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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 03/05/2019 07/13/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lauren Winogron
Language of Instruction:
English, Hebrew
Minimum G.P.A.:
3.0, 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Class Standing:
First semester Sophomore, Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Direct Enroll
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
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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.
  • 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.
Your Host City: 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. 

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
Fall Semester: Early August – Late December
Spring Semester: Early January – Late June
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. 

Accommodations 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 Cost: 2016-2017
Fall $13,615
Spring $14,265
Academic Year $23,210
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•Travel to/from Israel •Meals
•Major Medical Insurance •Supplemental Course Fees
•All Personal Expenses •BGU Application Fee

For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.

For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Rutgers Study in Israel Scholarships- 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.

Ginsburg-Ingerman Scholarship- Scholarships and financial aid are available to students in both the year and semester programs through the Ginsburg-Ingerman Scholarship Program. Scholarship awards are based on economic need. Notification of awards will be made after acceptance to the program.  Award amounts are usually in the $1000-$4000 range.  For more information please visit the BGU website.

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

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.