Israel Study Abroad Programs
- Capital: Jerusalem
- Language: Hebrew
- Currency: Israeli shekel (ILS)
Petra, known as the Rose City, is a hidden treasure of the past that remained unheard of until about 1812.
Photo Credit: USAC Staff
Israel is—and has been—at the nexus of world history and current events. It is the Jewish Promised Land, where Jesus was born, and where Mohammed ascended to heaven. Located where east meets west, it has always been a much-desired region of economic, cultural, and religious importance; ancient trade routes, centuries conquering armies and civilizations, and modern geopolitics all have exerted influence on and been influenced by the region. The modern State of Israel was created in 1948.