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 2020            7 SEPTEMBER, 2020 – 6 JANUARY, 2021

SPRING SEMESTER 2021      8 FEBRUARY, 2021 – 9 JUNE, 2021

Spring semester 2020

February 10          Start of spring 2020 semester
February 10-14    Orientation
February 15           Classes begin
March 8-9               Peace- Building Leadership (PLS) trip
March 10                 Purim (Jewish Holiday)
March 22-24          Spring Semester trip
April 8-18                Passover break (No class- semester break)
April 20                    National Holocaust Memorial Day
April 24                    Start of Ramadan
April 28                    Yom Hazikaron: Remembrance Day
April 29                    Yom HaAtzmaut: Independence Day
May 23-24               Eid Al Fitr (End of Muslim Ramadan holiday)
May 28-29               Shavuot (Jewish holiday)
June 10                    End of spring 2020 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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