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           4 SEPTEMBER, 2023 – 4 JANUARY, 2024

SPRING 2024     5 FEBRUARY, 2024 – 6 JUNE, 2024

Spring Semester 2023

February 13 

Spring semester 2023 begins 

February 13-18 


February 19 

Academic classes begin 

March 6-7 

Purim – Jewish holiday (classes as usual)  

March 19-20 

Dialogue Forum Trip 

March 22 

Ramadan Begins 

March 26-30 

Expedition; Biodiversity of Sand Dunes  ( Elective course – not for everyone) 

April 5-13 

April 9 

Passover – Jewish holiday (no classes) 


April 18 

Holocaust Memorial Day (classes as usual) 

April 20-21 

Eid Al Fitr- Muslim holiday (no classes) 

April 20-26 

No classes 
(continued Eid Al Fitr, and Israeli national holidays; Memorial and Independence)  

April 30-May 2 

Semester Trip 

May 25 

Eve of Shavuot Jewish holiday (AM class only) 

June 1-12 

Final Exams 


Graduation Ceremony 

June 14 

Semester Wrap Up 

June 15 

Spring Semester 2023 ends 


*Some events may be subject to changes