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  • Locations: Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
  • Program Terms: IOP Fall, IOP Spring, IOP Year (academic)
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  • Program Sponsor: The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UCM Deadline Campus Decision Date Start Date End Date
IOP Year (academic) 2018-2019 05/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
IOP Fall 2018 05/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/12/2018 01/03/2019
IOP Spring 2019 09/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Class standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate student, 6-Other Language of instruction: English
Housing options: Dormitory / affiliated residences Areas of study: Biological sciences, Earth and space sciences, Environmental studies, International studies, Political science
Program Description:
Arava Institute


The Arava Institute is at the forefront of environmental studies and research in the Middle East. Offered for credit through Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Arava Institute offers students an opportunity to explore a range of environmental issues from an exceptional transboundary and interdisciplinary perspective. Under the guidance of leading environmental professionals and researchers, students maintain a full course-load in environmental studies that focus on water management, renewable energy, ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental politics, and more.

Click here to view our student brochure and follow this link to submit your application.


The Arava Institute offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a cross-cultural environment with others who are equally passionate about building a more sustainable future. Our student body is comprised of approximately one third Jewish students from Israel; one third Arabs from Palestine, Jordan and Israel; and one third international students, primarily from North America. In this multicultural setting, students form connections and develop skills that enable them to lead their communities in addressing today’s most pressing environmental challenges after they leave the Institute.


At the Arava Institute students and interns participate in one of the most open and honest conversations happening in the Middle East, while gaining essential professional skills and cultural literacy. In line with the Arava Institute’s mission to generate capacity building for conciliation, cooperation, and environmental change, all students participate in a weekly Peace-building Leadership Seminar and an Environmental Leadership Seminar. In these seminars students engage in dialogue, exploring issues of culture, religion, identity,environmental activism, and the current political situation, while developing competencies in intercultural understanding, empathy, and environmental leadership.

Both the Peace-building Leadership Seminar (PLS) and the Environmental Leadership Seminar (EL) build on the conviction that the social and political relationships within and between groups in the region have a significant influence on environmental practices, public policies, and grassroots environmental activism. Both seminars take advantage of the Arava Institute’s own community as a microcosm of the region, building the tools and understanding necessary to foster environmental sustainability, social justice, and respect in the broader society. Every student, no matter the country of origin, has the opportunity to contribute significantly to this ongoing dialogue.