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Graduate Testimonials

Graduate Testimonials

July 2017

"For anybody who wants to understand the conflict or see behind the surface, I highly recommend this programme. It's an eye-opener."

Ms. Indrani Das-Schmid
Gesellschaft zur Förderung der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit (GFGZ)

June 2017


"I had an amazing time at the Galilee Institute sharing experiences with incredible people from all over the world. I learned a ton from forging great friendships with people of different perspectives and backgrounds, as well as adventuring together throughout the beautiful land of Israel."

Mr. Peter Castagno
University of North Carolina (UNC) Wilmington

"Lectures cover a wide variety of material regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. In this way, the program at Galilee institute demonstrates the complexities and challenges to approach the conflict."

Ms. Jenny Ospina
M.A. Candidate, International Studies
University of North Carolina (UNC) Wilmington

July 2016


"An absolutely wonderful experience. You will meet a variety of different people from different backgrounds. You will leave with more knowledge than you know what to do with. A decision you will not regret."

Ms. Lindsay Cooper
Student University of South Carolina, College of Arts and Sciences

"The course provided by Galilee institute is just perfect and well designed for having a clear and objective understanding of the conflict and the issues surrended the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Ms. Vanessa Gondouin
Self Employed

"A great opportunity to review fixed assumptions and experience the academic, social and political challenges present in the conflict first hand."

Mr. Jonas Jäger
MA Student Political Theory
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

December 2015 - January 2016


"The programme of the Galilee Institute was an experience for life; meeting interesting people from all over the globe, having impressive insights about Israel and learning much about the one land with the two peoples and three religions."

Daniel Schumacher
Student & Academic Assistant
Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg

"This program opened my eyes to the complexity of the issue, the humanity and kindness of the people, and my own ability to feel compassion and make a difference."

Liat Kastner
Reed College
Portland, Oregon

"I cannot wait to take all that I have learned for future endeavors. All that I earned during this program is knowledge that is beneficial for being an informed citizen. this program exceeded my expectations and for anyone that wants to become more informed, coming from any background or skill level, should attend."

Alexandria Caputo
University of South Carolina, College of Arts and Sciences

"Really beneficial and fruitful lectures and unforgetable and impressive experiences! Want to take part in more programs if had time."

Lina Yang
University of International Relations

"This was a very unique opportunity to travel and get to know the holy land with all its conflicts, contradictions and its painful hope for peace and a brighter future for every one in the middle east."

Monika Eidmann
BA Student In Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology
Orientalisches Institut, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU)

"A big thank you to the Galilee Institute for a well balanced informative seminar, giving us a deep insight into one of the most prominent, very complex conflicts in the last century and up to today. A unique opportunity to get your mind moving about principles of human beings living together."

Inga Skaara
Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College

July 2015


"The summer course of the Galilee International Institute about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict really does what it promises to: helps us understand both sides. This is done through an interdisciplinary approach and lecturers from different backgrounds, combined with study tours and interactions on the ground. The experience is so diverse that even though the group might be very heterogeneous - with participants that come from different parts of the world and all kinds of personal and professional experiences - everybody benefits a lot from this course in different levels. It is a place for those who want to learn something about the conflict, for the ones that want to learn more and even for those who already know it and want to compare approaches and narratives. It is really worth it and I am glad I was part of this group. Thank you, Galilee Institute."

Joana Ricarte
PhD Candidate in International Politics and Conflict Resolution
University of Coimbra, Center for Social Studies

"GiMi is the right place for exchange of knowledge on the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict. I am well equiped to share the right information on the conflict in the Middle East from an objective point of views."

Rev. Tolbert Thomas Jallah Jr
The Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa (FECCIWA)

"The program truly did an excellent job of including a variety of narratives from both Israelis and Palestinians. Though no single individual was necessarily truly objective in their account, as a collective they painted a detailed, multi-sided picture of the conflict. During my time here at GIMI, my existing views have been challenged by my experiences, the lecturers, and my peers. I have become markedly more critical of the information I consume (regardless of its background), and my perspectives on the conflict have evolved and changed. This was a fantastic program that I would highly recommend to any student, regardless of whether they are pursuing a Bachelor's degree or a PhD."

Kaitlyn Shea Cullen
Student - Political Science and Economics
Washington University in St. Louis

December 2014-January 2015


"This course is a great way to learn about Israel and Palestine in a religious context. I will recommend it to all academics and peers interested in learning more about the subject. It provided me with hours of invaluable classroom studies while providing equally valuable study tours to some of the world's greatest religious sites."

Katherine Duncan
MA student
Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University

"I take the opportunity to thank the entire team, for your work and making our stay wonderful. I learnt a lot and made extraordinary memories and friends. I must say, it was a one in a lifetime experience."

Irene Victoria Massimino
Human Rights Lawyer & Associate Professor
National University of Lomas de Zamora

"You have managed to compile a rich, diverse and very intense programme which was absolutely free from any biases pre-conceptions. As a matter of fact, it was very good that i had a sort of 'apriori' knowledge, otherwise i would have been able to comprehend the content of the lectures, evaluate their context and appreciate their main message."

Marie Curie fellow
Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies, Norway &
Assistant Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest

December 2013-January 2014


“Two Nations & Three Religion was an outstanding programme. It has developed new ideas and thoughts on reconciliation. Narratives from Jewish & Arabs community motivated me to engage to strengthen the peace relationship between India and Pakistan. Every nation has a story to tell and programme like this will help every individual to contribute to his or her country and to embrace our neighbors.”.

Rev. Dr. Samuel Richmond Saxena
Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences - Deemed University

“The programme have really made me understand the Israel culture and development strand as well as the complexities of Israel -Palestine conflicts”.

Prof Ignatius A Madu
University of Nigeria (UNN)

“The program met expectations with unanticipated treasures. The people, communities, the information, the wonders, the history, the challenges...to bring all this together in a meaningful way, that is, that provides new meanings to those who participate is both a skill and a grace.”

Prof. Michael Thomas Kuchinski
Gardner-Webb University

“An excellent course, really enjoyed myself and would recommend to anyone interested in the Middle East. One cannot understand whats going on in this beautiful and complex place, without visiting here. Has challenged many of my assumptions of the Middle East, and has put me in a far better position to research the conflict.”

Mr. Scott Michael Ward
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom


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