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BGU Overseas Student Program Adopted by the University of California State System

BGU Overseas Student Program Adopted by the University of California State System

June 28, 2012

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NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 – The state university system of California has re-joined the list of world-class universities that will send students to the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

The University of California is the elite state university system with 10 schools, including UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Together, these 10 schools have more than 220,000 students and represent the largest single U.S. market. 

UC was for many years a major pipeline of students for Israel semester and year study abroad programs. However, U.S. State Department travel warnings led them to remove Israel from the list of approved countries for UC’s overseas programs for some 10 years.

“Our students are drawn to the majesty of the desert, the immersion into a diverse Israeli community and a unique curriculum that maximizes the University’s expertise and opportunities,” says Stanley Ginsburg, who is a founder and funder of the program along with Ira Ingerman—both from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“We know that when you offer academic excellence you have a product that is easy to market. I’m thrilled that UC has recognized that and will once again allow their students to gain the unique experiences and knowledge at Ben-Gurion University that they couldn’t get anywhere else,” he adds.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has several extraordinary English-language degree-programs, including the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, the Medical School for International Health and the Israel Studies International Program that attract students from around the world. Many of their outstanding courses in ecology, sustainable development, global health, and Israel studies are offered to non-degree students who participate in the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program.

“After years of outreach, we’re pleased that UC has re-engaged with us to provide an educational and rewarding experience in the Negev at Israel’s most popular university,” says Doron Krakow, executive vice president of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU). The OSP office for recruitment of North American students is run by AABGU’s national office in New York City.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

Media Contact:
Andrew Lavin
A. Lavin Communications