Academic Calendar


*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.

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.


SPRING SEMESTER 2019     12 FEBRUARY 2019 – 13 JUNE 2019

Spring semester 2019

February 12                          Start of spring 2019 semester

March 20-21                        Purim (No class)

April 19-26                           Passover vacation (No class)

May 1                                     Holocaust memorial day

May 5                                     Start of Ramadan (No class)

May 8                                     Yom Hazikaron: Remembrance Day (No class)

May 9                                     Yom HaAtzmot: Independence Day (No class)

June 5                                    End of Muslim Ramadan holiday

June 9                                    Shavuot (No class)

June 13                                  Last day of spring 2019 semester

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