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Welcome Center

​​​​​Your home away from home!

The Welcome Center for International Students & Researchers sits at the heart of Ben-Gurion University's main campus in Beer-Sheva. The Center is a hub for international researchers, students, employees, and accompanying family members.

We offer a welcoming environment for students to attend events in English, celebrate holidays together, and consult with our staff on a range of different topics - including guidance on obtaining a visa, housing advice, and more.

We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

Welcome Center Services



We provide information and guidance in the process of obtaining visas and visa extensions for the BGU International community, including work permits & work visas for international employees, and visas for accompanying family members.

Health Insurance

We guide students, researchers, and employees in choosing the right health insurance policy for them. This includes renewing health insurance and ensuring that you have the right information ready when you need to apply for your visa or visa renewal.

Social Events

We organize orientation events for new international students and researchers at the start of each semester and plan social activities throughout the year. For updated schedules and information on events, please follow us on Instagram!

General Inquiries

Our dedicated Welcome Center staff guides students, researchers, and employees coming from outside Israel through every stage of their journey at BGU. Our staff is here for you, and we look forward to meeting you!

Welcome Center Events

International students & researchers are invited to join in weekly activities and events - including lectures, cooking nights, trips around Israel, holiday celebrations and more!

Want to see updates from recent events? Follow us on Instagram!


Join our Amazing Events!

At the BGU International Welcome Center, we extend a warm invitation to explore our diverse calendar of weekly and monthly events, accessible to all. Immerse yourself and become part of our unique international community by joining our range of excursions, social gatherings, film screenings, lectures, culinary workshops, Krav Maga sessions, and much more.

Our Team

​​​​​​The Welcome Center Staff is here for you

Lior Rozenthal-Almoznino (She\her) | Director

With 18 years of diverse cross-university experience, Lior brings a unique understanding of the system and a sensitive approach to the student individual.

Polina Domalevski (She\her) | Coordinator

Responsible for providing information and assistance with visa applications and medical insurance for international students and international university staff. Polina is the coordinator for the following: - Faculty of Health Sciences - Faculty of Engineering - Office of International Academic Affairs - Work Permits and Work Visas​

Liat Hitibash​ (She\her) | Coordinator

Liat's primary responsibilities include assisting international students and staff with their visa applications and health insurance requirements. Liat is the coordinator for the following: - Faculty of Natural Sciences - Faculty of Humanities - Faculty of Business & Management
Our dedicated team is here to guide you throughout your BGU experience.
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