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

Fall semester 2021

September 12                         First day of fall semester 2021
September 12-18                   Orientation including closed weekend
September 15-16                   Eve of Yom Kippur and Yom Kippur (no activity)
October 19                              Classes begin
September 20                        Morning classes only (before Sukkot holiday)
September 21                         Sukkot holiday (no classes)
(during week of Chol Hamoed Sukkot – classes as usual)
September 27                        Morning classes only (before Simchat Torah holiday)
September 28                        Simchat Torah holiday (no classes)
October 17-18                        PLS trip
November 9-11                     Negev Trip
November 30-Dec 6            Hanukah holiday- Classes as usual over Hanukah
December 25                         Christmas Day (no classes)
December 26- January 3    Final exams
January 6, 2022                     Last day of Fall semester 2021

Spring semester 2022

February 15, 2022                  First Day of spring semester 2022
February 16-20                       Orientation
February 20                             Classes begin
February 26                             Purim holiday (classes as usual)
March 20-21                            PLS trip
April 2                                       Start of Ramadan (classes as ususal)
April 15-23                               Passover Vacation (no classes)
April 28                                    Holocaust Memorial day (classes as usual)
May 4                                        National Memorial Day (no classes)
May 5                                        National Independence Day (no classes)
May 2                                        Eid Al Fitr – End of Ramadan (no classes)
May 10-12                                Semester trip
June 5                                      Shavuot holiday (no classes)
June 6-13                                Final exams
June 10, 2022                        Last day of spring semester 2022