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Israeli higher education institutions provide a diversity of academic programs in English for international students, ranging from short-term courses to full degree programs

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In addition to a large variety of programs for undergraduate and Master’s degree students, Israeli universities also welcome international students and researchers for PhD and post-doctoral research, where they are able to work hand-in-hand with some of the world’s best researchers in their fields.

Israel has a long tradition of academic excellence, boasting world class universities, colleges and research institutions. It is home to 61 higher education institutions: 9 universities, 31 colleges and 21 education colleges. They are all accredited and supervised by the Council for Higher Education, the national body which oversees Israel’s higher education system. All Israeli universities and 41 of the colleges are publicly financed, while 12 colleges are privately funded. Whether in a public or private institution, students in Israel receive a high-quality academic education for a fraction of the price of a degree in other countries.

Among the most popular fields of study for international students in Israel:

Science and Engineering

As a world leader in science and engineering, Israeli scientists have won four Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, three Turing Awards (the highest distinction in computer science), a Fields Medal, Shaw Prize and Abel Prize (awarded for excellence in mathematics). Israel ranks seventh globally in the number of citations per scientific publication and is particularly strong in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry and Life Sciences. From inventive scientists at the forefront of medicine to creative engineers celebrated across the globe, faculty in Israel are engaged in cutting-edge research in all STEM fields.

Learning about Israeli innovation first-handCredit: Yoav Pichersky

Business and Entrepreneurship

Israelis are known as out-of-the-box thinkers and risk-takers. These qualities are what make Israel the “Start-Up Nation” and are the reason leading companies from around the world chose to open R&D centers in Israel. This sense of innovation is rooted in Israel’s higher education institutions, with many academic programs targeting students who want to succeed in business and entrepreneurship. Some programs also include opportunities to conduct internships in leading companies from around the world, giving students the opportunity to gain real experience and build their CVs.

International Relations, Middle East Studies and Jewish Studies

Israel gives students an unparalleled opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding of the political, social, and economic dimensions of the Middle East and the international diplomatic arena. The birthplace of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Israel is the perfect place to study religion, especially Jewish Studies, with some of the world’s top scholars. Archaeology programs are also very strong, with students having the ability to study ruins dating thousands of years old. Higher education institutions in Israel offer a range of programs in these fields, including ancient to contemporary studies, Archeology, Security and Counterterrorism, Hebrew and Arabic language studies.

Sustainability and Agriculture

Students concerned with sustainability and the environment should consider studying in Israel. Many of Israel's higher education institutions are engaged in teaching and research related to agriculture and sustainability, which are of critical importance to the world's environment. Since the first kibbutz farmers struck their hoes in Israeli soil, a great deal of progress has been made in the country’s agriculture sector. Israel's challenging environment and lack of natural resources has led it to become an agricultural "incubator" of ideas, developing new kinds of plants as well as revolutionary agricultural innovations. Drip irrigation technologies are one famous example of Israel's success in this field.

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