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  • Locations: Eilat, Israel
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Columbia applicants only
Columbia Dates & Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline/Columbia Clearance Deadline Decision Date & Deadline Note Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017
04/01/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/15/2017
04/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/01/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English Program Type: Field-studies Program
Program Advisor:
Jill Burya: Eligibility - Home School: Columbia College, Columbia General Studies, Columbia SEAS
Program Features: Research Opportunities
Travel Warning:
There is a current US Travel Warning to this Country.
Discipline: Social Sciences, STEM
Program Description:


IsraelThe Arava Institute offers a university-level, interdisciplinary study abroad program where participants receive a cutting-edge environmental education and take part in the regional peace-building process with students from all over the world.  Students enroll in 4-5 courses, all of which are taught in English. Students live in shared apartments on a kibbutz.

Academic Program

Students can choose from a wide variety of courses in the areas of natural and social environmental studies. Students can also consider pursuing an independent study project while on the program.  Field trips are incorporated into the academic coursework in order to show students how these issues are dealt with in a real world context.
As there is a current U.S. Travel Warning for Israel, please consult the OGP to discuss safety issues.

Program Features

The Arava Institute is located on a kibbutz which gives students an interesting communal living environment in which they will live and study with students from all over the Middle East and the world.  A variety of extra-curricular activities are available on the kibbutz including yoga, hiking, gardening and camping.

All students live in shared apartments. An effort is made to ensure that each apartment consists of students from a variety of different countries and cultures. 


All students should consult the OGP eligibility page to ensure that they meet all specific academic requirements for each school (CC, GS, SEAS) to study abroad.

Application Instructions

There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin.