Program Details

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.
Location:
Beersheba, Israel
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester

Program Overview

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.
Cost:
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

Requirements:
3.0 GPA
Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Scholarships available to qualified students.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.5

Based on 11 Reviews

  • Best abroad experience!
    5.0
    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Great Students, Faculty & Staff
    4.0
    11/14/16

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • OSP Fall 2016
    5.0
    11/07/16

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Amazing
    5.0
    11/04/16
    My 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 :)
    4.0
    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.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • best journey i ever had
    5.0
    08/18/16

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Happy to be a part of the workshop on Global Health 2016!!
    4.0
    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Study Abroad I could Have Dreamed Of
    5.0
    11/04/15

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Experience of a Lifetime!
    4.0
    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Trip of My Life
    5.0
    10/27/15

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Incredible Experience
    4.0
    10/26/15

    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

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend