Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
96% Rating
(7 Reviews)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The Tel Aviv Experience Replicated in Beer-Sheva
The burgeoning city of Beer-Sheva has rapidly evolved and is taking its rightful place on the map as a tourist, cyber, and cultural capital in the Middle East, and, believe it or not, is beginning to compete with Tel Aviv.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) remains true to its founding purpose by actively promoting high-technology, desert preservation, water resource management, alternative energy, international health services, and education in the Negev region, while also building bridges of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors through initiatives in science, research and development. As Israel's only non-commuter based campus, BGU has been consistently ranked the #1 university for student life by Israeli students. The university is located in Beer-Sheva, Israel's fourth largest city, and an ideal location to immerse in Israeli life and culture. A train station next to campus takes students to Tel Aviv in under an hour, and bus service provides transportation to Jerusalem and other cities in Israel. With approximately 2/3 of the student body involved in community engagement/volunteerism, there are many options for study abroad students to get involved outside the classroom.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Yunran
Female

A Great Summer Program to learn Machine Learnig, Cyber Security, BGU and Israel !

10/10

Israel is an amazing country. It creates U-Disk which people all over the world use every day. It established the first Firewall. It is the cultural center of Asia, Europe, and Africa. It exports agriculture products with land area 2/3 of Taiwan. (And 60% is covered by desert.) It is a great opportunity to explore Israel and especially get a deep understanding about Cyber Security. BGU is a great university located in the desert. There is a high-technology center near the university. In the 30-day program, we took courses on introduction of Cyber Security and how machine learning can be applied in Cyber Security. All the tutors are professional, patient and willing to help us. I got deep understanding and interested in such area. Also, I got great academic training here. ALso, there are two field tours during the program to help us to learn the latest problems rasing in the real world. And OSP Coordinator organized two tours (Masada and Jerusalem) to help us know the history and culture of Israel. Besides, there are many activities held twice a week, like pub night, concert night, dancing night and so on. All the staff are so nice and willing to help us get to know Israel and try their best to offer us comfortable and colorful life. Besides cyber security program, there are much more excellent programs for you to explore!!! I really enjoy my days in BGU. I really appreciate every people here. You give me the wonderful experience here.

How can this program be improved?

Maybe more field tour would be better. And hold the resource fair in the first week so that I can have time to visit every department of the university.

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Hannah
Female
22 years old
WI
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

I Would Do It Again

10/10

This program gave you an insider's eye into the highly innovative business world we live in. I met some extremely successful entrepreneurs, VCs, and specialists. I enjoyed the beauty of this culture and all the knowledge they had to offer. I came to fall in love with another country through this experience!

The classes were very informational. I took one of favorite classes in my college career thus far, while participating in this program. You learn to be a leader in the circles you interact in.

Touring Google's campus in Tel Aviv, along with snorkeling in Eilat were some of the highlights of my trip!

How can this program be improved?

Highlighting the different business, organizations, and people you will be visiting and meeting. Featuring the talent that you will come in contact with via this program.

Evan
Male
28 years old
Bronx
City University of New York

Great Students, Faculty & Staff

8/10

A very vibrant campus, hospitable faculty and staff, and a more local feel than a 'large' city like Tel Aviv. A wide variety of people to meet and places to see. Traveling is constantly encouraged, and their 'study abroad /foreign student' office is always helpful in giving tips, helping translate, or assisting in trip logistics (critical for those trips over Shabbos).

The local students are very active both in Beer Sheva and other cities, so there's always something to do if not 15 minutes away, an hour and change into Tel Aviv.

I can't leave 5 stars due to issues during my last month and half, which is a shame since everything was great for the first few months. The dorms are also lacking (and more expensive than) renting or rooming off campus. If you are quite social definitely look for somewhere to rent instead of dorming.

Aside from this, I believe most will love their experience as much as I did if not more so.

How can this program be improved?

Assistance for finding off-campus housing.

More student independence.

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Amanda
Female
22 years old
Cherry Hill
University of Virginia

OSP Fall 2016

10/10

I highly recommend studying abroad in Israel, and specifically at Ben Gurion University. I had such an incredible, formative, memorable, fun, and adventurous experience during my six months in Be'er Sheva. The international program is comprised of students from all over the world, and is small enough so everyone gets to know one another. Because of this, I have friends all over, and I learned just as much about Israeli culture as I did other cultures. Additionally, the international students at BGU integrate into the BGU student population, so I really felt like I was part of the school. I really felt like I lived there, not like a visitor. I loved the authentic experience of living in Be'er Sheva. I traveled all over Israel each weekend- I went to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem all of the time, but it was great to return home to Be'er Sheva each week. We had amazing hiking trips on the weekends, and the counselors were so helpful. They really care about each student and are so much fun. I especially loved the Minorities of Israel class, in which we learned about many minority groups I did not know much about before, and visited some of their villages. I would choose to study abroad at BGU again without a doubt.

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Tzippy
Female
24 years old
Queens

Best Decision Of My Life

10/10

The Overseas Program at Ben Gurion University was the best choice I ever made. I had been to Israel in several different contexts prior to it, mostly religious. This was a totally different experience because I was integrated in university with native Israelis in the dormitories. The OSP program itself was extremely eye-opening, because I had classmates from all over the world, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, the US, and Canada. Not only did I get the opportunity to integrate with Israelis, but with Europeans for the first time too. The program took us on endless trips all over the country and the staff was always extremely helpful. The classes were eye-opening, and I had the unique experience of taking a masters level course in Sde Boker once a week and working in David Ben Gurion's Archive. To this day, those were the best five months of my life. I'm really glad I chose to do the summer Ulpan as well. We had access to the sports center across from the dorms and went to the pool daily. Be'er Sheva is an extremely therapeutic, student oriented city and the campus is beautiful. There was always something going on for students. I made the friends of a lifetime there. I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Ginsburg and thank him for this amazing opportunity.

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