The Arava Institute is at the forefront of environmental studies and research in the Middle East. Students at the Arava Institute explore a range of environmental issues from an exceptional trans-boundary and interdisciplinary perspective. Under the guidance of leading environmental professionals and researchers, students maintain a full course-load in environmental studies including environmental ethics, policy, ecology, water management in the Middle East and sustainable agriculture.
In line with the Arava Institute’s mission to generate capacity building for conciliation, cooperation and environmental change, all students participate in a weekly Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminar. In this seminar students engage in dialogue exploring issues of culture, religion, identity, and the current political situation, while developing competencies in intercultural understanding and empathy.
The Arava Institute offers students an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in a cross-cultural environment with others who are equally passionate about building a more sustainable future. Our student body is comprised of approximately one third Jewish Israeli; one third Arab, including Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli Arab; and one third international students, primarily from North America. In this multicultural setting, students form connections and develop skills that enable them to lead their communities in addressing today’s most pressing environmental challenges after they leave the Institute.
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Semester/Study Abroad Program The Arava Institute offers a university-level, interdisciplinary study abroad program where participants receive a cutting-edge environmental education and take part in the regional peace-building process with students from all over the world. The Program At the Arava Institute, students can study forRead More >
Masters Program The Arava Institute provides an opportunity to study for a Masters Degree in a program offered by the Albert Katz International School (AKIS) at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. The program provides students with theRead More >
Minor Program The Arava Institute, in cooperation with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), offers a minor in Environment and Society to Israeli undergraduate students. The courses in the minor program are recognized and approved by the Geography and Environmental Development Department at BGU. TheRead More >