Study in Israel, and find the best universities in Israel.
This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Israel.
What do you know about Israel? At just 68 years old it is a young country with a controversial past, but it is also home to some world class universities which are perfect places to study a degree.
Israel is a cultural, religious and historical marvel. From the old world of Jerusalem to the party town of Tel Aviv, there are plenty of places to interest international students.
It is a nation with a fast developing economy renowned for its innovation and entrepreneurship that has earned the nickname ‘the start-up nation’.
This ideal runs through its higher education system with a strong selection of courses not only in science, engineering and technology subjects but across all subjects.
Bachelor Degree In Israel
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Universities in Israel
Higher education in Israel is of an excellent standard despite the country’s small stature.
Israel is home to nine institutions offering undergraduate degrees.
Unsurprisingly, Middle Eastern studies and theology undergraduate degrees are extremely popular with international students.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s premier university and is home to more than 2,000 international students in a total of 23,000 students across its four campuses in Jerusalem and Rehovot.
Tel Aviv University is Israel’s largest university and is home to 1,200 international students, out of a total of 30,000, who study across its nine faculties. It is one of the country’s most prestigious universities and is top for research output.
The oldest university in Israel is Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and ranks highly in the subjects of computer science and mathematics. It has been hailed as Israel’s version of top-rated US institution Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ranks at number 18 in the QS Top 50 Under 50 that ranks the best universities under 50 years old. It is home to 20,000 students across three campuses.
Tuition Fees in Israel
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Israel’s undergraduate degree is the bachelor’s degree which, depending on the university, can range in subjects from a bachelor of arts in liberal arts to a bachelor of science in electrical and electronics engineering.
Tel Aviv University, for example, has international bachelor’s degree programs focused on high academic standards mixed with multicultural environments.
There is no centralised application system to apply for undergraduate degrees in Israel, and you’ll need to apply to each individual university.
You may be asked to take a psychometric entrance test as part of your admissions procedure to an Israeli university.
The test will cover three areas: quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and English language. You are able to take the test in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish and a combined Hebrew/English.
Immigration & Visa in Israel
Advice on Immigration & Visa in Israel, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.
Students whose study period in Israel will last longer than three months will need to obtain an A2 student visa prior to travelling. It is valid for up to a year with multiple entrances and exits.
Go to the closest Israeli consulate to you with a signed application (this can be found on the website for the Israeli government.
You’ll also need two passport photos, certification that says you were accepted to study in Israel (from your host university), proof of financial means, a travel document and payment for the visa fee.
There will be a visa processing fee of US$46.
You will also need to have valid health insurance for the duration of your studies. This may be included in the tuition fees request from your university but it may also be necessary to purchase private health insurance.
Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Israel
Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Israel.
Students who have been accepted onto an undergraduate degree in Israel have three main options when it comes to finding somewhere to live:
• University provided accommodation
• Private accommodation
Most undergraduate students will choose to live in accommodation provided directly by their chosen university. The benefits of this include having somewhere to stay immediately on arrival, as well as being in a student led environment where everything is geared towards supporting you during your studies.
Finding private accommodation in Israel is relatively straightforward once you are in the country, and is perfect for those travelling with families or those who want more space to themselves.
Compared to areas like the USA and Europe, the cost of living in Israel is relatively low. However, this does vary depending on what you are looking at. For example, salaries are generally lower in Israel but so is healthcare. However, groceries and luxuries like cars are more expensive to buy in Israel.
It is suggested you will need about US$10,500 per year to study in Israel.
Advice For Parents
Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Israel. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.
How safe is Israel?
Israel has an international reputation for being a war-torn, dangerous place, which is either an aggressor or defender, depending on your viewpoint. However, Israel also had a record number of visitors in 2012, so what is the truth? The reality is somewhere in the middle. Yes, conflict and safety warnings are a constant theme here, but equal measures are in place to keep students secure, from security scanning at public buildings to car checks.
Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill
Apply to Study in Israel
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If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way. You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.