Spend a semester or year taking challenging and inspiring courses in Hebrew, in addition to choosing from a variety of courses taught in English.
Participate in one of BGU's academic specialty tracks of study: Global Health, Sustainable Development, Israel Studies, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Learn about Israel's history, landscape and diverse cultural traditions through OSP-sponsored excursions.
A recent survey conducted by Israel’s Council for Higher Education rated BGU the #1 university by Israeli undergraduate students, noted for its warm ambience and personal approach.
BGU is located in Beer-Sheva, Israel's fourth largest city, often called the capital of the Negev region. Tied to biblical times, Beer-Sheva’s history predates Abraham, making it one of the oldest cities in the world.
Today, Beer-Sheva is a growing city; its diverse population numbers 200,000. The Negev desert, which comprises 60 percent of Israel’s landmass but only eight percent of its population, is home to some 550,000 people, including 160,000 Bedouins.
Making your way around Beer-Sheva, you can witness the convergence of history with modernity in this beautiful desert city. In its Old City, you can visit Abraham's well, remains of a Byzantine church and remnants of buildings from the Ottoman period.
Israel’s largest cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, are easily accessible from Beer-Sheva. 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.
OSP alumni have reported that BGU’s location makes it ideal for exploring all parts of Israel both on your own and through OSP organized programs.
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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.
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
All semester/years students will enroll in a 6 week Ulpan (Hebrew-learning program) prior to the start of the semester (unless an exemption is received).
Students chose to study from a variety of English-taught courses in Jewish and Israel studies, environmental science, global health, political science, history, anthropology, and arts and literature.
Click here to access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.
Ben-Gurion University does not use a number system to signify course levels. Therefore, the numbers associated with courses will not indicate their level. It is important to get syllabi evaluated in advance to determine course level.
Credit & Grade Conversion Scale
Click here to view how credits and grades at Ben Gurion University will convert to ASU credits and grades.
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All students enrolled in the semester or year program of OSP live in BGU student dormitories, which are conveniently located within a two minute walk to campus and directly across from the University sports facility and the Beer-Sheva train station.
Unique among Israeli study abroad programs, you are placed with Israeli roommates, providing the opportunity to foster lasting friendships and become immersed in the “real” Israel.
Dormitories are divided into three or four person apartments with single bedrooms. Each bedroom contains a bed, desk/table, bookshelf, wardrobe/closet and chair, and each apartment includes a shared bathroom, kitchen, and dining area. Dormitories are fully heated and air-conditioned.
Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.
Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
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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.
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.
ASU Jewish studies offers scholarship, fellowship and grant opportunities to undergraduate students on an annual basis. Any of the scholarships can be used for airfare. More information about these scholarships can be found here.
*The ASU Study Abroad Office does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.
Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.