic backgrounds, viewpoints, and research topics. Part of WSISIP's unique draw is its proximity to the Ben-Gurion Archives, an on-site Israel centric library, and its location in the Negev.

Our Commitment

​The Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program (WSISIP) is the first of its kind globally accredited, English speaking, two-year multi-track program that provides students with comprehensive knowledge in key subjects and research methodologies related to the field of Israel Studies. Our location in the heart of the Negev provides our students with the unique opportunity to fulfill Ben-Gurion's vision while working with leading experts in a multitude of humanities and social science fields. Our goal is to equip our students with a multifaceted understanding of the Israel Phenomena accompanied with the knowledge and skills necessary complete groundbreaking research that is impactful in both the academic and real worlds.

Our Namesake

The Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program (WSISIP) is made possible by the generous support of Wayne Woodman and Lisa Scheller, as well as Ms. Scheller’s parents, Ernie and Roberta Scheller. Woodman and the Scheller family have been long time supporters of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and have been honored for their work by the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University (AABGU). We are grateful for their generosity, which enables us to offer our outstanding students scholarships that cover both tuition and living expenses. 


​Students and Staff from The Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program (WSISIP) are very grateful for the support of our generous donors. Our work would not be possible without their ongoing commitment.