The semester and yearlong programs are designed for undergraduate students and recent graduates seeking a formative academic period of study in Israel. Outstanding college freshmen and graduating high school seniors seeking a gap year experience are encouraged to contact the New York office regarding submitting an application.

All OSP participants for a semester or year enroll in a 6-week Ulpan (intensive Hebrew language program) prior to the start of the semester, unless an exemption is granted. Following the Ulpan, students enroll in academic courses and continue their study of Hebrew language. We offer English-taught courses in disciplines such as anthropology, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, gender/women’s studies, global health, history, innovation, Israel Studies, Jewish Studies, linguistics, literature, Middle Eastern Studies, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, and sustainability.

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In addition, students are welcome to choose courses from academic disciplines that are of particular strength to the OSP and BGU:

Students are encouraged to complement their coursework with research internships, independent study, and volunteer opportunities.

Courses at BGU
Every semester, BGU offers some undergraduate courses taught in English in other departments. Applicants who wish to enroll in these courses should have sufficient academic background in the relevant discipline. Students with adequate knowledge of Hebrew are welcome to enroll in undergraduate classes taught in Hebrew. Enrollment in courses in other departments at the University is subject to the individual professor’s approval.

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