Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

The academic year at the Arava Institute is divided into two semesters of approximately 15 weeks each. The fall semester conventionally begins in September/ October – January and the spring semester from February – June.

The Arava Semester/Study Abroad Program is a full time residential program. The academic week is from Sunday to Thursday. Classes typically meet twice a week for a period of 90 minutes. Periodically there are workshops or seminars on a weekend, either Friday or Saturday.


Academic Calendar for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Academic Years

Fall Semester 2016         18 September 2016 – 12 January 2017
Spring Semester 2017     14 February 2017 – 15 June 2017

Fall Semester 2016

September 12 Masa students – Hebrew Ulpan
September 13 Eid Al Adha Muslim Religious Vacation ( no class )
September 18 First Day of Semester
September 18-23 Orientation Program
September 25 First Day of Classes
October 2-4 Rosh Hashana- Jewish New Year Vacation ( no class )
October 11-12 Yom Kippur Jewish Religious Vacation ( no class )
October 16-17 Sukkoth Jewish Religious Vacation ( no class )
October 23-24 Simchat Torah Jewish Religious Vacation ( no class )
December 24 Christmas Eve First Night of Hanukah
December 25 Christmas Day ( no class )
January 2-9 Final Exams
January 12 Last Day of Semester

Spring semester 2017

February 14 First Day of Semester
February 14-18 Orientation Program
February 19 First Day of Class
March 12 Purim Jewish Religious Holiday
April 9-17 Passover Vacation ( no class )
April 24 Holocaust Memorial Day
May 1 Israeli Remembrance Day ( no class )
May 2 Israeli Independence Day ( no class )
May 27 Start of Ramadan holiday ( no class )
June 4-12 Final Exams
June 13-15 Program Wrap-Up
June 15 Last Day of Semester