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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is a public research university located in Be'er Sheva, Israel, about an hour and a half south of Tel Aviv. Established in 1969, the university was aimed at promoting the development of the Negev desert and was later named after Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Currently, BGU supports 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members in 51 academic departments and units. Exchange students to BGU study on the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program.

Program dates

Fall: Late July through late December

Spring: Early January thorugh late June

Academics

Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.

Course Offerings

Students enroll in the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program. For a list of courses, visit BGU's page for Courses Taught in English. Students can also attend the Intensive Hebrew Language Ulpan, which takes place 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the semester. Academic Internships are available as well.

Students with proficiency in Hebrew may have access to additional course offerings.

Course Approvals

Prior to departure, students must complete the Course Approval process. Part of this process will require students to speak with the appropriate faculty members to evaluate courses and assign a corresponding Temple requirement. Courses that are taken abroad may have a direct Temple course equivalent, may fulfill an upper level elective or a lower level elective, general education requirement etc. Faculty will approve and assign corresponding Temple courses or requirement, but do not indicate the number of Temple credits that will be received for each course taken abroad. Students are advised to seek pre-approval for about twice as many courses as they can take, in the event that they need to change their schedules upon arrival. 

Upon arrival, if students find that they must make a last-minute course change and enroll in a course that has not been pre-approved, students should e-mail the details of any new courses to the appropriate departments for evaluation. However, due to the time it takes to have a course approved from overseas, in some cases final determination on course approval may not be made until students return. It is therefore always advised to include any and all courses that a student might take abroad on their External Program approval form.

Transfer of Credits

After Temple receives an official transcript from BGU, approved courses that have been passed with a grade equivalent to a C or better will be accepted by Temple and appear on students' transcripts as transfer credit. The number of credits received for each course will be evaluated at this time. Temple GPAs will not be affected by grades earned on an exchange.

Grading Scale 

BGU Scale Temple Equivalent
75-100 A
61-74 B
50-60 C
0-49 F

Language of instruction

  • English
  • Hebrew

School location

Exchange students study at the The Marcus Family Campus in Be'er Sheva.

Be'er Sheva is Israel's fourth largest city and is often called the capital of the Negev region, with a population of 200,000. History and modernity come together in this desert city, where students can visit Abraham's well, remains of a Byzantine church and remnants from the Ottoman empire. The Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Masada and Mitzpeh Ramon are in close proximity, and students can explore desert flats, sand dunes, desert pavements, cliff faces and deep canyons that stretch for miles in the Negev desert. Modern high-speed trains run between Be'er Sheva and Tel Aviv, with service continuing to Haifa in the north. 

Facilities

The campus has comprehensive facilities, including a library, computer labs, a student union, a synagogue, restaurants and cafes, a sports hall, cinema, Hillel, and housing facilities.

Accommodations

Students may choose to live in on-campus housing or find independent housing.

Me'onot Dalet dormitory complex
The dorm assigned to international students is across the street from campus. The dorms consist of apartments with four private bedrooms with a shared bathroom, kitchen and common area.

  • Bed, desk, closet, chair, lamp
  • Central AC
  • Internet connection (Wi-Fi)

Students will have to bring their own linens, pillows, blankets, kitchenware, cooking equipment and eating utensils.

Independent Housing
Students may elect to find independent housing in sharehouses or apartments. There are several rental opportunities available around the main BGU campus. Students are encouraged to book a room in a local hotel or hostel for the first few days of stay in order to find a long-term housing option that best suits their needs.

Program costs

Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple.

Eligibility

Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University. 

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: April 1 for the fall semester/academic year and spring priority; September 1 for the spring semester