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  • Locations: Be'er Sheva, Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Miami University applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Course(s) Available In: Hebrew Program Type: Approved
Study Abroad Advisor: Erin Brandyberry, Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Ryan Dye
Program Description:

The Overseas Student Program (OSP) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) invites you to take the road less traveled and experience Israel as never before. Raise your expectations and participate in a truly unique immersive study abroad program.

As an international student at BGU you will study the Hebrew language, in addition to choosing from a variety of courses taught in English, designed to enhance and connect with your experience in Israel. To complement your academic studies, you will be encouraged to participate in internships or 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. You will also explore Israel on trips organized by the 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."

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

BGU was created in 1969 to transform the Negev. Named after David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, BGU follows in the footsteps of his vision to make the desert bloom. Today, more than thirty five years later, BGU is Israel's fastest growing institution of higher education, with an international reputation for innovative research, a modern 21st century campus and a dynamic student body. BGU remains true to its founding purpose by actively promoting hi-tech industry, agriculture, 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.

In the last ten years, BGU's student population has tripled to 17,000. Its diverse student body hails from cities and villages all over Israel and includes native born Israelis, Jews and Arabs, including Bedouin, as well as new immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union.

BGU is a known favorite among students and it is easy to understand why. A recent survey conducted by Israel's Council for Higher Education, rated BGU the #1 university by Israeli students, noted for its warm ambience and personal approach. Not only do students from around the country come to BGU for academic opportunities, but also for its dynamic campus atmosphere. Students enjoy life on and off campus, with a variety of daily activities planned by student clubs and organizations. The OSP encourages its students to take advantage of BGU's active student life.

Beer-Sheva

BGU is located in Beer-Sheva, Israel's fourth largest city, situated in the Negev desert. Tied to events of biblical times, Beer-Sheva's history predates Abraham, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Today, Beer-Sheva is known as the 'capital of the Negev' and is a growing city whose diverse population has grown in the last few decades to close to 200,000.

Making your way around Beer-Sheva, you can witness the convergence of history with modernity in this beautiful desert city. In its Old City, you can visit Abraham's well, remains of a Byzantine church and remnants of buildings from the Ottoman period. In the newer sections, there are cultural institutions and commercial arenas, such as a Center for the Arts, an internationally renowned chamber orchestra, local theaters, shopping malls, movie theaters, cafes, restaurants, pubs and dance clubs.

Israel's largest cities, Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, are easily accessible from Beer-Sheva. Modern, high-speed train service between Beer-Sheva and Tel-Aviv takes a little over an hour, with service continuing to Haifa and the north. The university train station is across the street from the dorms and only a three minute walk from campus and Jerusalem is only an hour and a half ride away by shared taxi or bus. OSP alumni have reported that BGU's location makes it ideal for exploring all parts of Israel both on your own and through OSP organized programs.