• Nature Knows No Borders
    The Arava Institute is the premier environmental studies and research program in the Middle East.
  • Peace-building is integral to
    identifying long-term solutions
    Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and students from around the globe emerge as friends and colleagues.
  • Environmental leadership means
    building trust and acting together
    Over 800 alumni are creating transboundary solutions to the region’s toughest environmental challenges.

Arava Institute Research & Development Centers

  • The Center for
    Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation

  • The Center for
    Trans-boundary water management

  • The Center for
    Sustainable Agriculture

  • The Center for

  • The Arava Center
    for sustainable development

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies offers a life-changing academic program that brings students together using environmental study as a shared goal. At the Arava Institute students learn the essential skills required for becoming future environmental leaders.

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Student Profile


Omar is a Palestinian from Hebron. One of many siblings, Omar has a Bachelor of Science in Education and worked as a science teacher prior to attending the Arava Institute. The atmosphere of acceptance at the Arava Institute left an impression on Omar who stated, “The people there are special. Everyone was equal. Everyone was the same.” He added that prior to studying at the Arava Institute, “I didn’t know Jewish people or have Jewish friends. Now, because of Arava, two of my best friends are Jewish.”

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Alumni Profile


Alana has been passionate about environmental studies, especially water issues, for years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland and trained to be a wild-land firefighter. While studying abroad at the Arava Institute in the spring of 2009, Alana refined her dream to work on trans-boundary water issues. “Arava was probably the single most influential experience of my life,” she says.

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