General Information:

"Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields.

It has around 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences; Health Sciences; Natural Sciences; the Pinchas Sapir Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management; the Joyce and Irving Goldman School of Medicine; the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies; and the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies. More than 100,000 alumni play important roles in all areas of research and development, industry, health care, the economy, society, culture and education in Israel."

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Admission: Faculty of Arts, all programmes

Language Requirements: English B2/C1

Additonal Admission Requirements: none

Number of places available: ​​​​​​​6 (of which 4 for Middle East Studies)

Accomodation: Yes, on-campus housing is available.

Visa: Upon entering Israel, your passport must be valid for at least another six months past your issued visa expiration date. The law requires that your visa reflect the purpose of your stay in Israel.

In order to enter and stay in Israel, you must obtain an appropriate and up-to-date visa that is in correlation with the purpose of your stay. Please schedule a meeting at the closest Israel representation and bring the following documents in order to stamp your passport with the relevant visa (the Israeli representation at your cou​ntry may request for more/other documents as well):

  • Please contact the visa coordinator at BGU in order to get an assistance with your visa application.
  • Obtain a health insurance (also possible through the Office of International Academic Affairs).This is a mandatory request.
  • Obtain an acceptance and invitation letter from BGU.
  • Download an application form for a visa from their web-site.
  • Your valid passport
  • Bring a passport photo
  • Proof of your sustainability

Sports: There are many options for physical activity in Beer-Sheva. The University has its own Sports Center located on the north-east corner of Arlozorov and Ben-Gurion Boulevard. The Sports Center is open seven days a week, though hours vary (for example, it closes early Friday and Saturday, opens at noon on Sunday; please check here with the help of an Israeli or with an online translator). The Center has two 25-meter lap pools, one of which is indoors/covered and one outdoors, a leisure pool, sauna and steam rooms; basketball, volleyball and tennis courts; locker rooms; equipment/clothing shop; and a weight room with exercise machines. You will need to swipe your BGU (blue) ID card to enter the facility. Entrance to all facilities, except the weight room, is free with a BGU student card. There are also several other sports provided.

Grades: The Israeli grading scale is 0–100, with 100 being the highest. In order to pass most courses, you need to achieve a grade of 65. Be aware that this requirement may vary from course to course, and exact regulations are set in each syllabus.

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