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Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP)

Immerse yourself in a truly Israeli experience! The Overseas Student Program (OSP) of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) offers students the opportunity to enroll in...

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Global Health International Summer Program

The global health program at BGU provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that combines classes, professional field trips and practicum. We believe a

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summer Program

Israel leads in high-tech and start-ups per capita, with groundbreaking innovation in fields such as medical equipment, telecom, agriculture, energy, and many more. That’s...

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MA in Israel Studies

Israel is a democratic nation-state and its society is characterized by a wide range of cultures. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev represents and expresses this variety,...

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BA in Linguistics

The study of linguistics is the scientific examination of language. The aim of this study is to figure out one of the most important characteristics of the human brain: how...

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BA in Literature

In both teaching and research our department combines a strong emphasis on English and American literature and culture with a wider, comparative and interdisciplinary framework....

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Data Mining & Business Intelligence for Cyber Security

Data Mining and Business Intelligence focuses on automatic data analysis and the extraction of information and knowledge. Over the last few years, data mining has become

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Community

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    10

A great program, an excellent university and an amazing country

It is a great opportunity to explore Israel and especially get a deep understanding about Cyber Security. BGU is a great university located in the desert. There is a high-technology center near the university. In the 30-day program, we took courses on introduction of Cyber Security and how machine learning can be applied in Cyber Security. All the tutors are professional, patient and willing to help us. I got deep understanding and interested in such area. Also, I got great academic training here. ALso, there are two field tours during the program to help us to learn the latest problems raising in the real world. And OSP Coordinator organized two tours (Masada and Jerusalem) to help us know the history and culture of Israel. Besides, there are many activities held twice a week, like pub night, concert night, dancing night and so on. All the staff is so nice and willing to help us get to know Israel and try their best to offer us comfortable and colorful life. Besides cyber security program, there are much more excellent programs for you to explore!!! I really enjoy my days in BGU. I really appreciate every people here. You give me the wonderful experience here.Maybe more field tour would be better. And hold the resource fair in the first week so that I can have time to visit every department of the university.

Program: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP)

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10 / 10

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    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Be different ,be you,BGU

My experience at BGU was so magnificent that I can not forget it anymore.Learning on Global Health ,going sightseeing and making friends were really a wonderful experience.It was really a great chance for me to learn something about GH. Thanks to this program, I have leaned what is GH and how does it work. Thinking forward ,thinking in a global context and thinking critically are what we need to do .In addition, I learned how to cooperate with each other.We are expected to help each other.Without cooperation ,we can not do anything.And it was pretty delightful that there is a support system.BGU is different because this program is well organized and comprehensive. Professors, doctors and workers in OSP are really considerate and warmhearted.Choosing BGU is the best decision I have made this summer.

Program: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Wasn't my first choice, but glad I couldn't go to my first choice

Ben Gurion University (BGU) was not my first choice, so naturally Israel was not my first choice either. I was expecting to go to Istanbul and immerse myself at the junction connecting the continents of Asia and Europe, but oh my goodness am I glad that had not been an option for me.

Beer Sheva is not the most glamorous city in Israel, and BGU is certainly not the most prestigious school in Israel, but after all, I felt like I discovered exactly where I belong.

I do not wish to give you cliches, but the experience here was life-changing, and most importantly it was a life-changing experience shared with many, who I deemed as some of the most lovely people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have been to more than twenty countries scattered around all five continents of the world, so when I say life-changing, it is indeed life-changing.

You will have opportunities to take some engaging courses related to Israel and the region of the Middle East; you will get to enjoy some trips to different parts of the country to experience culture, arts, scenery and history; you will learn Hebrew, and even though it might be difficult, it can be a rewarding experience for years to come.

If you are coming from the developed world, then the living condition might be considered sub par to what you have been used to. However, life is sometimes way more than just enjoying the moment or numbing yourself with luxury and extravagance. The OSP program here in BGU offered me a brand-new pair of vision to see the world differently and shed new lights on my existing knowledge about the country and the Middle East, and for me, those are some of the things that can never be valued monetarily.

So I would like to thank everyone at the OSP office for this wonderful 7 months, and OSP, BGU, Beer Sheva and Israel will always have a place in my heart.

Program: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

I would do it again

I thoroughly enjoyed my summer in Israel. I learned so much about this country and the way they influence the business world. The classes were engaging and enriching. My favorite part of the trip was definitely visiting Google's campus in Tel Aviv. Truly an amazing opportunity!

Program: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summer Program

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

A Great Way to Experience Israel

The Overseas Student Program is the place for you if you want a great place to start to cultivate your own experiences and path in Israel. Located in Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva, attending this program will allow you to immerse yourself in the Negev, and if you're ready for a trip up north, you can easily do that too, as the trains and buses are close by. The faculty of the OSP are great, very friendly and welcoming and always willing to help. The teachers are some of the best in their fields and I was privileged to learn from them. The OSP courses are taught in English, however you could still sign up for regular BGU courses if you'd like. As an OSP student you can either live in the dorms or in an apartment off campus. Either way, you'd find yourself getting culturally immersed - fast. If you're looking for a program in Israel that is a good support system in any time of need, while providing the opportunity to learn Hebrew through intensive Ulpan (Hebrew language courses), and enhancing your knowledge in the areas of your expertise or expanding your horizons by taking the courses offered in Environmental Studies, Business, and Israeli Studies/Social Sciences, then I do think that the Overseas Student Program is a fantastic choice for people coming from all parts of the globe who want to experience Israel uniquely, not always in a touristy fashion. You won't regret making this choice, whether or not you have an easy or difficult time adapting to new surroundings. The OSP tries its best to make sure its students make as smooth of a transition as possible. Choosing to go to Israel was the best choice I made, and choosing the Overseas Student Program enhanced my experience.

Program: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP)

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