We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters!


We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. The deadlines for student applications are December 15th and July 15th, respectively. For interns, October 8th and June 1st. There has not been a single case of COVID-19 on Kibbutz Ketura, and the Kibbutz and the Institute are both taking every precaution to keep students, faculty, and staff members safe.

Spring 2020 Student Spotlight

“The most special part of my semester was the Pesach celebration that I helped organize during the lockdown. Since every other year, students at AIES have spring break over Passover, there has never been a community celebration of the holiday. With the country on lockdown and students confined to campus, I, along with a few other students, coordinated not one, but six different socially distanced Seders. I was proud to have taken on this task as it turned out to be an impactful and unifying event for the entire program.” – Shmuel, Pittsburgh

My main takeaway was the strong sense of community, not only within the Institute but the kibbutz as well. It did not take long to make everyone feel welcomed into the program. My favorite class was Organic Food Production—it was really exciting to have a class where I could apply what I learned in lectures during the course’s hands-on component. It was amazing to hike for the first time in my life, and to see several cities and their different histories and ambiences to them. Moreover, it was really insightful and eye-opening to listen to people’s stories regarding their relationship with these places and regions.” – Sahara, Puerto Rico

Our ever-growing international alumni community remains as active as ever! Now that everyone is on Zoom, Arava Institute alumni are seizing the opportunity to connect with each other through virtual workshops and lectures. So far, they have come together to practice Arabic, learn about the ecology of the Amazon Rainforest, and share what they’re currently working on.

Now offering Mini-Classes

We are taking full advantage of remote learning technology and offering to the public mini-lectures with our own faculty. In the upcoming weeks, topics will cover nano-satellites in climate research and sampling COVID-19 in wastewater. You can watch past classes on our Facebook page.

Our ancient dates breakthrough

Our Judean date palm “Methuselah” has become a landmark at the Arava Institute. This year, Dr. Elaine Solowey successfully germinated six more ancient seeds, and just last week saw their first fruits! Read more on this story at the New York Times by clicking here.

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, current students and interns put together a video about the Arava Institute for the Earth Day Network. Check it out on our Facebook page here!