Academic Calendar

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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.


FALL 2021           12 SEPTEMBER, 2021 – 6 JANUARY, 2022

SPRING 2022     15 FEBRUARY, 2022 – 15 JUNE, 2022

Spring semester 2021
February 8-19              Quarantine for international students (if required. For questions please contact the Admissions Coordinator.)
February 22                  First day of Spring Semester
February 22-24           Orientation
February 25-26           Purim (Jewish Holiday)

March 28-5 April         Passover Vacation (No class)
April 8                             National Holocaust memorial day
April 12                           Start of Ramadan
April 14                           National Memorial Day (No class)
April 15                           National Independence Day (No class)
May 12                            Eid Al Fitr – End of Ramadan (No class)
June 10, 2021              Last day of spring semester 2021

Fall semester 2021

September 12, 2021                First day of fall semester 2021
September 12-14                      Orientation
September 15-16                      Yom Kippur holiday
September 19                           Classes begin
September 20-21                     Sukkot holiday
September 27-28                     Simchat Torah holiday
October 17-18                           PLS trip
November 9-11                         Negev Trip
November 30-December 6    Hanukkah holiday
December 25                            Christmas Day
December 26- January 3       Final exams
January 6, 2022                      Last day of Fall semester 2021