Study Abroad in Israel

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A Guide to Studying in Israel

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45 Study Abroad Programs in Israel

Israel Summer Business Academy (ISBA)

The Israel Summer Business Academy (ISBA), is a once-in-a-lifetime, six-credit hour, educational experience for students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. This unique opportunity, open to undergraduate students of all faiths and beliefs, allows you to study and immerse yourself in the Israeli business environment. You’ll learn about entrepreneurship, innovation, and non-profit c...

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Study Abroad in Israel with Masa Israel Journey

There's no place like Israel. And what better way to spend a semester than experiencing the rich history of Jerusalem, soaking up some sun on the beaches of Tel Aviv, or immersed in the thriving tech scene of Haifa. Masa Israel Journey can help you find study abroad programs at top-notch Israeli universities, and we’ll also help you learn what funding opportunities are available to you. Mas...

Semester and Summer Study Programs in Israel

Pursue desired field courses at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Students worldwide can be immersed in the Israeli culture while studying in the city of Tel Aviv. The semester and academic year programs offer courses in Engineering, Humanities, and Physics.

New York University

Learn more about Middle Eastern culture and the Hebrew and Arabic languages with New York University in Tel Aviv, Israel. Set in the cultural and financial center of the country, program participants greatly benefit from top-notch sociology and anthropology professors.

Study in Israel's Top University

International students can enroll at the University of Haifa International School in Israel. Live and study in the city of Haifa for a semester or academic year. A large number of programs are offered such as Jewish Studies, International Business, and Political Sciences.

A Voyage to Israel - A Semester Study Abroad Program

A Voyage to Medicine in Israel is a one semester study abroad program offered during the fall for pre-med and other health/science students and run by Tel Aviv University and Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. The program offers a unique combination of seven academic courses in medicine, practical experience in the medical field, and shadowing the medical staff clinical research at the medical center.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Enroll in a semester or year program in Israel through Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. A wide array of academic study options are offered such as Health Sciences, Humanities, and Political Science. Participants from all over the world can immerse in the local culture and join in cultural activities.

University Studies Abroad Consortium

University Studies Abroad Consortium works with the University of Haifa in offering high quality study abroad programs in Haifa, Israel. The university is known for its pluralistic culture that creates an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect. They combine first-rate academic courses, cultural immersion, and a host of social activities to ensure that the students have a rewarding time abroad.

CELL: Be Part of Real-Life Solutions in Israel

The Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) offers a unique study abroad program that concentrates on sustainability and peace in Israel. They will explore the political, historical, religious, and cultural backdrop in reference to the Arab-Israeli conflict. They will also learn about current peace efforts conducted in the region.

Boston University Study Abroad

Study abroad in Tel Aviv or Haifa, Israel with a program with Boston University Study Abroad. Students can also gain valuable work experience by doing an internship in a variety of fields like Archaeology, Public Relations, and other disciplines.

GVSU Biblical Excavations in the Holy Land: Israel

Obtain practical archaeological experience at the site Tell es-Safi/Gath, one of the largest biblical sites in Israel that has been settled continuously since the 5th millennium BCE up to the present. Known as Goliath's hometown, this site is one of the earliest cities in the Bronze Age, with remnants of the medieval castle of Blanche Garde sitting atop of the site. Students work closely with a...

Florida State University International Programs

Spend the summer in Israel exploring historical sites and studying a wide range of courses with Florida State University International Programs. The program offers courses in the field of business, criminology, and religious studies. Accommodations are provided at the Kibbutz Tzuba, the city of Jerusalem's major tourism complex.

Study Abroad in Israel with RIS | The Hebrew University

The Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers international academic study program in Israel. Students from all over the world can partake in a year long program in Jerusalem. This includes courses in Anthropology, Communication, and International Relations.

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Students look out over the stone walls and ancient buildings of The Old City in Jerusalem, Israel

How to Study Abroad in Israel

A Guide to Studying in Israel

Israel has become an attractive option for international students interested in studying abroad in recent years. Not only is Israel a country with unrivaled religious, historical, cultural, and political significance, it is also known as The Start Up Nation, with a high-tech culture seconded only by the Silicon Valley. Outside of the variety of study abroad program providers in Israel, the nation also has six internationally recognized universities and several colleges, which all offer opportunities to study (and take many classes in English) for a semester or spend the summer studying in Israel.

Locations

Jerusalem is popular for international students studying in Israel and also the country’s top visited city in terms of tourism. The largest city in Israel, Jerusalem is also one of the oldest in the world. Whether it’s referred to as “The Holy City,” or “The City of Gold,” there will be a unique experience filled with the oldest of the old and the newest of the new. 

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all believe this area to be sacred. Miracles are believed to have taken place here too, but you do not need to be religious to appreciate the city’s beauty. Jerusalem's 220 historic sites include world renowned gems like The Walls of the Old City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), The Dome of the Rock, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Located in central Israel, it is about equidistant from the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, and just a short distance from Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, so there is no shortage of natural areas to enjoy. 

Tel Aviv, known as The White City, offers undergraduate and graduate level study abroad programs, as well as a fantastic beach, popular night life, and shopping options. It’s home to museums ranging from art, to history, and politics. Tel Aviv allows students to have the full Mediterranean cosmopolitan experience, as well as the opportunity to live in Silicon Wadi, Israeli’s high-tech center.

Haifa is a true microcosm of Israel, with the three main religions living side by side in peaceful coexistence. Haifa is home to some of Israel’s most visited tourist attractions, including the beautiful Baha’i Gardens. The city offers both beautiful beaches and fresh mountain air, so it appeals to a wide range of student interests with options for excursions camping, hiking, and swimming. 

Subjects & Courses

Israel’s long history and political development make it an excellent place to study Middle Eastern history and culture, as well as to learn Hebrew and Arabic. Israel is also also an ideal location to study technology. International students studying in Israel will also have the opportunity to learn from the world’s top researchers and have exposure to major advancements as they happen. Opportunities to study medicine, the environment, engineering, and a wide range of subject areas are available for students in Israel.

You do not need to know Hebrew or Arabic prior to studying in Israel, unless your specific program is a language intensive program or has a pre-requisite for language. Luckily, if you are interested in learning, every Israeli university and accredited college offers intensive Hebrew courses alongside the regular academic degree options, and often intensive Arabic courses too, as well as classes on the history, politics, and geography of the region. 

The atmosphere on Israeli campuses is informal and friendly. The amount of time spent in classrooms varies by program, but classes usually begin around nine or ten in the morning, and finish around three or four in the afternoon, leaving plenty of time for exploring the area. Most undergraduate and graduate programs in Israel start around the beginning of October, but students who study in Israel for a semester may find more flexibility to join during the middle of the year. 

Scholarships & Costs

Arabic is a Critical Language for the United States, which means there are many reasons it would be helpful to have more people fluent in the language; as such, there are several language scholarship programs developed to help students study abroad in Israel, such as the Gilman International Scholarship. Some religious institutions like synagogues and churches also offer scholarships to study abroad in Israel.

Israel is highly developed, and one of the most educated countries in the world. Studying there will be comparable to studying at a mid-range university in the United States in terms of tuition. An intensive summer Hebrew or Arabic class at an accredited Israeli university could cost around $900 USD, and a full year of academic study at either the graduate of undergraduate level may range from $9,000 to $15,000 USD, but can be higher or lower depending on university direct exchange rates.

Whereas basic foods such as fruit and vegetables are reasonably priced in Israel, buying American products can add a significant cost to a student who is living abroad. All university campuses offer subsidized student cafeterias, serving fare including local favorites like falafel and shwarma, as well as Western dishes like pizza and sandwiches. Public transportation is generally readily available close to campuses, whether buses or trains, and reasonably priced. If you are studying abroad with a program provider, housing, excursions, and accommodations may already be included within your program fees.

Accommodations & Visas

You will have the option to live in student dorms on campus, in shared apartments in the city, or homestays, depending on the program you choose. In some cases, dormitories can be an additional expense outside of the program cost or university tuition. Accommodation costs vary wildly, with Tel Aviv and Jerusalem being the most expensive cities for student accommodation.

For the first three months of stay in Israel, American and Canadian students will not need anything more than a tourist visa, which does not requite an application, only a stamp at the airport. However, for longer study programs in Israel you will need a student visa. You can apply for a student visa at your nearest Israeli Consulate (find one through GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory). Make sure to check to see the most up-to-date list of documents to bring too.

It is important to note that students cannot work on a student visa while they study in Israel. But international students studying in Israel do have the option to extend their stay by a three month tourist visa at the end of their studies, if they wish to add extra touring to their agenda. 

Benefits & Challenges
  • Ancient world comes to life. Studying is Israel allows you to learn about the three main monotheistic cultures, and learn ancient texts in the land they were written, whilst grappling with the very modern political conflicts the country and the region face today.
  • Take a Tour. With so many sites, and so much history, it is advised that students visiting for the first time try an organized tour–especially for politically sensitive sites or areas.
  • Hebrew not required. The majority of people who study in Israel will take classes that are taught in English, unless they are specifically joining a language program of some kind. Plus, many Israelis speak English, so international students will be able to communicate with the locals, therefore understanding Hebrew is not required.
David Ben-Sira

David Ben-Sira knows every trail and every stone in Israel. He is a passionate traveler, full-time tour guide at Kenes Tours, and part time history teacher. His favorite hero is Indiana Jones.