Ben-Gurion University of the Negev or אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב (BGU) - public higher education institution in Israel. BGU was officially founded in 1964. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has an urban campus in Beersheba.

University ranking. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is among the best educational institutions in Israel, that is among the top 5 universities according to the national rankings. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Is quite remarkable as it is among the best world universities. Its expertise lay in the fields of: «Engineering and Technology», «Life Sciences and Medicine», «Natural Science», «Computer Science».

Application process and the cost of tuition. Кроме результатов экзаменов для поступления в учебное заведение необходимо предоставить информацию о предыдущей успеваемости. Academic year of the university consists of two semesters. A year of bachelor studies will cost you around 11,000 USD. A master’s degree of BGU will cost a student a significant sum of 11,200 USD per year. The university has a variety of scholarship programs that students can take part in. Before starting to plan your education at BGU read more information on the official website

The composition of the university. Being a medium scale university, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev teaches more than 18 thousand students. Being a foreign citizen does not exclude you from the admission process. One in 6 students is a foreigner. The teaching staff is 988 specialists. The amount of foreign specialists is very considerable. BGU has international student exchange programs between partner universities. More information regarding the life of the university can be found on its social media pages:Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of BGU. The university has a dedicated library. The campus dormitories that can be offered to the students upon request.
Ranking   317   4
אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב
Country Israel
City Beersheba
Bachelor (foreigners) 11,000 USD/year.
Master (foreigners) 11,200 USD/year.
Bachelor (citizens) 797 USD/year.
Master (citizens) 797 USD/year.
Living expenses $560 -1,133 USD/month
Official Website
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1964
Abbreviation BGU
Teachers 988
Students 18,230
Foreigners 18%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on grades and examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Israel's capacity for science and research will be tested in the Negev...
• Ministry of Education, Israel
World ranking 317
Country ranking 4
Quality of teaching 323
International Faculty 148
International Students 226
Citations per Faculty 168
Ranking in world by sphere
Engineering and Technology 377
Life Sciences and Medicine 360
Natural Science 358
Ranking in world by discipline
Computer Science 101
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 317
QS World University Rankings 259
ARWU Academic Ranking 401
Cost of living in Beersheba
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 194 215
Food 188 395
Transportation 41 132
Communications and utilities 70 102
Clothing 33 123
Sports and leisure 33 166
Total 560 1,133
Accommodation in Beersheba USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 196
Shared room in city centre 218
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 356
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 383
Alternative title
Arabic جامعة بن غوريون في النقب
German Ben-Gurion-Universität des Negev
Spanish Universidad Ben-Gurion del Néguev
French Université Ben Gourion du Néguev
Japanese ネゲブのベングリオン大学
Korean 벤 구리온 네게브대학
Portuguese universidade de Ben-Gurion do Negev
Russian Университет имени Бен-Гуриона
Chinese 内盖夫本·古里安大学
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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Official Description

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with its main campus in Beer Sheva, Israel, was created in 1969 and named after David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister. From its inception, BGU has been dedicated to community improvement and education, as well as fulfilling Ben-Gurion’s charismatic vision of making the desert bloom with agriculture, science, technology, and primarily with innovation. Today, some 40 years later, BGU has more than 20,000 students spread over 3 campuses in Beer Sheva, 1 in Sde Boqer, and 1 in Eilat. It has Faculties in Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Health Sciences, and Business and Management; Schools of International Health, and Desert Studies. This year, BGU is granting over 5,400 degrees, including Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A., M.H.A., M.Sc., M.Med.Sc., M.N., M.P.T., M.A., B.Sc., B.A., B.S.W., B.Med.Sc., B.N., B.P.T., B.Med.Lab.Sc., and one of the few places in the world granting a B.EMS, Bachelor’s in Emergency Medicine Services. The student body – as well as the faculty body – is diverse, hailing from all parts of Israel and including all ethnicities, merging together Jews, Christians, and Moslems, native Jewish, Bedouin, and Arab Israelis, immigrants from Western World countries, Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, and other countries. The programs...

Description of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The establishment of the “Institute for Higher Education in the Negev” was initiated by the residents of Beer-Sheva and the Negev during the early 1960s. Teachers from other academic institutions in Israel provided higher education in Beer-Sheva. Continuous efforts to convince the government to establish a full-fledged university in the Negev, in southern Israel, were fruitful, and on November, 9, 1969, Yigal Alon, the Minister of Education and acting Prime Minister, announced that the Government had decided to build and support the “University of the Negev.” In November 1970, the first meeting of the Board of Governors took place, and the “Institute for Higher Education in the Negev” became the “University of the Negev.”
The University was formally accredited by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) in 1973 and after the death of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first and legendary prime minister, it was officially named “Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.”
The University started to take shape on the Beit HIAS (a former hostel) campus in Beer-Sheva during the early 1970s. It gradually came to include faculties of Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, a Medical School, Institutes for Applied Research, an Institute for Desert Research, and the Ben-Gurion of the Negev Heritage Institute.
During the second half of the 1970s, the CHE authorized the University to grant Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Medical Doctor (MD) degrees. The Leon and
Matilda Recanati School of Community Health Professions was also founded during this period.
During the 1980s, growth continued, new departments and study programs were opened, and the number of applications increased. In the early 1990s, academic cooperation agreements with many institutions throughout the world were signed, students from abroad were admitted to the University, and the number of students surpassed 10,000.
The past ten years have been marked by a rapid increase in the number of students, from about 11,000 in 1995/6 to over 19,500 by 2011/2012. The Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, which administers all PhD studies, was established in 1997, and generous fellowships began to be offered to outstanding PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows. During that period, new departments and study programs were added, among them the School of Management (which has recently become The Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management), the Department of Middle East Studies, and the Department of Politics and Government.
The University has five campuses: (a) three in Beer-Sheva: the Marcus Family Campus (the main campus), the David Tuviyahu Campus (formerly Beit HIAS) and the David Bergmann Campus, (b) one in Sede Boqer (south of Beer-Sheva), which includes: the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, the Albert Katz International School for Desert Research, and the Ben-Gurion of the Negev Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, and (c) the University’s newest campus in Eilat, established in 2003. The Eilat Campus offers BA and BSc and MA & MSc degrees in several fields. Approximately 800 students are currently studying there.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev includes: the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Business and Management, and the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research.

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