The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
"Nature knows no bounds”


Location and Demographics
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) provides students with a unique learning environment. The Institute is located on Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava Rift Valley in southern Israel, about 30 minutes north of Eilat. To learn about what a “kibbutz” community is, and what daily life is like on Kibbutz Ketura, visit the AIES website.

Each year, students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, the United States, and around the world study together at the Institute.

The Campus
The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is the leading institute for environmental studies and research in the Middle East.

Students have the opportunity to take interdisciplinary coursework taught in English related to natural and social environmental fields of study, including environmental sciences, environmental ethics, policy and economics, renewable energy, ecology, and sustainability. In addition to the 4 to 5 courses that students take each semester, students also complete a non-credit Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminar to have an open dialogue about culture, religion, and the political situation in the region.

Descriptions of Courses Taught at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Semester Course List

Each semester, there is at least one multi-day field trip offered that is meant to give students the opportunity to examine environmental issues firsthand. Descriptions of the field trips that are typically offered are available on the AIES website.

In addition to coursework, students can take advantage of many social activities that are coordinated by a Campus Life Team.

Academic Calendar
The fall semester is from early September to early January
The spring semester is from early February to early June

Current Academic Calendar

Dormitory housing is available year round on the main campus at the AIES. Generally, each dormitory unit houses up to eight students, with two students sharing a bedroom and bathroom. Each dorm also has a large common area and a kitchen.

For more information about student housing, view the AIES website.


Application & Deadline
Applications and inquiries should be directed to the SUNY Oneonta Office of International Education only. A completed SUNY Overseas Academic Programs Application is due to the OIE by April 15 for the Fall Semester and by November 1 for the Spring semester.

Download the Overseas Academic Programs Application form.

Semester Cost Sheet

The program is open to all majors, but applicants should have a strong interest in environmental studies. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to participate.



Contact Us

OIE Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Mailing Address: Office of International Education SUNY College at Oneonta 111 Schumacher Hall Oneonta, NY 13820
USA Tel: 607-436-3369 Fax: 607-436-2475

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Prospective Students

Our Location Founded in 1889 in “Honor and Good Faith,” the College is strategically located in beautiful upstate New York. Oneonta is home to the Foothills Performing Arts Center and just 30 minutes to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
The campus is surrounded by 360 degree mountain views and is close to the Catskill Mountains. Upstate NewYork is a four-season state with mild summers, cool nights, and beautiful spring foliage. Fall is colorful and winters offer plenty of snow, ideal for snowboarding and skiing. The campus is 4.5 hours to New York City (NYC) by bus and 1 hour from Albany, the capital of New York and a major shopping area.
Oneonta has a progressive, local and interstate bus system running 7 days per week with routine stops on campus. DowntownOneonta is walking distance from SUNY and has local shopping, unique gift shops, restaurants, farmer’s markets, and entertainment in this historic city. A nearby shopping mall is a short distance to the campus by bus.
The Albany International Airport is just over 1 hour away—The OIE office provides free airport pickup for new student arrivals. JFK International Airport is also within reach and has an Airtrack/railway/bus system direct to Oneonta.

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How to Apply

Starting Your Overseas Journey: Step-by-Step
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