For Accepted Students & Interns

Information for Accepted Students & Interns

Congratulations and welcome! As you set off for your once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Arava Institute we want you to feel as prepared as possible. Below you will find information on key pre-departure information. For further questions on these, or any other pre-departure topics, please contact admissions@friendsofarava.org.

Visa

All students from the US and Europe accepted to the Arava Institute must arrange for an Israeli student visa while in their home country. Palestinian and Jordanian students have a different process and will be provided guidance at the time of acceptance.

How to apply for a student visa for International students:

  • Students are required to contact the nearest Israeli Consulate office to arrange for a Student A-2 Multiple-Entry visa for one year. It is advised to do this two months prior to coming to Israel.
  • You must confirm in advance with the Israeli Consulate office which personal documents you will need to submit.
    1. The Arava Institute will provide you with an official acceptance letter, which you will need to submit to the consulate.
    2. MASA students should bring to the consulate, in addition, any MASA documents that have been received.
    3. It is recommended that you make yourselves an extra copy of all documents submitted to the consulate.
    4. Students who are Israeli citizens and/or hold Israeli passports must arrange for their own Israeli army release documents according to Israeli law prior to arrival.

Upon arrival to Israel you will also receive an entry card, which you must keep for the duration of your trip.

Health Care

The Arava Institute provides a local Israeli medical insurance coverage for all of our students. However, US and other international students are required to have additional travel and health insurance to cover you for the entire program period. All international students must come with travel insurance.

The Israeli Medical Coverage policy covers the most common cases of our students’ needs: illness, accidents and hospitalization if needed. The policy does not cover: preexisting conditions, dental care, terminal illnesses, or issues relating to pregnancy; or fees for medication of any kind (there is a discount), or fees for ambulance.

The policy is a basic medical insurance plan that covers treatment in the infirmary at the local regional clinic at Yotvata (a 10-minute drive away) and elsewhere within the State of Israel. It also covers hospitalization at preselected hospitals.

In the event that a medical need arises that is excluded by the local medical policy, such as a pre-existing condition or prescriptions, students will be required to make direct payment – in this case insurance from the student’s home country may enable the student to recover those funds.

Money

security deposit

All students are required to pay a $120 security deposit, which is paid during the first week of semester. Students are required to bring a check payable to the “Arava Institute.” The check will be held as security and returned to students at the end of the semester if all check out conditions are meet.

In addition to the security deposit, students should bring some money for extra spending, including trips to town, weekend traveling, and day-to-day shopping at the kibbutz store.

BANK ISSUED DEBIT CARDS

We recommend this as probably the cheapest and most efficient way to arrange finances. You can access money from your bank account from automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Israel, provided that they are on the same network. The most common international network on ATMs in Israel is Cirrus. Please note: if your personal identification number is more than 4 digits, it will not work in Israeli ATMs. The closest ATM is 10 minutes drive at the Yotvata shopping center.

CREDIT CARDS

Major credit cards such as MasterCard, and Visa are widely accepted in Israel and American Express cards are also accepted but less frequently. MasterCard and Visa cards can be used to withdraw money from Israeli banks.

In an emergency, you can wire money to your student in Israel. If you need to wire money, contact Uri Nusinow and he will give you the instructions.