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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Hebrew Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Comparative Studies, Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Health Sciences, History, Horticulture and Crop Science, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Public Health
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enroll
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Elizabeth Angerman
Program Description:




Ben Gurion University (BGU) has been consistently rated the number one choice of Israeli undergraduate students nationwide and offers a wide variety of courses in an authentic Israeli setting. BGU is an accredited "green campus" and is committed to community involvement through volunteer opportunities.

Direct enroll programs require a higher level of independence and the ability to navigate a foreign educational system without assistance designed to cater to the needs of education abroad students from the United States.  


Beer-Sheva is the gateway to southern Israel and is a fascinating mix of ethnic groups and cultures in a breathtaking desert landscape.


Students live in dormitory apartments with Israeli students

Education Abroad Coordinator

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and Credit

Students study Hebrew language, in addition to choosing from a variety of English-taught courses in Jewish and Israel studies, political science, history, anthropology, Arabic, arts and literature, global health and ecology. During the course of the semester, students are required to enroll in four courses, in addition to a mandatory Hebrew language course. 

The Summer University Program offers short-term study programs, usually lasting between four to six weeks and running through the late summer months. This unique experience delivers a combination of the intensive Hebrew Ulpan, organized trips and excursions, volunteer opportunities, social activities and a lecture series.

This program offers multiple sessions during the summer semester.  While completing your OSU application, you will be asked to submit your intended session(s) and credit(s).  The Ben Gurion Summer Program offers the following options:
  • Data Mining & Business Intelligence (July 3rd-31st): 6 credits
  • Global Health (July 3rd-31st) : 6 credits
  • Innovation & Leadership: Summer 4 Week
Please refer to the Ben Gurion website for more detailed information.

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved. Student may either select courses from the pre-approved course list or seek course approval via the credit evaluation process (non-French courses, only); students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
PLEASE NOTE: Course approval, either via the pre-approved course list or completion of the credit evaluation process, does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students must consult their program provider regarding course availability and talk with their Ohio State academic advisor to ensure that approved course options are appropriate given their degree requirements. All students should have multiple back-up courses approved. Canceling participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797.  Further instructions will be provided upon admission to the program.


Application Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, must submit a Special Petition with the International Travel Policy Committee, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
2. Ben Gurion application. 

IMPORTANTBoth applications must be submitted by the Ohio State application deadline.  



Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs

Students will pay the Ben Gurion University program fee and GeoBlue international insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.



Information Sessions

  • TBD


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


This program includes travel to a risk designated country and all participants at the time of acceptance must submit a petition provided by the Office of International Affairs acknowledging they have read the travel warning and recognize the risk involved. All programs administered through the Office of International Affairs that include travel to countries with a risk designation have received prior approval by the International Travel Policy Committee. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/05/2020 06/30/2020
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions. These dates also include the required pre-term ulpan.
Summer 2020 02/01/2020
Rolling Admission 06/14/2020 08/07/2020
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions. There are multiple programs with different dates held during this session. Applicants will need to indicate which program they have selected. Please note that some programs overlap with OSU's Autumn semester.
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 09/05/2020 07/02/2021
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 09/05/2020 12/25/2020
NOTE: These dates are tentative and include estimated travel dates. Please refer to provider acceptance materials for finalized dates and travel instructions.
Summer 2021 01/04/2021 01/18/2021 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed