Academic Calendar

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. 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.


FALL 2020 PROGRAM           11 NOVEMBER, 2020 – 8 JANUARY, 2021

SPRING SEMESTER 2021      8 FEBRUARY, 2021 – 10 JUNE, 2021

Fall 2020 Program

In response to global COVID-19-related restrictions, an alternative 2-months immersive program will be run, consisting of four accredited courses and additional campus life programming. For more information please contact Cathie Granit.

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 11