Drexel in Israel: Ben Gurion University
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Ben-Gurion, founded in 1969, is located in the Negev, a desert area which comprises two-thirds of Israel's land mass but is home to less than 10% of Israel's residents. Named after Israel's first prime minister, Ben-Gurion has more than 17,000 students and welcomes a large number of international students from around the world.
Ben-Gurion is well known for its integration in the surrounding community including the Bedouin community that calls the desert home and its programs in Sustainable Development and Environmental Justice, Peace Studies and Global Health.
For additional information, please visit Ben Gurion's International Student information website.
BGU is located in Beer Sheva, Israel's fourth largest city, situated in the Negev desert. Tied to events of biblical times, Beer Sheva's history predates Abraham, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Today, Beer Sheva is known as the 'capital of the Negev' and is a growing city whose diverse population has grown in the last few decades to close to 200,000.*
Israel's largest cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, are easily accessible from Beer Sheva. Modern, high-speed train service between Beer Sheva and Tel Aviv takes a little over an hour, with service continuing to Haifa and the north. The university train station is across the street from the dorms and only a three minute walk from campus and Jerusalem is only an hour and a half ride away by shared taxi or bus. OSP alumni have reported that BGU's location makes it ideal for exploring all parts of Israel both on your own and through OSP organized programs.
Please be aware that the US State Department has issued a Travel Warning for US citizens traveling to and in Israel. Under Drexel's Policy on Study Abroad in Sites under Travel Warning.pdf, once accepted to the Drexel in Israel program, students and their parents will be required to sign the following document: Addendum to Terms & Conditions.pdf.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Sophomore, Pre-Junior, Junior
To get a better idea of what courses you might be able to take while abroad the Drexel Study Abroad office suggests that you look at the list of majors available
Please note that introductory Hebrew language courses are not available during the Fall term but continuing language courses are offered.
During the regular academic term students normally take 5 courses of which 3 courses can be taken from the Overseas Student Program (OSP). The remaining two courses must be taken from regular Ben-Gurion courses, which will most likely be offered in Hebrew. The exception is courses offered in the English Language and Literature Department. Students should also consider continuing their Hebrew language studies during the regular semester.
With permission of your Ben-Gurion advisor, as well as your Drexel academic advisor, upper level students might also consider taking Master's level courses
which are frequently offered in English.
You can find a list of courses offered in English at Ben-Gurion here
. While the list may change from year to year, this is a good starting point to have an idea of what your options will be for courses in English.
: Students will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take abroad. For example, if you want to take a History course abroad for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the History department.
Students are taught and graded by Ben-Gurion faculty. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution. The goal is to be a full-time student at the host institution while also taking the equivalent of a full-time load at Drexel which is normally 5 courses.
Ben-Gurion is a semester based school and their Fall Semester will count as Fall Term at Drexel. Students should plan 12-18 months in advance in order to accommodate cycle or program changes. Review Ben Gurion's academic calendar here.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
|Program Start Date
|Program End Date
||Late December (before Christmas)
During the fall semester students should plan on taking 5 courses. Please see above for more details.
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after the official program dates. Students assume all risk during independent travel as Drexel University is not responsible outside of program dates.
Students will stay in dormitories.
Non-Israeli citizens are required to apply for a visa before studying at BGU. More information will be provided upon acceptance.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.