Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established on the edge of Negev Desert in 1969, and has since grown to encompass 5 campuses, 71 departments and 10 international programs. The university currently hosts about 20,000 students, and specializes in teaching and research. Its 10 research institutes offer several focuses including Desert Research, Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture, and Study of Israel and Zionism.
SCSU students applying through the OIE for a semester of study at Ben-Gurion as exchange students, though summer programs are available as well. Courses for exchange students are
primarily taught in English, though instruction in Hebrew is available. Students are
encouraged to participate in Ben-Gurion's Hebrew Language courses; Israel Studies
is a popular option, as well. Full course listings are available online.
Ben-Gurion's campus is located in Beer-Sheva, in southern Israel. Beer-Sheva (also Beersheba) is the fastest growing city in Israel, with a population larger than the capital, Tel-Aviv's. Students at Ben-Gurion can enjoy performances at any of the city's art halls and theatres, or hiking in the Negev Desert. The university offers housing in the Me'onot Gimel dormitory complex, which offers two- or four-bedroom apartment-style dorms, with a shared bathroom and kitchen.
The dorms are conveniently-located directly across from the campus. Off-campus housing is available for those hoping to live in Beer-Sheva proper.
Please note: SCSU does not support travel to this institution during periods when official State Department Travel Warnings are posted.