BGU is Israel’s fastest growing institution of higher education, most sought after by students and faculty alike. With an international reputation for multidisciplinary research, a modern 21st century campus, and a dynamic student body, the University jumped 12 spots to #18 in the QS World University Rankings Top 50 Under 50 2015 having risen nine spots from the previous year.
BGU remains true to its founding purpose by actively promoting high-technology, desert preservation, water resource management, alternative energy, international health services, and education in the Negev region, while also building bridges of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors through initiatives in science, research and development. The University, in partnership with the Municipality of Be'er Sheva and KUD International LLC, has begun work on the Advanced Technologies Park, located directly adjacent to the main BGU campus and the Israel Railways intercity rail station with the primary mission of promoting technology and commercialization of cutting-edge research and innovation being developed through BGU and affiliate institutions such as the Soroka University Medical Center and the National Institute of Biotechnology in the Negev. One of the fields in which BGU has become a leader is cyber security.
In the last 10 years, BGU’s student population has tripled to more than 19,000, and is expected to continue to grow. Its diverse student body hails from cities and villages all over Israel and includes native born Israelis, Jews and Arabs, including Bedouins, as well as new immigrants from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union and other countries.
BGU is a known favorite among students and it is easy to understand why. A recent survey conducted by Israel’s Council for Higher Education, rated BGU the #1 university by Israeli undergraduate students, noted for its warm ambiance and personal approach. Students from around the country come to BGU not only for the incredible academic opportunities, but also for its vibrant and engaged campus atmosphere. BGU is unique for Israeli universities in that the majority of students live on or near campus, creating a unique environment for study abroad students. Approximately 2/3 of the student body involved in some kind of volunteering or community engagement, and participants in the OSP are highly encouraged to take advantage of BGU’s active student life.
A substantial amount of funding is available to students applying for a semester or academic year through the Ginsburg Scholarship Fund. Scholarship awards are based on economic need. Recipients will be notified of their awards after acceptance to the program.
The grants can be used to cover travel expenses within Israel for one of the following purposes, to
1) continue or develop a research project with a faculty supervisor from your home institution;
2) develop a project or research for personal or academic development;
3) supplement work in the BGU research internship program with relevant travel; or
4) engage in an independent study with a BGU faculty supervisor (must be approved by the faculty member).