Academic Program Policies
Whether you are a prospective student or already enrolled for a future semester, we are excited that you are interested in the Arava Institute’s academic program! Please see below for academic policies by which all students are expected to abide.
- Each student is expected to register for 4 or 5 courses (12 – 15 credits), including at least one compulsory interdisciplinary course. All students are required to participate in the Peace-building Leadership Seminar (PLS), a non-credit course.
- All necessary reading material will be provided online.
- Course registration will take place during orientation. Students choose courses with the help of academic advisors. If you or your university needs to see syllabi or other academic information in advance, we will send you the information as required.
- On completing the semester students will receive official transcripts from academic institutions. You will be asked to provide us the address of the school where you would like your transcripts to be sent on completion of the semester. A copy of the transcript will be sent to your home as well. For more information and/or to acquire additional transcripts, please refer to the transcript section on our website.
- It is not possible for students to leave early and have exams adjudicated elsewhere including at other academic institutions
- This is a full-time program with a weekly schedule of courses and activities scheduled Sunday through Thursday.
- Please check the academic calendar for your semester’s dates. You are expected to be present for the full duration of the program, including orientation and wrap-up.
- You are expected to attend all lectures and activities. You can have up to 2 unexplained absences in each course without this affecting your evaluation; further absences will result in a deduction of points per class missed.
- The semester program includes a fun and meaningful Campus Life Program of activities including student clubs, organized group activities, workshops, and twice-a-month Village Councils to discuss together the campus community experience. Attendance at these activities is an integral part of your participation in the program.
- All participants are expected to attend the weekly Peace-building Leadership Seminar (PLS) dialogue sessions.
- In addition to day trips in many of the academic classes, there are two semester trips that all participants will attend:
- Negev Trip (Fall Semester)/Water Trip (Spring Semester)
- Peace-building Leadership Seminar Trip in Jerusalem
In general your weekends are free. There may occasionally be weekend workshops scheduled during the semester. In this event, the dates will be announced well in advance and your attendance will be expected.