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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 03/15/2020 08/03/2020 06/25/2021
NOTE: Start and end dates are estimates only and are subject to change. Exact dates will be provided by the host university after acceptance.
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 03/15/2020 08/03/2020 12/18/2020
NOTE: Start and end dates are estimates only and are subject to change. Exact dates will be provided by the host university after acceptance.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English, Hebrew
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Soph, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Click here for a definition of this term Internship Possible: Maybe
Program Length: Academic Year, Semester Language Requirement: No
Credits: 12 or more Affiliated Department or Center: Center for Jewish Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Coordinator: Ramona Washington Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: UWM
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, Business Administration, Communication, Conservation and Environmental Sciences, Hebrew Studies, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology
Program Description:
Israel - BGUThe Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) invites you to take the road less traveled and experience Israel as never before. Raise your expectations and participate in a truly unique immersive study abroad program.

As an international student at BGU, you will study Hebrew language, in addition to choosing from a variety of courses taught in English that are designed to enhance and connect with your experience in Israel.

To complement your academic studies, you will be encouraged to participate in volunteer service, which will deepen your knowledge and exposure to Israel and its people.

You will live in dormitory apartments with Israeli students, providing you with the opportunity to practice your Hebrew and forge a genuine connection with Israelis.

You will also explore Israel on trips organized by OSP, where you will learn about the country's history, landscape and diverse traditions. Finally, as a student at BGU, you will become a part of the University's vibrant student body and gain a deep understanding of Israeli life from the "inside."


There are differences between BGU's general academic calendar and the OSP's academic calendar. Fall semester of the two programs are slightly different while the spring semester dates coincide. All OSP dates are subject to adjustment due to changes in BGU's academic calendar.
  • Fall semester is usually early August to late December* (includes the Summer Ulpan).
  • Spring semester is usually early January to late June* (includes the Winter Ulpan). 
*Students who choose to enroll in regular university (non OSP) courses may have final exams scheduled through mid-January (Fall) and mid-July (Spring).

Please refer to the OSP's web site for exact dates:

Program Fee:
Please see the top of the program page for cost information. Click on the term you are interested in and you will be directed to a budget sheet that contains program fees and other important financial information.

The program fee is set by BGU-OSP.  BGU-OSP will invoice UWM for the program cost and this cost will be posted to students' PAWS accounts in addition to CIE administrative fees and mandatory health insurance fees. Please visit the UWM study abroad "Fees & Policies" page for details about program fees. Students should consult the BGU-OSP website for latest program cost projections and inclusions and exclusions.

Academic Program:
Students study Hebrew language, in addition to choosing from a variety of English-taught courses in Jewish and Israel studies, political science, history, anthropology, Arabic, arts and literature, global health, and ecology.

Students may also enroll in courses in a number of academic disciplines that are offered in English by other departments. These offerings change from semester to semester. Check the program's web site regularly for updates.  Students who have adequate knowledge of Hebrew are welcome to enroll in any undergraduate class offered in Hebrew.

During the course of the semester, students are required to enroll in four courses, in addition to a mandatory Hebrew language course.

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The ulpan is an intensive immersive Hebrew language course that can be taken for either a four- or six-week period during the summer or winter. It is mandatory for all year and semester students. It incorporates a traditional curriculum of reading, writing and conversation skills with media, such as Israeli music, newspapers, movies, radio, as well as field trips.

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Housing and Meals:
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, students are placed with Israeli roommates, providing the opportunity to foster lasting friendships and become immersed in the "real" Israel.

Dining Options:
In addition to preparing food in the dormitory kitchen, students can dine in any of the on-campus cafeterias, all of which are kosher and reasonably priced.

There are also many restaurants within walking distance from the dormitories that offer a variety of authentic Israeli cuisines, as well as lively conversation with the locals of Beer-Sheva. Some eateries are operated by students or alumni and provide great ambiance and inexpensive menus.

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Internships & Volunteer Opportunities:

A wide range of internship and volunteer opportunities are available. The OSP staff works with each individual student to find a project that meets his/her interests or needs.

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Please note: Fall volunteer opportunities are sometimes limited due to the autumn holiday season in Israel and the general BGU schedule.  Details will be available upon arrival in Israel.

Scholarships and Grants:
Financial aid, scholarships and grants may be used for our programs. Attend a Financing Study Abroad 101 Session.

Based on eligibility, students may apply for any scholarship either through our office or elsewhere.  For a general list of study abroad scholarships and grants, visit our webpage.

We encourage students to search widely for other scholarships that can be applied to their study abroad program.