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This is the program brochure page.
  • Locations: Beer Sheva, Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


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   Quick Facts

  • Scholarship available for Summer 2020 to cover tuition costs & housing!
  • Spend 8 weeks participating in state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research as interns at The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
  • Participate in various social and cultural activities, unique to the Negev desert area
  • A recent survey conducted by Israel’s Council for Higher Education rated BGU the #1 university by Israeli undergraduate students, noted for its warm ambiance and personal approach.
  • Eligibility:  Students must be, at least, in their sophomore year when applying for the program.  Students must have a 3.0 G.P.A. and be a life-science, exact science or engineering major.
  • Students will need the following materials to apply: CV/Resume, academic recommendation letter, official transcript, and letter of motivation.


Beer Sheva, Israel


Location Details

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Sede Boqer Campus is located 30 miles south of Beer-Sheva adjacent to David Ben-Gurion’s grave site overlooking the majestic Zin Canyon; in the heart of the Negev desert. It is home to the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR).

The campus is integrated into the life of the local village of Midreshet Ben Gurion, which has a pizzeria, pool, bakery, falafel shop, and sandwich shop, as well as a mini market and gym among other services a few minutes walk from the campus.

Getting from Sede Boqer to Beer -Sheva provides easy access to Israel’s largest cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Modern, high-speed train service between Beer-Sheva and Tel Aviv takes a little over an hour, with service continuing to Haifa and the north.

Photos courtesy of BGU

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

During the this summer program, you will earn 6 credits of internship credit, as determined by an Internship Coordinator from an ASU academic department.  This will vary depending on the student’s research project.

Academic Opportunities
Credit Earned Credit earned will be determined by the student’s academic department.
-SOLS students will earn BIO 494.
Research Area Options
  • Agriculture
  • Plant Sciences
  • Aquaculture biotechnology
  • Microalgal biotechnology
  • Desalination and water treatment
  • Hyrdrology and environmental microbiology
  • Solar energy
  • Environmental physics
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Conservation
  • Wildlife management
Internship Requirements
  • Participate in active research in assigned lab for 5 days per week for 8 weeks
  • Attend weekly seminars
  • Submit final report of up to 10 pages
  • Participate in program symposium to orally present research
For more information view the program syllabus.
Course Levels, Credits & Grades
  BGU Summer Research ASU
Credit  6 credits  6 credits
Grades Student materials will be evaluated and graded by their Internship Coordinator at ASU.  All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.


BGU Students

BGU trip and excursion

Photos courtesy of BGU


BGU campus facilities

BGU Student housing

Program Housing

All students on this program will be accommodated for free in a nearby off-campus apartment located in a family -oriented neighborhood.

The apartments have a yard, courtyards, full kitchen for cooking, and do not allow alcohol.

Students will use laundromats located about 200 meters from the apartment.

Students may not opt for independent housing.

Photos courtesy of BGU

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Israel, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture. This includes cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entryways, and small indoor spaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Israel, students who identify as LGBTQIA should be aware of varying laws in Israel based on region of the country. In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, consensual same-sex sexual activity is criminalized but in other areas of Israel, the LGBTQIA community is protected by anti-discrimination laws.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Israel, female students should be prepared to dress modestly and avoid wearing revealing clothing (shorts, sleeveless blouses, and short skirts) when visiting holy sites.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • Summer 2019 allows for tuition and housing to be paid for this program automatically, if accepted by BGU.



Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.