Daniel Dray SEAS'19

Mountain and lake

Arava Institute

Language of Instruction: English
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Live on a kibbutz in Israel while studying natural and social environmental sciences

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


The Arava Institute offers a university-level, interdisciplinary study abroad program where you receive a cutting-edge environmental education and take part in the regional peace-building process with students from all over the world. You enroll in 4-5 courses, all of which are taught in English. You live in shared apartments on a kibbutz.


You can choose from a wide variety of courses in the areas of natural and social environmental studies. Courses include: water management, renewable energy, ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental politics, and more. Students can also pursue an independent research project in the framework of a 3-credit elective independent study course. All courses are taught in English. You can also consider pursuing an independent study project while on the program. Field trips are incorporated into the academic coursework in order to better understand how these issues are dealt with in a real world context.

Program Features

The Arava Institute is located on a kibbutz which gives you an interesting communal living environment in which you will live and study with students from all over the Middle East and the world. A variety of extra-curricular activities are available on the kibbutz including yoga, hiking, gardening and camping.

All students live in shared apartments. An effort is made to ensure that each apartment consists of students from a variety of different countries and cultures.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
The Middle East and North Africa
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021