Type of Program: Semester
City: Beer-Sheva, Israel
When Offered:Fall or Spring
Cost: See Program Costs page

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. In the last 10 years, BGU's student population has tripled to more than 19,000. Its diverse student body hails from cities and villages all over Israel and includes native born Israelis, Jews and Arabs, including Bedouins, as well as new immigrants from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union and other countries.

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. You will live in dormitory apartments with Israeli students, providing you with the opportunity to practice your Hebrew and forge a genuine connection with Israelis.

*This video was produced, marketed, and borrowed from Ben-Gurion University.

You will also explore Israel on trips organized by the Overseas Student Program (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."

2016 Academic Dates
For dates of program please see:  http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Global/Pages/General/Calendars.aspx

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses.  Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence.  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply.

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines


For Study in Spring 2016

For Study in Fall 2016

Application and $500 deposit

September 25, 2015

February 26, 2016

Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.