Before arriving in Israel, all international students and interns must arrange appropriate travel and health insurance and provide policy information to the Admissions Coordinator.

  • In addition to the recommended health insurance coverage for international students, included in the fees for the Arava Institute program is an Israeli KUPAT HOLIM health insurance policy for non-Israelis.
  • This Kupat Holim 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 ambulance fees.
  • The Kupat Holim 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 in Kupat Holim hospitals only.
  • In the event that a medical need arises that is excluded by the KUPAT HOLIM 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.
  • All overseas students and interns (from outside the Middle East) must come with travel insurance. Please email a copy of your travel insurance policy to once it has been acquired.
  • Students planning to travel outside of Israel must come with their own travel insurance, as the Kupat Cholim insurance only covers care within Israel.

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Kibbutz Ketura
D.N. Hevel Eilot 88840, Israel 
TEL 972-8-6356618
FAX 972-8-6356634

Friends of the Arava Institute

1320 Centre Street, Suite 206
Newton Centre, MA 02459, USA
TEL 1-617-266-7100


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