Arava Institute for Environmental Studies: Hevel Eilot - Study Abroad in Israel

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The Arava Institute is founded on the belief that wherever you are, on any side of a border, the environment is a defining challenge of our time. The Arava Institute provides students with an exceptional interdisciplinary environmental education t... read more

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It was a worthwhile experience - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I have an eternal anchor in the region now and continue to visit my friends there. I cook their meals when I miss it and play the music when I want to remember. I continue to live my life with the inspiration and mentality of the Arava and despite how distant it was from the rest of the society of my country, I will always cheri... - University of Washington View Entire Review
I learned to live in a deeply diverse community, which is a reflection of the world. I learned to engage in constructive dialogue and build partnership across deep difference. And, I completed 300 level natural science credits that counted towards my undergraduate degree at Oberlin College. It was remarkably worthwhile. - Oberlin College View Entire Review
Absolutly - Western Washington University View Entire Review
The experience was transformative. I learned a great deal about environmental issues in the Middle East and globally, and about peace building and conflict resolution. The program challenged me to explore my own identity, to learn others' narratives, and to build an identity and understanding of history and current events that i... - Washington University in Saint Louis View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Arava Institute for Environmental Studies: Hevel Eilot - Study Abroad in Israel
I can't type it all hear. But my time at the Arava Institute was life changing and I will always be grateful for what I learned regarding environmental issues, peace building skills, and the amazing friends I made. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
Some classes were worth while, I learned about Israel and Palestine more. It was not worthwhile though. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I changed a lot through this experience and I have no regrets. I arrived in Israel wanting to see the "Holy Land," but got much, much more. - Olin College View Entire Review

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The Arava Institute is founded on the belief that wherever you are, on any side of a border, the environment is a defining challenge of our time. The Arava Institute provides students with an exceptional interdisciplinary environmental education that combines natural and social science with conflict mitigation training. Our students investigate the many narratives that comprise the history, politics and culture of Israel, while living with Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and North Americans.  Our alumni emerge from the Arava Institute with a deeper commitment to sustainability, cooperation and entrepreneurship, as well as the practical knowledge needed to combat the escalating environmental global crisis.

At the Arava Institute, students can study for one or two semesters. Students take between 4-5 courses in natural and social environmental sciences in the areas of water management, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, environmental ethics, and more. Students can also choose to pursue an independent project for the duration of the semester. All courses are taught in English.

Each semester, the Arava Institute brings concepts from the classroom to life in a real-world context through field trips to different regions in the Middle East. On these educational field trips, students meet with experts on regional environmental issues and conflict resolution, hear from local stakeholders, and visit historic sites and museums.

No other program allows students from such varied political, cultural, and religious backgrounds to live, study, and learn about one another for a semester or more. Together, students also take part in the Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminar where they explore issues of culture, religion, identity, and the current political situation.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Year Founded:
1996
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