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Contemporary Challenges Credits

Ben-Gurion University (Israel)

Beer-Sheva, Israel

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
Oct 15, 2020
Dec 23, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Academic Year 2020
Oct 15, 2020
Jul 08, 2021
Mar 15, 2020
Spring 2021
TBA
TBA
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Hebrew
Yes
Yes
No
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
3.0 | 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Credits

18-21

Program Advisor

The Program

Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev was established in 1969.

The university was inspired by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of his country lay in the Negev. The university boasts a student population of over 18,000. BGU has exceptional programs in Peace Studies, Desert Studies, Pre-Medicine, Anthropology, Global Health, Sustainable Development, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Program Location

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Be'er Sheva, Israel

Israel

Be'er Sheva

Be'er Sheva, known as the capital of the Negev desert, is one of Israel’s biggest cities. Its location on the main trading road junction between East and West and its availability of water has contributed to its importance throughout history. The Old City is home to Abraham’s well and ancient remains, and the new city contains a wealth of cultural institutions, a center for the arts, shopping malls, movie theaters, opera, restaurants and dance clubs. It also hosts Israel’s largest Bedouin market. Less than an hour away are the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Mitzpeh Ramon, and Masada. Here, modern and ancient collide. 

Academics

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Ben-Gurion University website.  In addition to the regular classes Ben-Gurion also offers special track programs in the following content areas: Sustainable Development, Global Health, Israel Studies, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. 

BGU also offers internship and research opportunities to visiting students in a number of different fields.  For more information please visit the BGU Internship and Volunteering web page.

Students are required to enroll in an Ulpan, an intensive, six-week immersive Hebrew language course held prior to the fall and spring semesters. This six credit course is mandatory for all study abroad semester and year students prior to their period of study at BGU.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Ben-Gurion University and Rutgers University.  Students are required to enroll in the Ulpan (6 credits) and a minimum of 4 other courses (2-4 credits per course) during the regular semester.  The credit translation system between Ben-Gurion University and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at Ben-Gurion University will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

 

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the BGU web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the program dates have been confirmed. 

Fall Semester

Early August

Late December

Spring Semester

Early January

Late June

Housing and Meals

 

BGU places visiting students in on-campus dormitories with Israeli students as roommates.  For more information about living on-campus at Ben-Gurion, please visit the BGU web page.

Meal plans are not available at BGU.  The dormitories will have shared kitchen facilities, so students are able to prepare their own meals.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $14,330 $14,330
ATW Scholarship $600 0
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $13,730 $14,330
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Excursions
•    Intensive Hebrew Ulpan
•    Israeli health insurance
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,300
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $47
Books and Classroom Materials $275
Local Transportation $200
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $5,822.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per semester $10,515
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Excursions
•    Intensive Hebrew Ulpan
•    Israeli health insurance
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,300
Meals $4,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $47
Books and Classroom Materials $550
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $4,000
Total $10,297.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $14,330 $14,330
ATW Scholarship $600 0
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $13,730 $14,330
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Excursions
•    Intensive Hebrew Ulpan
•    Israeli health insurance
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,300
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $47
Books and Classroom Materials $275
Local Transportation $200
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $5,822.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $14,330
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Excursions
•    Intensive Hebrew Ulpan
•    Israeli health insurance
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,300
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $47
Books and Classroom Materials $275
Local Transportation $200
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $5,822.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website. 

A limited number of scholarships are available to all Rutgers students through the Jewish Studies department.  For more information please visit the Jewish Studies Department website.

Available to all Jewish undergraduate students participating in a MASA-affiliated program.  For more information please visit the MASA website.