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.
The Overseas Student Program (OSP) of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) offers students the opportunity to enroll in semester, year, or short-term programs. Students take courses taught in English in a variety of academic disciplines, including specializations in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Global Health, Israel Studies, and Sustainable Development & Environment. Students can enroll in for-credit academic research with BGU faculty while on the program. All semester and year students start the program with six weeks of intensive Hebrew language (ulpan) and continue language study throughout the semester; no prior knowledge of the language is required. All program participants live in on-campus apartments with Israeli roommates, a unique aspect for study abroad programs in Israel. Volunteering and community engagement are pillars of the university with over 2/3 of the student body engaged in some form of activism; study abroad students are encouraged and able to get involved.
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