Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Summer)
Beer Sheva is a lively city in the desert, with centuries of history easily accessible. However, the abundance of historical significance does not take away from the rising technology scene and the 30,000 college students that make the city vibrant. With technical research and parks popping up, a myriad of restaurants and cafes, as well modern college campuses, Beer Sheva will be your home away from home.
The lively student population at Ben-Gurion University are ready to welcome you to Israel! With weekly workouts, movie screenings, clubs, and organizations, it won’t take long to become an involved student. With easy access to the rest of the city and the rest of Israel, the opportunities to explore are nearly endless!
Ben-Gurion University (BGU) offers several short-term study programs, usually lasting between four to six weeks during the summer. You also have the option of participating in a research internship. These programs provide unique experiences and include organized trips and excursions, volunteer opportunities, social activities, and lectures from well-known BGU professors.
Summer options include:
• Data Mining and Business Intelligence for Cyber Security
- Program consists of two courses and professional field trips:
- Course: Advanced Topics in Cyber Security (3 credits)
- Course: Methods for Detecting Cyber Attack (3 credits)
• Entrepreneurship Summer Program – Robotics
- Program consists of two courses (3 credits each).
- Encompasses classes in entrepreneurship, AI, IoT and hands-on experience in Engineering labs, with leading BGU faculty and guest lecturers from top tier universities around the world
- Focuses on the process of methodologically meeting a technological and managerial challenge
- Supported and mentored by Amazon AWS, General Motors, and Nikon
- Includes visits to companies – meeting with the product, research, and innovation leaders
- Program consists of the following components:
- Two courses (3 credits each) with the following course scope: health, globalization, development, migration, refugees, obesity, diabetes, human rights, etc.
- One week on-site practicum
- Professional field trips, exercises and small groups mentoring
- Tours around Israel
• International Bachelors of Excellence (IBEX) Summer Internship at the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
- 6-credit academic internship in which you will conduct experiments, learn to analyze results, and arrange the conclusions
- Exposure to various social and cultural activities, unique to the Negev desert area
- Research projects available in the fields of agriculture, plant sciences, aquaculture, microalgal biotechnology, desalination and water treatment, hydrology and environmental microbiology, solar energy, environmental physics, ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, and wildlife management (you will have to choose one of these topics)
Review Ben-Gurion University’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Ben-Gurion University provides housing to you in its on-campus dormitories, located a short walk from the main campus. You may also make your own housing arrangements.
On-campus housing is apartment-style with three or four students per apartment. Each dorm has single bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bathroom, and living space.
There is no meal plan for this program. However, most dormitories have kitchen facilities. There are several grocery stores and markets conveniently located near campus. You will also have access to numerous cafes and restaurants both on and off-campus.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Summer 2019 Data Mining and Business Intelligence Program Estimate of Costs.
*Estimate of Costs vary for each summer program. Please contact the UAlbany Education Abroad program coordinator for additional cost information.
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Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
ONLY SUNY STUDENTS MAY APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM. ALL SUNY APPLICANTS MUST APPLY THROUGH UALBANY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SUNY CREDIT FOR THIS PROGRAM.
Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least a 3.0 GPA are welcome to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
If you are interested in applying to Ben-Gurion University, you should follow two steps:
1) Click “Apply Now” at the top of this page in order to access the UAlbany application materials.
2) Apply directly to Ben-Gurion University for admission, following their procedures and observing their deadlines, and inform the University at Albany when they have been accepted. Please do not send BGU’s application paperwork to the University at Albany.
Study tours and/or field trips are included in the program charge for the summer programs at Ben-Gurion University.
You may also participate in off campus tourist attractions during your free time.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
About the City
Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is located in Beer-Sheva, which is often referred to as the capital of the Negev region. Today, the city boasts a diverse population of 200,000 people, of which approximately 19,500 are BGU students and an additional 10,000 students attending other higher education institutions in the city. Making their way around the city, visitors and residents can witness the convergence of history with modernity in this beautiful desert city.
Juxtaposed with the city’s pride in its ancient history is the vision for its future. A shining example of this vision the new Advanced Technologies Park, which aims to promote technology and commercialization of cutting-edge research and innovation being developed through BGU and affiliate institutions. These developments have helped to bring the city of Beer-Sheva to the world stage and to become both the future Silicon Valley of the Middle East, as written by Forbes, and a cybertech oasis, as written by TechCrunch.
Israel’s largest cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, are easily accessible from Beer-Sheva. The Israel Railways intercity rail station is across the street from the dorms, and only a three-minute walk from the main BGU campus. It provides modern high-speed train service between Beer-Sheva and Tel Aviv in under an hour, with service continuing to Haifa and the north. Jerusalem is only an hour and a half ride away by tax or bus, which depart right from the main campus.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Israel.
For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Consulate General of Israel website to determine whether you are required to obtain a visa for this program.
More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Summer Programs: December
Summer 2020 – Data Mining and Business Intelligence for Cyber Security Applications
07/12/2020 to 08/06/2020
Summer 2020 – Global Health- International Summer Program
07/12/2020 to 08/06/2020
Summer 2020 – Entrepreneurship Summer Program
07/12/2020 to 08/06/2020
Summer 2020 – International Bachelors of Excellence (IBEX) Summer Internship at the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
Eight week internship. Dates vary.
About the Program
The University at Albany’s program through Ben-Gurion University offers you the opportunity to learn Judaic, Israeli, and Middle Eastern studies, Hebrew language, and general studies. Israel, as a center for several cultures and religions, provides a stimulating environment for personal growth, both inside and outside the classroom. While it is an obvious resource for Judaic Studies majors and minors, these programs also attract students from all academic disciplines, religions, and ethnic groups.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Ben-Gurion University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.