As part of its expanding Exchange Program, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has signed strategic agreements with universities around the world. Students participating in an exchange program study abroad pay their regular tuition fees and earn credits towards their degrees back home.


Who is an Exchange Student?

Your university has an exchange agreement with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev that entitles you to apply to study for a semester or a year at BGU without paying tuition fees. All Exchange students must be nominated by their home institutions in order to apply to BGU.

What can I study at BGU?

Exchange Students may choose courses from:

· Courses Taught in English (Language Courses included)

*While most International programs at BGU are at the Master's level, students who are in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies may also be accepted into courses from these programs.

** Please Note: The Summer courses @BGU are not included under the tuition-free options available to exchange students. 

How do I apply?

Please contact your International Office in order to be nominated as an exchange student. Once you are nominated, see our "How to Apply​" page for more information. 

Application deadlines:

Fall / Full Year – May 15th
Spring – November 15th

Who will handle my application at BGU?

Your application, admission, registration and all logistics associated with your arrival in Israel will be handled through the BGU International Office at BGU.


What if I am nominated for research mobility?

The first step is to find a host with research interests that match your academic background and goals. Research mobility can be conducted in all six BGU faculties, in all fields of research.
To find a host please visit Scholars@BGU. After receiving a host agreement, please apply using this link.

What if I have questions?

For specific questions concerning the rights of exchange students and other non-degree students to participate in courses, admission status, housing, arrival, and other logistics, please contact bussibal@bgu.ac.il, we'll be happy to help you.

What will be the tuition​ or fees I will have to pay?

Campus Security and Student Union Affiliation Fee:

Semester - $150 USD

Year - $300 USD

​On-Campus Housing Fees:

$450 USD per month (or part of a month)


​Exchange students will also have the option of participating in weekly activities and trips around Israel, organized by BGU International Office, and should expect to pay a minimal fee per chosen activity/trip.