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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA Required: 3.0 Housing Options: On-Campus Dormitory
Exchange Type: Tuition Only Exchange Program's Language of Instruction: English
Academic Areas: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Political Science Group: Group O - Other/One-Way
Program Description:
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University Overview | Program Overview | Location | Accommodation | Grades & Credits

University Overview

The Arava Institute was founded in 1996 and initially partnered with Tel Aviv University. Today, the Institute is joined with Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel (another program Washington College partners with as well!) and has been since 2002. The Institute is located in the Negev Desert, about 30 minutes north of the town of Eliat. The Institute is located on Kibbutz Ketura, which is a particular rural and fairly isolated Kibbutz. A Kibbutz, meaning communal settlement in Hebrew, is a type of settlement in which the community all share the same property, production, and education. The Kibbutz Ketura community is around 400 people, including the Institute students. All activity at the Institute, including classes, meals, residences, and extracurriculars are located on the Kibbutz. 

Program Overview

The Arava Institute's academic program is focused on the environmental challenges facing the Middle East. Its student population is roughly one-third Israeli students, one-third Palestinian students, and one-third international students. The program was developed around the idea that the environmental crises in the Middle East are separate from the region's politics. Focusing on environmental science as well as peace and conflict resolution courses, the Arava Institute's mission is to unify and "to advance cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict"


The Arava Institute is located on the Kibbutz Ketura, which is found in the Negev Desert in Israel. This area is fairly isolated and rural, however the unique construction of a Kibbutz should fulfill all students' needs. 



All students will live in Residence Halls on the Kibbutz. All the Residence Halls are air-conditioned and usually have 4 rooms per unit. Each unit shares a kitchenette and common space, and each unit typically holds 8 students. All dormitories are within walking distance to the Institute's other facilities (i.e. classrooms, laundry, sports facilities, etc.). Because our agreement with the Arava Institute is a Tuition-Only exchange program, you will pay the "Room" fees directly to the Institute, not to Washington College. More information about the Residence Halls can be found here. 


Grades & Credits

Transcripts for coursework at the Arava Institute will be sent by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Arava / BGU Grade WAC Grade
A A 4.0
A- A- 3.7
B+ B+ 3.3
B B 3.0
B- B- 2.7
C+ C+ 2.3
C C 2.0
C- C- 1.7
D+ D+ 1.0
D D 0.7
F F 0

A full course load at the Arava institute is 4 classes per semester and the Peace-building Leadership Seminar, a non-credit course. If you take a full course load at the Arava Institute, you will receive a full course load at Washington College (16 credits/semester; 32 credits/academic year). If you take less than the full course load you will NOT receive a full course load at Washington College.

Arava Credits WAC Credits
4 classes 16 credits

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2023 02/10/2023 02/27/2023 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 02/10/2023 02/27/2023 TBA TBA
Spring 2024 09/15/2023 10/02/2023 TBA TBA