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A Practical Guide to Studying in Israel

The process of going to study in a foreign country can often seem daunting. Here are some useful tips and information for those contemplating an academic program in Israel

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Academic Calendar

The academic calendar in Israel begins in mid- to late-October, following the Jewish high holiday season, and continues until the end of June, with a break between the two semesters in February. Some higher education institutions hold summer semester courses from July to September. Applications for fall semester are generally accepted from May to late July. In order to start in the spring semester, students generally must apply by January.

Tuition and Fees

Israeli higher education tuition fees are very competitive compared to average costs of college or graduate school in the United States. Tuition varies depending on the institution and program, with undergraduate tuition starting from $4,500 a year and Master’s degrees starting from $5,500 a year. Financial aid is widely offered and scholarships are provided based on merit and need.

Housing

Most institutions offer on-campus accommodation options. Information about on-campus housing is provided upon admission. Many students also rent apartments near their university or college. Apartments for rent come in all sizes and prices, and can be found just about anywhere.

Student Support Services

International students are highly welcomed in Israeli universities and colleges, most of which have invested significant resources into developing their international affairs and international student support services. They have dedicated staff who ensure that international students receive all support necessary, from academics to student life, housing, and wellbeing. They also organize social events and trips around Israel for international students. Many universities and colleges also provide “buddy systems” which give international students the opportunity to meet and build real friendships with Israeli students, as well as integrate into and experience Israeli society and culture. 

Health Care

Israel has an advanced health care system and most health care professionals understand and speak English proficiently. Higher education institutions require international students to have full health insurance while in Israel.

Safety

The millions of tourists that visit Israel every year prove that Israel is a safe place to travel and live. Crime is relatively low and international students all speak of their strong feeling of personal safety when in Israel. All Israeli higher education institutions take the wellbeing and security of their students very seriously. Students are given security instructions and guidance by their institution.

Aliyah

Students who make Aliyah may be entitled to a subsidized degree through the Student Authority as a part of their benefits package from the Israeli government. For more information visit the Student Authority website

The Process in 3 Steps:

Find a Program: Prospective students can use the Council for Higher Education’s 'Study in Israel' website, which includes a list of all Israeli universities and colleges as well as a search engine of all programs taught in English.

Apply: Students apply directly to a course of study at the relevant university or college. Admissions requirements are listed on the institutions’ websites and include academic transcripts, proof of English level, recommendations, etc.

Get a Visa: In order to study in Israel, international students will need an A/2 student visa. Applications should be submitted to the Israeli embassy or consulate in their home country.

For more information, visit the Council for Higher Education’s 'Study in Israel' website: Studyisrael.org.il