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Israel Culinary Arts Program
Eilat, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: February,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
September 2017 07/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 09/06/2017 02/02/2018
February 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
March 2018 11/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
May 2018 01/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
September 2018 05/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
Culinary Internship in Eilat, Israel
Located at the southern most point in Israel, the resort city of Eilat on the Red Sea is the largest tourist hotspot in Israel. There are over 140 hotels in Eilat; over 60 of them ranked as 5-star hotels (according to TripAdvisor). Resting along the Red Sea with its rich sea life, coral, and historical desert landmarks, Eilat draws tourists from all over the world looking for fun-in-the-sun and luxury hospitality.

Culinary Arts Internship Program

Participants with a background in cooking can spend their internships gaining certifications in Israeli, Middle-Eastern, and Mediterranean Cuisine. The courses would include the following topics (subject to change):
  • Israeli Cuisine: Salads, Entrees, Folk Foods, Vegan, and Fish-Based Starters
  • Mediterranean Cuisine, Cooking, and Recipes: Greek, Spanish, Moroccan, and Italiank
  • Middle Eastern Cuisine: Egyptian, Yemenite, and Lebanese
  • Pastry: Classic and Mediterranean
  • Theoretical Lessons: Wines & Alcohol, Nutrition, Food Hygiene & Sanitation, Cooking Safety, and the Kosher Kitchen
Program Inclusions
  1. Pickup and return transportation to and from airport.
  2. Israeli coordinator.
  3. ‘Soft landing’ orientation of Israeli life.
  4. Accommodation – 2 people sharing a double bedroom (single-sex rooms – complex is co-ed).
  5. Free wi-fi at accommodation.
  6. Three meals a day – served in the hotel employee dining room.
  7. $200 monthly stipend (equivalent paid in local currency – Israeli Shekels)
  8. Bus-pass for the city of Eilat.
  9. Culinary certification for Israeli, Middle Eastern, & Mediterranean cuisine through Ben-Gurion University.
  10. Internship placement at hotels in Eilat with rotation between two stations.
  11. Uniform to wear while interning in the hotels.
  12. Advanced seminars and workshops in hospitality and hotel management.
  13. Israel & Middle Eastern studies and tours.
  14. Field trips in Eilat and nearby area.
  15. Visa assistance (Student visa will be obtained).
  16. ISIC Card for international students.
  17. Optional: Lessons in English for non-English speakers or Hebrew lessons. 
In the hotel kitchens the following languages are supported: English, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, and Spanish. 

  • May 15 2017-October 15 2017
  • September 6 2017-February 2nd 2018
  • May 2018-November 2018.

  • 5 Month Program: $3500 (interns receive a $200 monthly stipend so actual final cost is $2500)

Additional Feesc
  • Airfare to/from Israel
  • Mobile Phone 
  • Personal Expenses

  • Participants must be current students or recent graduates (Ideally should be able to show permission to attend the program from your academic institution).
  • Must be able to speak and study in English.

Program Itineraryhousing on campus
  • Six days of activities per week (1 day off for free-time).
  • Two days are dedicated to studies and four days to professional internships.
    • 4 shifts of 9 hours a week (includes breaks) at 4 or 5-star hotels in Eilat.
  • Classes will be taught at Ben-Gurion University’s Eilat Campus. 
  • The program also includes relevant enrichment:
    • Weekly lectures from different holders of key positions in the hotel, such as marketing, security, and management.
    • Bi-monthly workshops and seminars on a wide range of related hospitality and culinary topics, like wine, meat, spices, and customer service.
    • On alternating weeks, lessons about Israel including people, history, Hebrew language and more.
  • 5 days of tours of Israel (3 days at program start and 2 days midway).
Eilat MarinaHousing (Included)
  • Monthly utilities (water, Electricity, security, wi-fi, cable TV, & taxes) are covered – Excessive use of electricity may incur a penalty charge, so please don’t forget to turn off the air-conditioner and the lights when you leave the room. 
  • The dormitories may also include a kettle, hot-plate, microwave and/or flatscreen cable TV. 
  • All rooms have en-suite toilets and shower/baths. 
  • Free access to outdoor swimming pool - open from April to November. 
  • Exercise room/gym monthly membership offered separately at a minimum charge.

Sample Dishes
  • Maf-rum-"Brisket" - beef patties with herbspastry
  • Hungarian goulash stew
  • Indian dish of chicken curry with root vegetables
  • Egyptian falafel from fresh chickpeas
  • Nicoise salad
  • Filo-cigars filled with salmon and Swiss chard 
  • Different types of tapas (hot and cold)
  • Types of fresh pasta + sauces (pomodoro, pesto, aioli)
  • Desserts and pastries
Participants will be taught a wide range of cuisines- from Spanish and Greek to Isreali, Indian, Lebanese, and more!
Tours (Included)

We hope that our students will bond and form friendships that will last! To facilitate this, the program starts with three days of touring in Israel.  Towards the half-way point of the program, another two day tour of Israel is included. Destinations: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Galilee, and more! 

Sea of Galilee & Tiberius:
Visit to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus proclaimed his Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Tabgha and visit the traditional site of the Multiplication Miracle of Loaves and Fish, as well as the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. We will then drive to Capernaum, the center of Jesus' Ministries. See the remains of the ancient Synagogue and the house of Peter. Visit Nazareth Village, which re-enacts village life

Arrive at the Mount of Olives to marvel at the spectacular view of the Holy City. Continue to Mt. Zion, just outside the City Walls, to view the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Enter the Old City of Jerusalem and walk via the rebuilt Jewish Quarter and the Roman Cardo to the Western Wall (or Wailing Wall). Walk a part of the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit to the City of David. Continue to the Bible Lands Museum, and then onto the Israel Museum to visit the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed and to see the model of Jerusalem during the Second Temple.