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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Beer-Sheva, Israel

Beer-Sheva, Israel

Program sponsor: Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program

Panorama of Beer-Sheva
Panorama of Beer-Sheva

The Overseas Student Program at Ben-Gurion University allows students to study Hebrew language, in addition to choosing from a variety of courses taught in English. As a complement to academic studies, students are strongly encouraged to participate in volunteer service, research, internships, and/or service learning.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA.


None; however, students are required to:

  • Enroll in summer or winter Ulpan (intensive Hebrew language study) before the start of the program.
  • Take a Hebrew language course during the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Complete a Ben-Gurion University application by the program's deadline.

Term notes

This program follows the Israeli academic calendar: Fall quarter begins in late-July and ends in late-December. Winter/spring quarters begin in early-January and end in late-June.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


All students enrolled in the OSP have the option of living in the BGU student dormitories.

Unique among Israeli study abroad programs, students are placed with BGU student roommates, providing the opportunity to foster lasting friendships and become immersed in the “real” Israel.

Dormitories are divided into apartments of either three or four bedrooms. Each apartment has a bathroom and a small kitchen equipped with refrigerator, hot plate, sink, storage cabinets and a dining area. Each bedroom contains a bed, desk/table, bookshelf, wardrobe/closet, chair and lamp for each student. Kitchenware and cooking equipment, as well as eating utensils, are not provided but can be easily purchased locally at reasonable prices.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2018: $17,701

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $13,750

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $1,000
  • Airfare: $1,400
  • Local transportation: $170
  • Books & supplies: $150
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • Visa: $45
  • GeoBlue: $186

Total: $3,951

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Ben-Gurion University, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


Once you are accepted to BGU, you may be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation on the program. If required, it is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your BGU tuition and housing (including the required ulpan), as well as the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other BGU Charges

If you receive an invoice from BGU that includes your tuition, housing, or ulpan, you should not pay it. Northwestern will pay BGU directly for these charges, and you will be billed for them through CAESAR.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly.

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