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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|NOTE: These dates are tentative and subject to change|
|Language of Instruction:||Arabic, English, Hebrew||Class Eligibility:||2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior (fall only)|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Housing Options:||Dorms|
|Maximum Credits Earned (per semester):||5.0||Academic Area of Study:||American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Earth Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Hebrew, History, International Business and Management, International Studies, Judaic Studies, Law and Policy, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Security Studies, Sociology|
|Foreign Laguage Prerequisite:||2 semesters of Hebrew|
Beer Sheva is Israel's fourth largest city and one of the oldest cities in the world. Located in the Negev desert, Beer Sheva has a rich history and unique cultural blend. The influences of various cultures can be seen both in the historic Old City and in the markets and cafes in the newer sections of the city. The city is a microcosm of Israel's overall population. The beautiful scenery surrounding Beer Sheva beckons students to hike and explore nearby desert flats, sand dunes and deep canyons that stretch for dozens of kilometers. Israel's largest cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, are easily accessible via high-speed train service.
Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is a diverse academic environment thatattracts Israelis, Jews and Arabs, including Bedouin, as well as immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. The university was founded in 1969 to promote 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 is science, research and development. In a recent survey, BGU was voted the #1 university by Israeli students, noted for its warm ambience and personal approach. BGU boosts an active student life.
Dickinson students begin their studies at BGU with an intensive, six week Hebrew language ulpan held prior to the semester. During the semester, students have the opportunity to enroll in a wide-range of liberal arts coursework taught in English in a diverse residential campus environment. Students may also pursue independent study with a professor at BGU. Several themed semester programs are also available including "Peace Studies and Regional Security", "Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice", and "Health Sciences." Several intriguing community service projects are also available to students to encourage interaction with fellow students and the community.
The Overseas Student Program Office (OSP) at BGU sponsors a wide variety of extracurricular activities with the goal of introducing students to the people, culture and geography of Israel. In addition to lectures, film screenings and pot-luck dinners, approximately once a month, OSP staff offer trips to sites of interest throughout Israel. A "Walkabout Club" was recently created to encourage students to explore the Negev desert.
Students are housed in dormitories with Israeli roommates to foster friendships and integration into campus life. Dorms are within walking distance to campus and offer many conveniences including computer labs, a mini-market, laundry facilities, student lounges and cafes. Students prepare their own meals in a dormitory kitchen or can dine at the campus cafeteria. There are many restaurants within walking distance of the dorms where students can enjoy "authentic" Israeli cuisine. Dickinson students will receive a board credit of $2440 on their Dickinson student account in lieu of a board plan in Israel. It is expected that you will use the excess money available to you for your food expenses while studying abroad. Please note that no routine food stipends will be dispersed in Israel; you must plan to have access to these funds for your food purchases while studying abroad.
tuition and fees
room and board
pre-departure and on-site orientations
The program fee does not include primary health insurance, airfare, optional travel, personal expenses, books or supplies.
Two semesters of Hebrew strongly recommended
David Commins, On-Campus Coordinator
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1015