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 2022           5 SEPTEMBER, 2022 – 5 JANUARY, 2023

SPRING 2023     13 FEBRUARY, 2023 – 15 JUNE, 2023

Fall semester 2022

September 5                            First day of fall semester 2022
September 6-10                      Orientation including closed weekend
September 11                          Academic courses begin
September 24-25                   Rosh Hashanah holiday (no classes)
October 4-5                              Yom Kippur (no classes)
October 9                                  Eve of Sukkot holiday (Morning classes only. TBA)
October 10th                           Sukkot holiday (no classes)
October 11-14                         Chol Hamoed Sukkot (during Sukkot weekdays – classes as usual)
October 16                               Eve of Simchat Torah holiday (Morning classes only. TBA)
October 17                               Simchat Torah holiday (no classes)
October 25-27                        Semester Trip
November 16-17                    PLS trip
December 18-26                    Hanukah holiday- Classes as usual over Hanukah
December 25                          Christmas Day (no classes)
Dec 26-Jan 3                           Final exams
January 6, 2023                     Last day of Fall semester 2022