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Beer-Sheva, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Be'er Sheva, known as the capital of the Negev desert, is one of Israel’s biggest cities. Its location on the main trading road junction between East and West and its availability of water has contributed to its importance throughout history. The Old City is home to Abraham’s well and ancient remains, and the new city contains a wealth of cultural institutions, a center for the arts, shopping malls, movie theaters, opera, restaurants and dance clubs. It also hosts Israel’s largest Bedouin market. Less than an hour away are the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Mitzpeh Ramon, and Masada. Here, modern and ancient collide.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Ben-Gurion University website. In addition to the regular classes Ben-Gurion also offers special track programs in the following content areas: Sustainable Development, Global Health, Israel Studies, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
BGU also offers internship and research opportunities to visiting students in a number of different fields. For more information please visit the BGU Internship and Volunteering web page.
Students are required to enroll in an Ulpan, an intensive, six-week immersive Hebrew language course held prior to the fall and spring semesters. This six credit course is mandatory for all study abroad semester and year students prior to their period of study at BGU.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Ben-Gurion University and Rutgers University. Students are required to enroll in the Ulpan (6 credits) and a minimum of 4 other courses (2-4 credits per course) during the regular semester. The credit translation system between Ben-Gurion University and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at Ben-Gurion University will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early August – Late December
Spring Semester: Early January – Late June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the BGU web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
BGU places visiting students in on-campus dormitories with Israeli students as roommates. For more information about living on-campus at Ben-Gurion, please visit the BGU web page.
Meal plans are not available at BGU. The dormitories will have shared kitchen facilities, so students are able to prepare their own meals.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Rutgers Study in Israel Scholarships- A limited number of scholarships are available to all Rutgers students through the Jewish Studies department. For more information please visit the Jewish Studies Department website.
Ginsburg-Ingerman Scholarship- Scholarships and financial aid are available to students in both the year and semester programs through the Ginsburg-Ingerman Scholarship Program. Scholarship awards are based on economic need. Notification of awards will be made after acceptance to the program. Award amounts are usually in the $1000-$4000 range. For more information please visit the BGU website.
MASA Grant- Available to all Jewish undergraduate students participating in a MASA-affiliated program. For more information please visit the MASA website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.