The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is the premier environmental studies and research program in the Middle East. Accredited through Ben-Gurion University, the Arava Institute houses academic programs, research centers, and international cooperation initiatives focusing on a range of environmental concerns and challenges.
The Arava Institute offers a university-level, interdisciplinary study abroad program where participants receive a cutting-edge environmental education and take part in the regional peace-building process with students from all over the world.
At the Arava Institute, students can study abroad for one or two semesters. Students take between 4-5 courses in natural and social environmental sciences in the areas of water management, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, environmental ethics, and more. Students can also choose to pursue an independent project for the duration of the semester. All courses are taught in English.
The Arava Institute study abroad program brings together between 40-50 students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, the United States, and around the world. No other program allows students from such varied political, cultural, and religious backgrounds to live, study, and learn about one another for a semester or more. Together, students also take part in the Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminar where they explore issues of culture, religion, identity, and the current political situation.
Each semester, the Arava Institute brings concepts from the classroom to life in a real-world context through field trips to different regions in the Middle East. On these educational field trips, students meet with experts on regional environmental issues and conflict resolution, hear from local stakeholders, and visit historic sites and museums.
- Low tuition, room & board, health insurance and environmental trips included
- Live in and explore the Arava desert located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea
- Meet and work with a multicultural student body
- Participate in Peace Building and Environmental Leadership Seminar
- Sami, American, Spring 2013
“When you study at the Arava Institute, you are making a commitment to the idea that a small group of people can make a considerable difference in this world! ”
- Maya, South African, Fall 2012
“AIES really seems to attract worldly people who have a strong desire to meet people different from themselves. ”
- Shae, American, Fall 2012
“The Arava Institute broadened my horizons because of the friends I met. It was a great experience because of the intimate environment and the small classes.”
- Dagan, Israeli, Spring 2009