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.


SPRING 2023     13 FEBRUARY, 2023 – 15 JUNE, 2023

FALL 2023           5 SEPTEMBER, 2023 – 4 JANUARY, 2024

SPRING 2024     5 FEBRUARY, 2024 – 10 JUNE, 2024

Fall Semester 2023

September 5

Fall 2023 semester begins 

September 5-9


September 16-17Rosh Hashana: Jewish New Year (no class)

September 24 

Eve of Yom Kippur: Jewish Holiday (no class)
September 25

 Yom Kippur: Jewish Holiday (no class)

October 1-6 

Succoth: Jewish Holiday (classes as usual)
December 7-14Hannukah

December 24 

Christmas Eve (no class)
December 25

Christmas Day (no class)

January 4Last day of the semester



*Some events may be subject to changes