Academic Calendar

The Arava Institute is at the forefront of environmental studies and research in the Middle East.

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.


FALL SEMESTER 2019     9 SEPTEMBER 2019 – 8 JANUARY 2020

SPRING SEMESTER 2020     10 FEBRUARY 2020 – 10 JUNE 2020


Fall semester 2019

September 9 , 2019          First day of fall 2019 semester   

September 29 -1 October          Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). No class.                    

October  8-9                             Yom Kippur ( Jewish Holiday) No class. 

October  13-14                         Succoth ( Jewish Holiday) No class.

October 20-21                          Simchat Torah ( Jewish Holiday). No class. 

December 22                            Chanukah ( Jewish Holiday) begins     

December 25                            Christmas day       (No class)

December 29 – January 6          Final Exams

January 8, 2020                         Last day of fall 2019 semester


*Partner program of the Center for Creative Ecology at Kibbutz Lotan* The Green Apprenticeship is an intensive 4 week course in Permaculture design with hands-on, practical work in organic agriculture, natural building with earth & straw, and sustainable technologies that you can build yourself. Permaculture is an ethical and holistic design tool for radically efficient engineering of human settlements and caring for the environment. Join the family of Arava Institute graduates who came to Lotan to live and have fun in the strawbale domes, grow healthy food, sculpt buildings and filled their toolbox with valuable techniques.

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