The Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut provides tuition scholarships for students to study abroad at the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies in Kibbutz Ketura, Israel.
The scholarships for this program are generously funded by a grant from the Alan B. Slifka Foundation.
If you would like more information on how to apply for tuition funding for this unique and exciting academic opportunity, please contact Rachel Jackson at the Human Rights Institute
About the Arava Institute Program
The Arava Institute is at the forefront of environmental studies and research in the Middle East. Accredited through Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Arava Institute offers students an opportunity to explore a range of environmental issues from an exceptional transboundary and interdisciplinary perspective. Under the guidance of leading environmental professionals and researchers, students maintain a full course-load in environmental studies that focuses on water management, renewable energy, ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental politics, and more.
- Courses focus on the areas of water management, renewable energy, ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental politics, and more. Students can also pursue an independent research project in the framework of a 3-credit elective independent study course. All courses are taught in English.
- Concepts from the classroom are brought to life in a real-world context through applied learning opportunities and transboundary field trips. During field trips, students meet with experts on regional environmental issues and conflict resolution, hear from local stakeholders, and visit historic sites.
- Complete HRTS 4291 Human Rights Internship through participation in weekly Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminars. In these seminars, students engage in dialog, exploring issues of culture, religion, identity, environmental activism, and the current political situation while developing competencies in intercultural understanding, empathy, and environmental leadership.
- The Arava Institute offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a cross-cultural environment with others who are equally passionate about building a more sustainable future. Our student body is comprised of approximately one-third Jewish students from Israel; one-third Arabs from Palestine, Jordan, and Israel; and one-third international students, primarily from North America. In this multicultural setting, students form connections and develop skills that enable them to lead their communities in addressing today’s most pressing environmental challenges after they leave the Institute.