Study in Israel
With more than 2,000 years of history, Israel is at the crossroads of some of the world’s major cultures and religions, and a great place to get an international education.
Higher education plays a pivotal role in the economic and social development of Israel. In 2009-2010 some 280,000 students attended the country's institutions of higher learning. Of these, 38 percent attend universities and 41 percent are enrolled in colleges, while 21 percent participate in distance-learning courses.
Israel's institutions of higher education have full academic and administrative freedom and are open to all students who meet their academic standards.
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Institutions of higher education operate under the authority of the Council for Higher Education, organised by the minister of education, and includes academics, community representatives and a student representative. The Council grants accreditation, authorises the awarding of academic degrees, and advises the government on the development and financing of higher education and scientific research.
Public funds provide 70 percent of the budget for higher education, 20 percent derives from tuition, and the rest from various private sources. In recent years higher education study programmes in Israel have become more career-oriented, with larger numbers of students enrolled in the wide range of professional studies.
General application requirements
In most cases, applications are submitted online. After the application deadline, all applications will be reviewed, and will be contacted with an admissions decision. In some cases, an interview will be required, which can be held either in person or via telephone or Skype.
Application documents include:
- Official transcripts from attended high school, including a copy of the graduation diploma;
- Personal essay;
- Letters of recommendation;
- Results from standardised university entrance exams in your country;
- Demonstrated Command of English;
- Heath Declaration Form;
- Medical Form.
Universities may have additional requirements. Make sure to ask for detailed information before applying to your chosen university in Israel.
For more details visit: http://www.masaisrael.org/programs/apply
Immigrants and students lacking the necessary qualifications may attend a special preparatory program, which enables them to apply for admission. A standardized test is used as a higher education admission exam. The test covers three areas: quantitative and verbal reasoning and English language proficiency. It is administered by the Israeli National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE).
Israeli universities are among 100 of the top world universities in science and engineering-related subjects, according to the QS World University Rankings. Taught subjects include mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering or life sciences.
Summer Programs are offered in general academic areas as well as language offerings in Yiddish, Hebrew and Arabic. Intensive Language Programmes are offered in Hebrew, Yiddish and Arabic. A wide range of Graduate Programs is also available in Israeli universities.
Opportunities are available for international students to spend a semester or year in an exchange programme experiencing another culture, volunteering, doing an internship, studying, or developing their Jewish identity. Jewish Studies programs are designed to deepen your connection to the Jewish traditions and identity.
Higher studies in Israel offer a broad selection of courses taught in English, along with courses in French, Spanish, Russian, and Hebrew delivered by experienced faculty.
English language preparation for studying in Israel
Develop your academic English language skills in order to meet the English language requirements at Israel universities offering degree studies for international students. Choose an English language school anywhere in the world and pick your preferred English exam preparation course from diverse language course options.
Internships and connections
Whether you are interested in hi-tech innovation, community building, art, scientific research, renewable energy, music, language, or archaeology, Israel has an array of cutting-edge companies, socially conscious organisations, top-notch educational institutions, and warm communities that will welcome you during your program. Students are encouraged to build lifelong connections with Israeli citizens.
The higher education visa is valid for up to one year and for multiple entrances and exits. Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work in Israel.
The visa is granted to students who provide the following documents:
- Completed and signed application;
- Two passport pictures;
- Certification of acceptance for study at a recognised educational institution in Israel;
- Proof that the student has the financial means to pay for his studies and sustenance throughout his stay in Israel;
- A valid travel document;
- Payment of the fee.
Every participant is required to visit his/her local Israeli Consulate or Embassy of Israel prior to his/her arrival, in order to obtain a student visa. Request additional information from your local Israel Embassy or Consulate.
For more information visit: http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/consularservices/pages/visas.aspx