Location and Culture
A small nation nestled between the Mediterranean and Red Seas, Israel contains geographically diverse features and a unique atmosphere of past and future, simultaneously rooted in its rich history and set on the cutting edge of innovation. Israel is a hub for entrepreneurship, home to more high-tech startups per capita than any other nation in the world. Students will be divided between two locations: Eliat, near the Red Sea, and Be'er Sheva, on the northern edge of the Negev Desert. Eliat’s average February temperatures range from 51°F to 72°F; Be'er Sheva’s temperatures range from 46°F to 66°F.
Housing and Meals
WPI students in Eilat will live on a kibbutz, or communal settlement with single and double rooms, at the nearby Arava Institute. WPI students in Be’er Sheva will stay in apartments, and take taxis or walk to work. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Israeli cuisine adopts elements of various styles of Jewish cuisine and regional Levantine cuisine, particularly the Mizrahi, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi styles of cooking. It may be difficult to find food that is non-Kosher, such as pork products. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.
Past students at the Israel project center have:
- Improved manufacturing processes for a small high-tech company
- Explored alternative energy solutions
- Improved clean water access