- Beersheba, Israel
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester
- Program Description:
The Overseas Student Program (OSP) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) offers students the opportunity to experience a unique study abroad program that combines academic excellence and cultural immersion. Students take their courses in English and take Hebrew language to help them acclimate into local society. All study abroad participants live in on-campus dorms with local Israeli students and have access to the vibrant student life of the BGU campus. Community engagement and volunteerism are integral parts of the campus culture and study abroad students are highly encouraged to get involved. Academic research and independent study options are also available.
The Overseas Student Program (OSP) is designed for college students seeking a unique academic experience in Israel. Students study Hebrew language (no background necessary) and choose the remaining courses from a variety of subject areas. In addition to specialized tracks in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Global Health, Israel Studies, and Sustainable Development & Environment, students have the choice of taking courses in areas such as anthropology, gender/women's studies, health sciences, history, Middle Eastern studies, political science, sociology, and religious studies. Students are also eligible to take courses directly at Ben-Gurion University. There is also a month-long summer global health option available.
- Setting Description:
- Beer-Sheva is Israel's fourth largest city and was recently named by Forbes as a "New Silicon Valley in the Middle East." The city provides students with a unique juxtaposition of old world Israel, with its ancient markets, and new world Israel with the brand new Advanced Technology Park and cutting-edge research in areas such as cyber security and environmental science. Beer-Sheva is conveniently located to other major cities in the country, making travel extremely easy.
- The cost of the OSP is approximately $10,950 for the fall semester, $11,600 for the spring semester, and $17,600 for the academic year. This includes tuition, the intensive Hebrew language course, housing, student activity fee, and mandatory Israeli health insurance. It does not include airfare and food.
Additional Program Information
- 3.0 GPA
- Scholarships Description:
- Scholarships available to qualified students.
Based on 11 Reviews
Best abroad experience!01/20/17
The OSP program was an amazing experience! Although this was my fourth time in Israel, being in this program was a completely different experience from the previous times. Being in Beer Sheva was very helpful to learn Hebrew since some people do not speak
English, thus it motivates you to study Hebrew. The people are so nice, they are always ready to meet students from abroad, and there are multiple fun activities for students.The classes are very interesting and the professors are very nice. In addition, students are also able to perform internships with BGU professors and PhD students. I learned a lot from this semester abroad at BGU, and I cannot wait to go back!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great Students, Faculty & Staff11/14/16
A very vibrant campus, hospitable faculty and staff, and a more local feel than a 'large' city like Tel Aviv. A wide variety of people to meet and places to see. Traveling is constantly encouraged, and their 'study abroad /foreign student' office is always
helpful in giving tips, helping translate, or assisting in trip logistics (critical for those trips over Shabbos). The local students are very active both in Beer Sheva and other cities, so there's always something to do if not 15 minutes away, an hour and change into Tel Aviv. I can't leave 5 stars due to issues during my last month and half, which is a shame since everything was great for the first few months. Aside from this, I believe most will love their experience as much as I did if not more so.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
OSP Fall 201611/07/16
I highly recommend studying abroad in Israel, and specifically at Ben Gurion University. I had such an incredible, formative, memorable, fun, and adventurous experience during my six months in Be'er Sheva. The international program is comprised of students
from all over the world, and is small enough so everyone gets to know one another. Because of this, I have friends all over, and I learned just as much about Israeli culture as I did other cultures. Additionally, the international students at BGU integrate into the BGU student population, so I really felt like I was part of the school. I really felt like I lived there, not like a visitor. I loved the authentic experience of living in Be'er Sheva. I traveled all over Israel each weekend- I went to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem all of the time, but it was great to return home to Be'er Sheva each week. We had amazing hiking trips on the weekends, and the counselors were so helpful. They really care about each student and are so much fun. I especially loved the Minorities of Israel class, in which we learned about many minority groups I did not know much about before, and visited some of their villages. I would choose to study abroad at BGU again without a doubt.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Amazing11/04/16My experience at BGU was nothing less than incredible - to the point where I decided to stay, and now I'm doing my doctorate there. Highly recommend. You get out when you put in! Plus, there's nothing like the spirit of the Negev Desert.Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
One of the best summer experiences :)09/08/16
I attended the Data Mining & Business Intelligence summer program at BGU. Firstly, the course itself is very interesting, relevant in today's time and unique. My faculty and counselors were extremely helpful in making my experience here an amazing one.
The social activities were well integrated with the course to give us a good exposure to Israeli culture.I made friends with quite a few amazing people and had a ton load of wonderful memories to take back home.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
best journey i ever had08/18/16
This is my first time being aboard from my country. I wish I can learn high-tech knowledge from BGU teachers but i gained much more than that. During weekdays, we gain inspiring and well-prepared courses, covering various domains of cyber security and
machine learning. When it came to weekend, we had wonderful trips to Eilat, Dead Sea, we were also invited to bonfire and miraculous kibbutz. People there are so nice and we feel pretty safe during our summer program. I also made some great Indian students friends in the program. Wonderful and unforgettable journey in my life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Happy to be a part of the workshop on Global Health 2016!!08/17/16
Shalom!!!This is the first time I travelled so far away from India and stayed in Israel for around a month.Starting from landing from the flight to Telavib to climbing up the plane, back to India,there was no single moment, that I have not enjoyed.Spending
the Shabbat in a Kibbutz is of course a lifetime achievement, not to speak of the practical lessons we learnt in regards to global health, migration problems, working a project with the Bedouins and so on. I enjoyed the weekend trips to Jerusalem and Elat a lot. I am looking forward to join BGU for doing my PHD, if I get a scope..This space is really too small for expressing a review.I loved the work culture, the helping attitude of the Israelis , not to forget the "falafal", which I have started preparing in my daily breakfast in India now, for which I'm greatly appreciated by my Indian friends!!! Toda !!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Best Study Abroad I could Have Dreamed Of11/04/15
The Overseas Program at Ben Gurion University was the best choice I ever made. I had been to Israel in several different contexts prior to it, mostly religious. This was a totally different experience because I was integrated in university with native
Israelis in the dormitories. The OSP program itself was extremely eye-opening, because I had classmates from all over the world, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, the US, and Canada. Not only did I get the opportunity to integrate with Israelis, but with Europeans for the first time too. The program took us on endless trips all over the country and the staff was always extremely helpful. The classes were eye-opening, and I had the unique experience of taking a masters level course in Sde Boker once a week and working in David Ben Gurion's Archive. To this day, those were the best five months of my life. I'm really glad I chose to do the summer Ulpan as well. We had access to the sports center across from the dorms and went to the pool daily. Be'er Sheva is an extremely therapeutic, student oriented city and the campus is beautiful. There was always something going on for students. I made the friends of a lifetime there. I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Ginsburg and thank him for this amazing opportunity.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Experience of a Lifetime!11/03/15
Studying abroad at BGU was an amazing experience! I learned more than I ever could've imagined about more subjects than I would've dreamed of (mostly because I didn't know anything about them when I started the semester). While combining in-the-classroom
learning with out-of-the-classroom field experiences, BGU OSP provides students with a real-world view of current issues related to health, immigration, environmentalism, political science, and Israeli culture. Aside from the coursework, the travel opportunities were immense. In my time there, I traveled to Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece, as well as thoroughly traversing all of Israel. The group trips that you can participate in are a great way to get to know the country and see all of the beautiful places you might not find on your own. The professional and student staff who work for this program are so creative and attentive; I really couldn't have asked for anyone better. Most importantly, the nature of this programs draws in a crowd of students who are looking for an adventure. If you're a motivated and curious learner who wants to explore the Middle East and learn Hebrew along the way, I'd highly recommend looking into this program for yourself. You'll never forget the experience!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Best Trip of My Life10/27/15
Being an OSP Student was the best decision I ever made! Not only are the people amazing, the city, the classes, and the University is the best in the World! All my classes were fun and informative while being appropriate for a study abroad program. We
went on trips around the country and we had time for ourselves to travel. If anyone is interested in a study abroad trip, this is the ultimate experience!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Having no prior experience in Israel, no knowledge of Hebrew, and also not being Jewish, I was exposed to a very new culture and lifestyle. But I can say with 100% confidence my time in Be'er Sheva was one of the best experiences of my life. The student
life at BGU is so great. I ended up joining a club there - Model UN, and I've made long-lasting friendships with Israeli students. Also, because OSP houses the internationals with Israelis, I was also able to become very close with my roommates, who often times helped me with Hebrew, invited me to their homes over weekends, and helped me navigate the country. The classes were also interesting and I was exposed to subject areas that I hadn't explored before. Overall, I learned a lot about myself, Israel, and I was able to apply a lot of concepts that I had learned in my political science courses to real life situations.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend