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 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
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