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About the Program
BGU was created in 1969 to transform the Negev, the large desert region in the southern part of Israel. Named after David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, BGU is dedicated to fulfilling his vision to make the desert bloom with agriculture, science, technology and innovation. Today, some 40 years later, BGU is Israel’s fastest growing institution of higher education, most sought after by students and faculty alike, with an international reputation for multidisciplinary research, a modern 21st century campus and a dynamic student body. BGU remains true to its founding purpose by actively promoting high-technology, desert preservation, water resource management, alternative energy, international health services and education in the Negev region, while also building bridges of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors through initiatives in science, research and development.
As an international student at BGU, you will study Hebrew language, in addition to choosing from a variety of courses taught in English that are designed to enhance and connect with your experience in Israel.
To complement your academic studies, you will be encouraged to participate in volunteer service, which will deepen your knowledge and exposure to Israel and its people.
Be'er-Sheva has an extensive history, covering over 6,000 years. The modern city was built by immigrants who came to Israel from some 70 countries throughout the world, and to this day it is populated by a broad variety of different communities. Be'er-Sheva was first declared a city in 1906, and in 1977 it was granted its municipal status. Still rapidly expanding, the industry and university hub of Be'er Sheva (Beersheba) is the major city in the Negev. Now known as the opportunity capital of Israel, Be’er Sheva consistently attracts entrepreneurs and academics working in a variety of fields, such as technology and real estate development. The fourth largest metropolis is Israel, Be'er-Sheva has about 214,500 residents and provides services to approximately 600,000 residents living in the metropolitan area as a whole. City residents benefit from a thriving and developing university, with roughly 30,000 students, including 8,000 undergraduates in the fields of engineering, the highest rate of students study engineering in the entire country.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- completion of two semesters of Hebrew or Arabic
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Communication, English, Environmental Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Development, Jewish Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre
Ben-Gurion University boasts an outstanding international reputation in multi-disciplinary academics and research. OSP students will be exposed to many of the top instructors at the University through a variety of courses taught in English. Topics vary from anthropology, environmental studies and political science to global health and Israel studies. Students may sample from a variety of disciplines or focus in on one of four concentrated study tracks.
Hebrew language studies are also emphasized, as the key to unlocking Israeli culture and society. Coursework is enhanced by a variety of volunteer opportunities and educational excursions, all of which combine to provide a tremendously rich academic experience.
The semester and year-long programs are designed for college students seeking a formative academic period of study in Israel. All semester/years students will enroll in a 6 week Ulpan (Hebrew-learning pro-gram) prior to the start of the semester. Students then chose to study from a variety of English-taught courses in a number of academic disciplines that are offered in English by departments. These offerings change from semester to semester.
As a visiting international student at Ben-Gurion University, you will have access to all of the services and support mechanisms right alongside degree-seeking students. These services include orientation programming, academic guidance, and social engagement opportunities through clubs, societies and the BGU Student Union. In addition to serving as the home for BGU’s societies, clubs and sports groups, the Student Union also hosts concerts, parties and a number of student trips around the region. These trips can be a safe, efficient way for international students to travel throughout the area!
To complement your academic studies in Israel, BGU encourages you to participate in volunteer service or a for-credit academic research internship, which will deepen your knowledge and exposure to Israel and its people. You will also explore Israel on trips organized by OSP, where you will learn about the country’s history, landscape and diverse traditions. Finally, as a student at BGU, you will become a part of the University’s vibrant student body and gain a deep understanding of Israeli life from the “inside.”
All students enrolled in the semester or year program of OSP live in BGU student dormitories, which are conveniently located within a two minute walk to campus and directly across from the University sports facility and the Beer-Sheva train station. Unique among Israeli study abroad programs, you are placed with Israeli roommates, providing the opportunity to foster lasting friendships and become immersed in the “real” Israel.
As there is no inclusive meal plan at BGU, many students find it convenient, as well as inexpensive, to cook meals in their dorm-apartments. Kitchenware, cooking equipment eating utensils, linens, blankets and pillows are not provided in the apartments but can be purchased at reasonable prices. Often Israeli roommates have already furnished the apartments with many of these items.
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Contact Past Participants
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