Arni Thorsteinson Study Exchange Program to Israel
The Arni Thorsteinson Study Exchange Program allows Asper students to participate in an academic and cultural exchange with the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Click here to see a short video commemorating this life-changing program during its 10th anniversary in 2018!

Thanks to a generous donation from The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation, the Asper School of Business will the Asper School of Business will subsidize a significant amount of students' travel costs to Israel as well as corresponding accommodation and some meal costs while studying abroad and in Canada. Both Mr. Schwartz and Ms. Reisman were honoured with Doctors of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Manitoba in 2016.

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What You Get

  • Enrolment in IDM 4050 Sustainability Management in International Business from April 29 - May 24, 2020
  • Time in Winnipeg, Toronto and Israel with students and faculty from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Industry visits in Canada and Israel (2019 program included Mountain Equipment Co-op, New Flyer Industries, Sycamore Energy, Office of the Israeli Consul General, Canada Israel Chamber of Commerce, ONEX, Netafim, Soda Stream, Ariel Sharon Park, HESEG House)
  • Cultural and tourist activities in Canada (2019 program included museum visits, a weekend retreat to Clear Lake, and a visit to Niagara Falls)
  • Cultural and tourist activities in Israel (2019 program included a camel ride, tours of Yad Vashem and the Old City in Jerusalem, a Tel Aviv walking tour, swimming in the Dead Sea, hiking Masada, and activities on campus at BGU)
  • An exciting chance to study abroad while earning academic credit and learning about a new culture
  • All airfare, accommodation and program activities are subsidized by the generosity of The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation

Application Deadline

  • 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Late applications will not be accepted

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled in the Asper School of Business
  • Minimum completion of 24 credit hours at the time of application
  • Students may have completed a maximum of 93 credit hours by the start of the program
  • Must be returning to Asper until at least April 2021; students may not take this course as their final degree requirement
  • Minimum degree GPA of 3.0
  • Must not have taken Sustainability Management in International Business. This course will fulfil a Business Option and does not fulfil the Core International Business requirement. Please email with any questions regarding course allocation or how this may fit into your program
  • May not take the course as extra to the degree
  • International students are welcome to apply
  • Students may not have previously travelled to Israel

The Fine Print

Selection is competitive and will be based on a combination of scores from an interview, GPA, and year class. Preference will be given to students who will most benefit from the experience. Only students shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.

Students will be required to pay a $1,000CAD program fee upon acceptance of participation in the program and will be provided with detailed information prior to accepting their offer of admission. Other costs will include course tuition, some gratuities, some meals, and spending money; total cost including domestic student tuition and program fee is generally around $2,000-2,200 CAD. Students may not have other personal, professional or academic commitments during the program due to the frequency and intensity of scheduled activities. Upon confirmation of acceptance, students will be responsible for paying any travel cancellation fees incurred should they withdraw from the program.

Please submit the 1) Application Form, 2) References (one professor, one professional) 3) a current resume, and 4) responses to the Application Questions to Amber Pohl at by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS TIME WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Visit and check out @asperexchange and @asperatsep on Instagram for program photos.

For More Information

Please contact:

Amber Pohl

268 Drake Centre
Tel: 204-474-6752  

Student Testimonials

“I would not have met the amazing people that I met if I did not participate in this exchange. the friendships that I made, both in the Canadian and Israeli groups, are very special to me, and it amazes me that I didn't know some of them before the exchange. I believe that each and every one of us has a special connection to each other as a result of being a part of this intense, month-long experience, where we were constantly together. We became like a small family, and it makes my heart very happy to know that I will be friends with all of these incredible people for years to come.” – Jeremy Franczyk, Asper School of Business, 2019

“I loved that I got the chance to see some of Canada, and even more I loved that I had the chance to show my own country and my village where I grew up. I spent most of my life in Kibbutz Zova near Jerusalem. I had the chance to show my Canadians and even some Israelis who didn't know much about the kibbutz phenomenon, and I believe that it was a wonderful experience for the whole group, myself included.” – Raviv Kerem, Ben-Gurion University, 2019

“I feel that the experience of the Canadian students in Israel was so special. I was able to tell my personal stories and the story of my family in Israel. I felt that the Canadian students were able to connect to Israel, and to understand the history and culture of such a small country. This program is so important, and I am proud to say that I have taken part in it. It is important for me to continue the relationships with the program, and with the people who took part in it, as well as with the alumni group.” – Gili Malinovitch, Ben-Gurion University, 2019

“The most amazing part of this program is the people. I made new best friends in a few days, I met amazing people from different backgrounds that are so different from me, but have so many similarities. The staff was nothing less than wonderful. I am one hundred percent sure that I will keep in touch with the students from Canada, and that we will continue to be friends, even though we are separated by an ocean.” - Tamar Raveh, Ben-Gurion University, 2019

“Throughout the program, the students all became very close, and by the end, all participants were truly like a family. Saying goodbye on the last day was very hard, but knowing that no matter what happens, we all shared something special as a group is so heartwarming. We are already thinking towards the future in hopes that we will have a reunion get together some day.” – Paige Small, Asper School of Business, 2019

“This program has without a doubt been one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. Without the contribution of The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation, this experience would not have been possible. Thank you for giving me and all of the other participants the chance to experience this unbelievable whirlwind of a month together, and to immerse ourselves in a culture from a part of the world we never would have known otherwise.” – Hayley Yamamoto, Asper School of Business, 2019