Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Posted on January 23, 2013
Ben-Gurion University, situated in Israel’s southern city of Beer-Sheva, is the fastest growing and most dynamic university in Israel, and is consistently rated the top university by Israeli undergraduates. Striving to encourage community outreach and leadership alongside multi-disciplinary research and knowledge, BGU helps over 40% of its 20,000 students find and participate in volunteer and community projects throughout Israel. As a part of the Green campus initiative, BGU also promotes social and environmental responsibility with its many sustainability policies, ranking in the top 50 greenest university campuses worldwide.
Beer-Sheva is Israel’s fourth largest city with a population of 200,000, and is often called ‘the capital of the Negev region’. With one of the longest histories in the world and beautiful natural landscapes, Beer-Sheva boasts many ancient historical attractions, as well as a variety of leisure and modern cultural activities. Beer-Sheva is also well-connected to the rest of Israel, with trains, buses, and taxis providing quick and easy transportation to other Israeli cities, as well as to nearby attractions such as the Dead Sea and the ruins of Avdat. Ideally situated in the Negev region, even as opportunities for travel and exploration abound, BGU’s remains ideal for a full immersion experience.
Fall or Spring semesters, Academic Year
FALL: Mid-September to end of December
SPRING: Early March to end of June
Courses & Credits
BGU offers courses with 2, 3, or 4 credit hours. A course of 4 credit hours at BGU is equal to a regular Wheaton course of 1 credit. Students must enroll in at least 4 courses.
Courses in the Overseas Student Program are taught in English. Regular BGU academic programs taught in Hebrew.
No previous Hebrew instruction is necessary as a 6-week mandatory pre-semester intensive Hebrew course is included for each semester abroad.
Housing & Board
Dorms located across the street from the main campus, sports complex, and train station. Living arrangements consist of apartments of two or four private or double bedrooms, with a shared bathroom and small kitchen. Students will share apartments with Israeli suitemates.
Wheaton Tuition and housing
Students are responsible for a $500 study abroad administrative fee, passport and visa fees, supplemental insurance, and personal expenses, including meals. BGU also organizes optional weekly excursions and activities for study abroad students that are available for small fees.
Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.
Contact Mark Hoesly at the Center for Global Education for information and application details on the BGU Program. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education. Additionally, Professor Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus serves as a strong resource for questions and concerns about Israel and Jewish and Hebrew Studies.
Courses of Study
Language (Hebrew, Arabic)
Students are briefed with security information prior to each semester, as well as connected via mobile phone with staff. University campuses and dorms are secure 24 hours a day. BGU is committed to keeping its students and staff safe and secure at all times.
Summer Programs: Intensive Hebrew Language Ulpan, Intensive Spoken Arabic Ulpan (Palestinian)