Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

The academic year at the Arava Institute is divided into two semesters. The fall semester conventionally runs from September to January and the spring semester from February to 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.

CALENDAR FOR THE 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 ACADEMIC YEARS

SPRING 2024     5 FEBRUARY, 2024 – 6 JUNE, 2024

FALL 2024           2 SEPTEMBER, 2024 – 2 JANUARY, 2025

SPRING 2025     10 FEBRUARY, 2025 – 12 JUNE, 2025

Spring Semester 2024

February 5 Spring 2024 semester begins
February 5-9 Orientation
February 10 Classes begin
March 3-5 Semester trip
March 10 Beginning of Ramadan (Muslim holiday)
March 24 Purim (Jewish holiday)
March 31 Easter (Christian holiday)
April 9-12 Eid al-Fitr (Muslim holiday)
April 22-29 Passover (Jewish holiday) and semester break
May 6 Holocaust Memorial Day
May 12-15 Memorial days and Israeli Independence Day
June 6 Last day of semester

Fall Semester 2024

September 2 Fall 2024 semester begins
September 2-7 Orientation
September 8 Classes begin
October 3-4 Rosh Hashana, Jewish New Year
October 11-12 Yom Kippur (Jewish holiday)
October 16-17 Succoth (Jewish holiday)
October 24 Simchat Torah (Jewish holiday)
December 24 Hanukkah (Jewish holiday)
December 25 Christmas Day
January 2, 2025 Last day of semester

Spring Semester 2025

February 10 Spring 2025 semester begins
February 11-14 Orientation
February 16 Classes begin
February 28 Beginning of Ramadan (Muslim holiday)
March 14 Purim (Jewish holiday)
March 31 Eid al-Fitr (Muslim holiday)
April 12-19 Passover (Jewish holiday), and semester break
April 20 Easter (Christian holiday)
June 12 Last day of semester

*Some events may be subject to changes