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 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Academic Years


FALL SEMESTER 2017         10 SEPTEMBER 2017 – 11 JANUARY 2018
SPRING SEMESTER 2018     13 FEBRUARY 2018 – 14 JUNE 2018

detailed CALENDAR 2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR

Fall semester 2017

Aug. 7th-Sept. 5th:          Optional partner program: Green Apprenticeship

September 10                    Start of the fall 2017 semester

September 21-22              Rosh Hashanah-Jewish New Year Holiday (no classes)

September 29-30              Yom Kippur-Jewish Holiday (no classes)

October 5-6                        Sukkot-Jewish Holiday begins (no classes)

October 12-13                     Simchat Torah-Jewish Holiday (no classes)

December 13-20                Chanukah- Jewish Holiday begins

December 25                      Christmas Day Christian holiday (no classes)

December 31-January 8   Final exams

January 9-10                       Semester wrap-up

January 11                           Last day of semester

Jan. 14th-Feb. 9th             Optional Partner Program: Green Apprenticeship


14 January 2018 – 9 February 2018 (Course in English)

Spring semester 2018

February 13                         Start of spring semester 2018

February 13-17                   Orientation Program

February 18                         First day of class

March 1                                Purim -Jewish religious holiday

March 30-April 6               Passover vacation (no class)

April 12                                 Holocaust memorial days

April 18-19                           Israeli Remembrance day and                                                                                                          Independence day – National holiday (no class)

May 16                                  Start of Muslim Ramadan holiday ( No class )

May 20-21                            Shavuot – Jewish holiday no class

June 3-11                              Final exams

June 12-13                            Program wrap up

June 14                                  Last day of semester