Health, Safety and Security
Ben-Gurion University requires that all students carry comprehensive medical insurance. Regardless of any other coverage you may already have, you must be covered by the Harel Insurance Company. This insurance offers a comprehensive health insurance policy specially designed for overseas students.
You must disclose all pre-existing medical problems. The Israeli general policy does not cover pre-existing conditions. If you have a pre-existing condition, coverage may be arranged in advance. For specific information about this please contact Harel Insurance.
The policy is affiliated with Kupat Holim Clalit, Israel’s largest system of medical clinics, which has a clinic on campus. The policy covers expenses for visits to doctors' offices, medication, doctor-requested medical tests and full hospitalization. Billing is done directly by the medical server to the insurance company. The policy is valid only in Israel, but offers additional health insurance coverage for travel outside of Israel. There is no deductible.
Health Clinic and Hospital
For more information, visit the section on the Health Center.
Safety and Security
Student safety and security is a priority of OSP. BGU has an active and visible security division that is responsible for security throughout the University. Security guards are located at every campus entrance and at the dormitories, which are patrolled 24 hours a day.
Upon arrival at the University, students receive a security orientation, which includes instructions on how to best assure your own safety in Israel.
The Israeli director of OSP provides updated security briefings throughout the semester, with the input of the University's security division. He is also in regular contact with the American Embassy concerning security in Israel and throughout the region.
Students do not need to take buses for any regular University activity. Every study visit or excursion sponsored by OSP must be approved by the University security division. All excursions are accompanied by an armed guard and a medic.
You are requested to inform at least one member of the OSP staff of your whereabouts if you are planning to travel out of Beer-Sheva on weekends and holidays. If you plan to travel abroad during a vacation period, a special form indicating your itinerary must be submitted to the OSP office in Israel.
It is a requirement of the program that all students carry a working cell phone (with texting capabilities) while in Israel so that they can be reached by on-site staff. Information on cell phone service is provided by the NY OSP office prior to departure to Israel.