Ben-Gurion University boasts an outstanding international reputation in multi-disciplinary academics and research. OSP students will be exposed to many of the top instructors at the University through a variety of courses taught in English. Topics vary from anthropology, environmental studies, and political science to global health, business, and Israel studies. Students may take courses from a wide range of academic disciplines while on the program.

Hebrew language studies are also emphasized as the key to unlocking Israeli culture and society. Coursework is enhanced by a variety of volunteer opportunities and educational excursions, all of which combine to provide a tremendously rich academic experience.

For a list of schools affiliated with the OSP, click here. Students from institutions not on this list are welcome to apply to the OSP and should check with their study abroad office regarding the appropriate procedures.

For information on BGU graduate programs taught in English, click here.

OSP Orientation Weekend Trip

All OSP participants partake in an orientation weekend trip that provides important logistical information about what to expect from your time in Israel while highlighting and exposing you to the beauty of Southern Israel. This trip is included in your tuition fees and provides a great way for participants to get to know each other as well as the OSP student counselors. Orientation is mandatory unless prior exemption has been given by the New York office. For a list of previous orientation trips, click here.

Upon your return from the weekend trip, orientation continues with presentations from various members of the BGU community. Representatives from the following offices, companies, and student groups have spoken at past orientations:

  • OSP Beer-Sheva Office
  • Harel Insurance
  • BGU Safety and Security Office
  • BGU International Club
  • BGU Hillel

Pre-Departure Orientation

While the OSP doesn’t require a pre-departure orientation for its students, the New York office is happy to conduct pre-departure orientations in person or via phone/Skype for those students who would like one. If you’re interested, please contact us.