There are differences between the BGU academic calendar and the OSP academic calendar. The fall semester of the two programs differs slightly while the spring semester aligns more closely. Dates below referring to the start and end of BGU classes/exams are shown for those students who wish to take courses directly at BGU. All OSP dates are subject to adjustment due to changes in BGU’s academic calendar.

Please note that the ulpan is required for all semester/yearlong students.

2019-2020 Academic Calendar

Summer Ulpan 2019
Recommended Flight July 24
Last Day to Arrive in Israel July 25
Orientation Weekend (mandatory) July 26-27
Summer Ulpan Begins July 28
End of Short Ulpan (4 weeks) August 22
End of Ulpan (6 weeks) and Final Exam September 4
Last Day to Check-out of Dorms for
Ulpan-only Students
September 5

 

Fall Semester 2019
Beginning of OSP Fall Semester September 8
Rosh Hashannah Vacation (no classes) September 29 – October 1
Yom Kippur (no classes) October 8-9
Sukkot Vacation (no classes) October 13-21
Beginning of BGU Fall Semester
October 27
OSP Midterm Exam Period November 3-7
End of OSP Fall Classes December 17
OSP Final Exam Period December 18-23
Last Day to Check-out of Dorms* December 24
Channukah Vacation December 29
All Final Papers Due for OSP Courses January 9
End of BGU Fall Classes
January 24
End of BGU Final Exam Period
February 14

 

*For OSP fall semester only students; yearlong students do not need to checkout during the mid-year break.

 

Winter Ulpan 2020
Recommended Flight January 8
Last Day to Arrive in Israel January 9
Orientation Weekend (mandatory) January 10-11
Winter Ulpan Begins January 12
End of Short Ulpan (4 weeks) February 6
End of Ulpan (6 weeks) and Final Exam February 19
Last Day to Check-out of Dorms for
Ulpan-only Students
February 20

 

Spring Semester 2020
Beginning of OSP/BGU Spring Semester March 8
Purim Vacation (no classes) March 10
Passover Vacation (no classes) April 5-17
Memorial Day & Independence Day (no classes) April 28-29
OSP Midterm Exam Period May 7-11
Shavuot (no classes) May 28-29
End of OSP Spring Classes June 18
OSP Final Exam Period June 21 – July 3
End of BGU Spring Classes June 26
Last Day to Checkout of Dorms July 5
All Final Papers Due for OSP Courses July 16
End of BGU Final Exam Period July 17