Glocal is an interdisciplinary 18-month graduate program offered by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
We translate academic research into a practical understanding of community development - an approach empowering communities in need across the world to prosper and succeed. 


Why Glocal?

​4-month field internship​

​Alumni network of 200+ Individuals around the world​

​Study at the highest-ranked university in Israel​

​Specialization Tracks​

​Optional Research Track​

​Multicultural student body​

What They Are Saying About Us

Genevive Estacaan

Genevive Estacaan

The Philippines

For my internship, I joined Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) in Arua, West Nile Region, northern Uganda. I also teamed up with a Ugandan Artist and a South Sudanese refugee; together, we published a children’s storybook called Asiteza (Take Heart), which aims to promote peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities in the West Nile. This project was made possible through the GLOCAL Internship grant. 

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Aia Khalaily


The experience I gained throughout my internship in Ecuador with both refugees and women’s empowerment, together with the academic knowledge that I gained in Glocal, has widened my horizons and provided me with practical and theoretical skills to share with the world.

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Zoë Mason


During my internship in Tanzania, I gained confidence in professional leadership, project management, and leading diverse workshops. The experience, through both academic and field exposure, allowed me to focus my interest within the vast field of development.


Solomon Mbubi


I was looking for a program that would avail me not only with knowledge but also practical life experience in dealing with the current challenges of poverty and inequalities. I am glad a friend who is an alumnus of Glocal recommended this program and I have no regrets.


Sarah Danby


I’ve enjoyed the broad range of development topics, especially the chance to pursue the particular areas of interest for me - health and refugees - through the supplementary modules. The internship has really helped me to decide on the direction I want to take after Glocal. It has shaped my thoughts about what kind of role I see myself in, as well as given me valuable contacts to help me achieve this vision.

Allen Makabayi

Allen Makabayi


I chose Glocal because I wanted to understand the theories that explain development. I have created new friendships and a network that continues to be valuable in both my academic life and on a personal level.

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Ben Morag

Ben Morag


For me, the program turned out to be super-practical - I literally learned about a theory on a Monday and implemented it in my community on the next Thursday. Moreover, it is both diverse (people from at least 10 nations and many different professional backgrounds) and very personal (there’s always someone there to listen to your request or problem, and to figure it out together with you).


Luke Zeller


A lot of people told me that the Hebrew University was the best university in Israel. The professors are incredibly accessible. In terms of classes, there’s great discussion – they really want to involve you. It’s a really good environment to learn in.


Nour Abu Ghosh


During my internship, I gained a better understanding of international advocacy and how local events impact the international platform, as well as how to use this as a tool for development.

Each cohort consists of some 25-30 students from around the world, and from diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds. With this diversity, students enrich and deepen the learning process of their peers and build meaningful relationships

Glocal Experience

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“House Visit”: Providing Medical Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

Ronnie-Lee Sneh

Homelessness, already a significant challenge in urban areas has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Homelessness is often accompanied by poor health, which together feeds a cycle of vulnerability and increased pressure on health care resources. Street Medicine, taking adapted healthcare services to the homeless, provides a bridge between the street and hospitals—improving outcomes and strengthening service delivery to a vulnerable population.


Urban Development in Ramallah: Between Now and Then, a Vanishing Childhood Memory

Ahmed Yasin

Ramallah today is a product of its history—not only centuries of continuous habitation, but also the reality of occupying and economic forces ignoring the needs of its population. Ahmed Yasin argues that urban development must be tied to local history—and the knowledge of the city’s inhabitants is an important asset in this case.

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