​Dear foreign student / researcher,

Shalom and welcome to Israel and to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). We appreciate your decision to study / conduct research at one of our campuses and hope that your arrival was smooth.

This guide  will accompany you during your stay in Israel, offering advice on matters concerning academic and private life.
(May also be downloaded as PDF)

We at the BGU International are here to help you throughout your time at BGU. Upon your arrival  you will be challenged with the adaption to a whole new lifestyle and environment. There may be topics and issues that are not covered by this guide – please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further assistance.

We hope that your experience in Israel will be successful, enriching and rewarding. Sincerely,
BGU International Ben-Gurion University of the Negev oiaa@bgu.ac.il

  1. Upon Arrival

  2. University Life
     - Academic Life
     - Grades
     - Library Services
     - Communication Technology on Campus
     - Student Union

  3. Private Life
    -  Transportation in Israel  (Modes of Transportation and Urban Transportation)
     - Telecommunication in Israel
     - Laundry
     - Religious Services
     - Shopping

  4. Activities in Beer-Sheva
    -  Sports
     - Eating Out
     - Making Music
     - Volunteering
     - Nightlife in Beer-Sheva
     - Shabbat in Beer-Sheva

  5. Healthcare
     - Urgent Care
     - Sexual Health/Contraception

  6. Mini-Dictionary by Subject (English-Hebrew) (Basic Communication, Eating and Drinking, Shopping, Numbers, Transportation / Directions)

  7. Staying Safe


Information for BGU hosts:
1. Inform the BGU International

2. Fill-out the form in the Visit-System

3. If possible, the BGU International will sign an ERASMUS+ Mobility agreement with sending Institution/University.

4. Arrange a meeting for the guest with the BGU International.