Academic FAQs

What is the Arava Institute? What makes it special?

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is one of the leading environmental education and research programs in the Middle East. It houses academic programs in partnership with Ben Gurion University, internships, research, and international cooperation initiatives on a range of environmental concerns and challenges.

The study body at the Arava Institute is comprised of Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and students from around the world. By living and learning in this diverse environment, you’ll be able to build global networks with like-minded students and professors, while developing communication and leadership skills needed for cross-cultural cooperation.

What will I study at the Institute?

The academic program at the Arava Institute consists of:
• An interdisciplinary program comprised of courses in diverse environmental fields, including environmental sciences; environmental ethics; policy and economics; renewable energy; ecology; and sustainability.
• The Peace-building Leadership Seminar (PLS)
• The Environmental Leadership Seminar (EL)
• Optional independent research project of your choice as well as hands-on and field study components.
• Optional Hebrew course.

How long is the program?

Each semester at the Arava Institute spans over the course of four months. For exact program dates, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Will my credits from studying at the Arava Institute transfer to my current school?

Yes. Students receive transcripts from Ben Gurion University. Many North American Universities recognize credits from Ben Gurion. However, before applying, we encourage you to talk with your study abroad office to make sure that your credits will be accepted.

Can I apply for scholarships?

The Arava Institute offers full and partial scholarships to eligible Middle Eastern students. Many Middle Eastern students (Israelis, Arab-Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians) attending the Arava Institute come from backgrounds where educational funding is not available. The Scholarship Fund supports exceptional candidates in the semester program and ensures that different social and cultural groups are represented at the Institute.

Please write to for more information on how to apply for an Arava Institute scholarship.

Additionally, there are numerous external funding resources available to students from the around the world. Please click here to learn more about these opportunities.