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Study Abroad Advisor:
Erin Brandyberry, Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Ryan Dye
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.