Kibbutz Ketura, Israel

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies


The Institute is located on the grounds of Kibbutz Ketura, an oasis village in the scenic Arava Valley of southern Israel. The campus is a half-hour drive from the Red Sea resort cities of Eilat and Aqaba, and four hours from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The Academic Program

The Institute’s mission is to foster a regional perspective, crucial to the next generation of environmental professionals. TAUGHT IN ENGLISH, the Institute’s courses provide university students with technical literacy, public policy fundamentals, and comprehension of philosophical concepts necessary to participate actively and effectively in environmental matters.

The Arava Institute faculty are academic and practicing professionals who also guide students in independent study projects. Topics include wildlife captive breeding and repatriation, coral preservation, sustainable agriculture, and environmental activism and advocacy. This hands-on training contributes to a holistic educational experience.

The Institute’s facilities include an environmental research library, a computer lab with online access to the internet and regional resources, and scientific laboratory facilities.


Students must have completed at least one year at Allegheny and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Courses may have prerequisites.

Student Life

The Arava Institute offers more than just an academic experience: it enables students to become acquainted with life on a kibbutz, a unique agricultural community. Student rooms are near tennis courts, a swimming pool, a riding stable, soccer field and basketball court. Students take their meals with other kibbutz members in the dining hall. The kibbutz synagogue and reading library are available to Arava Institute students. A new campus adjacent to the kibbutz is currently under construction incorporating fundamentals of environmentally sustainable living and learning in the harsh desert environment. Besides dormitories, the campus plans include projects for self-building by future students in the program, an alternative energy center, a solid waste recycling facility, and innovative solutions for sewage treatment and reuse.

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit:


Students are charged Allegheny tuition, fees (including a $300 off-campus fee), AC double room and the mini meal plan for the Arava program. Allegheny aid is applied to program costs. Additional costs include insurance, international airfare, personal expenses (including passport, visa, and local transportation). Students must submit a $50.00 application fee with the application packet to Arava.