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Environmental Sustainability in the Middle East: Challenges in the Southern Arava
Ketura, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 02/01/2015 03/10/2015 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
Class Eligibility:
1-First Year, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Maximum Credits Earned (per semester): 1.0
Program Description:

The four-week summer program will be offered in July, 2013.  The program will be directed by Dr. Uri Gordon of the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies, focusing on topics integral to understanding environmental issues in the region:

  • Desert Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Desert Geology and Geomorphology
  • Archaeology of the Southern Negev
  • Water Issues and Management
  • Sustainable Development in Arid Environments
  • Eco-Building and Organic Gardening
  • Environmental Ethics and Justice
  • Peace Building and Environmental Leadership

The curriculum uses environmental issues as a vehicle to examine and discuss the social and political challenges of the region, which are threaded throughout the curriculum to provide the context for the issues facing the region.  Key topics will be taught by experts in their field.  Dr. Gordon will weave together the various topics of sustainability in evening seminars with students.

In addition to the environmental curriculum of the Arava Institute, the program will consider the social and economic structure of kibbutz living and the history of the kibbutzim movement in Israel. To this end, students will conduct small group community based research projects related to the desert environment and community at Kibbutz Ketura and Lotan.

The format includes classroom and field sessions, and students get hands-on community experiences including mud-building projects, organic gardening and work in experimental orchards.


Excursions to Timna Valley Park, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Eilat are included.


Students live on the kibbutz and eat in the dining hall with kibbutz members and children, Arava In- stitute staff, volunteers and visitors. They use kibbutz facilities, such as the classroom, swimming pool, communal laundry and recycling facilities.

Program Cost

The comprehensive program fee is $5,600. Airfare is not included; however a group flight will be arranged. Primary medical and accident insurance purchased in the U.S. is not included.


Full room and board
Academic excursions
In-country transportation related to the academic program 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to eligible Dickinson students. Requests for financial aid must be submitted via the online application no later than February 1, 2013. Students from other institutions should inquire about financial aid possibilities at their home institution's financial aid office.


Students with a minimum 2.8 GPA are encouraged to apply. 

Application Deadline

Applications must be received no later than February 1, 2013. Late admission applications will be considered on a space available basis.Arava Desert



The course is offered for a letter grade and will count in your Dickinson GPA. Students from other institutions are advised to consult with their Registrar regarding credit transfer prior to applying to the program. The course is equivalent to one Dickinson credit or four semester hours. 


A $300.00 non-refundable confirmation payment will be approximately two weeks after notification of your acceptance. The balance of the program fee, less any applicable financial aid, will be billed in April for payment in early May.

Dickinson College is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Dickinson College is an intellectual and social community that values justice, free inquiry, diversity, and equal opportunity. It is a fundamental policy of Dickinson College to respect pluralism and to promote tolerance, civility, and mutual understanding within its community.