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Israel: Beer Sheva


Immerse Yourself... participate in a truly Israeli experience. As a student of the Overseas Student Program, surround yourself with the culture, society, and people of Israel. The Overseas Student Program (OSP) of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev offers qualified students the opportunity to enroll in semester or year programs. The university setting in Beer-Sheva is ideal for studying Hebrew and learning about Israel from within. Living in the university dorms encourages interaction with Israeli students and the campus community. The OSP flexibly combines coursework in English with hands-on experience though community internships and individual research projects with BGU faculty. Whether you prefer spending hours in a biology lab, teaching English to Bedouin children, or exploring the delicate ecology of the Negev with desert scientists, the OSP will help design an internship or research project to suit your particular interests. Start off the year with a six week intensive Hebrew Language Ulpan followed by an optional kibbutz stay. Spend your winter break on an archeological dig, discovering Israel's ancient history and hidden treasures. Throughout the semester, join your fellow students on action packed trips around Israel. See the ancient stones of Jerusalem, snorkel along the coral reefs of Eilat, climb Masada at dawn and go tubing down the Jordan River. Experience Israel now... at Ben-Gurion University's Overseas School Program.


Living Accommodation: Overseas Student Program participants live with Israeli students in the BGU dormitories and take part in all of BGU's regular social and cultural activities. Most of the dormitories are divided into apartments with single and double bedrooms. While the program cannot guarantee single rooms, preference is given to participants in the year program. Each apartment has a bathroom and small kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, gas burners, sink, storage area and a dining area. Each student will have a bed, desk/table, bookshelf, wardrobe/closet and chair. The apartments are not air conditioned. During the winter, each student is provided with a portable heater. Most apartments are equipped with private phone lines. The Overseas Student Program sponsors its own full schedule of tours and extra-curricular activities each semester. Students are led by expert tour guides on trips to several Israeli sights, including the Gallilee, the Judean Desert, Eilat and Jerusalem. Participation in these tours and activities is mandatory as they are a vital feature of your stay in Israel. The OSP also organizes holiday celebrations and occasional pot-luck dinners.


Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Academic Year


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Minimum Education

High School

Subject Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Business Admin. & Management
  • Communications
  • Comparative Literature
  • Conflict Studies
  • Conservation And Preservation
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Management Systems / Policy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • Global Jewish Policy
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Jewish Studies
  • Languages / Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science/politics
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Women's Studies

Cost in US$:

Please contact the program

Program Fees Include:

Costs vary depending on term and program. Some scholarship and financial aid is available.

Experience Required


Typical Living Arrangements

  • Dormitory

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

BGU offers financial aid based scholarships. Please contact the New York office to learn more about this financial aid opportunity or for suggestions of other scholarship options.

Application Process Involves

  • Letters of Reference
  • Physical Exam/Health Records
  • Transcript
  • Written Application

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network