Long and short-term academic programs are available in Israel across many universities and educational centers. International students and researchers may apply to BA, MA, Ph.D., and postdoctoral research programs in Israel. Moreover, summer schools and conferences are other excellent academic activities that make Israel an attractive destination for scholars and scientists. Many programs also come with fully-funded scholarships and fellowships as well as travel grants and financial aid, thus every student, researcher, and professor can always find a suitable program in Israel and apply.
Scholarships in Israel
- Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarships for Foreign Students
- Yad Vashem The World Holocaust Remembrence Center MA and PHD Scholarships in Israel
- Anglo-Israel Scholarship
- American Jewish League for Israel Scholarships
- Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas Israel Scholarships & Programs
- Aardvark Israel Immersion Programs Scholarships
- Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company Dance Scholarships
- Jewish Federation Greater Vancouver Israel Scholarships
- Raphael Recanati International School Financial Aid and Scholarships Undergraduate
Fellowships in Israel
- The Azrieli Fellows Program
- Israel Public Policy Institute Fellowship
- The Israel Academy for Sciences and Humanities Excellence Fellowship Program
- Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship
- Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel
- Yad Hanadiv Rothschild Fellows
- New Israel Fund Fellowship
- Hasbara Israel Fellowships
- Masa Israel Fellowship
- INSS Fellowship and Prizes
Grants and Awards in Israel
- Israel Society for Neuroscience Grants & Awards
- Israel Institute Faculty Development Grants
- Israel Cancer Research Fund Grant
- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Israel Experience Public Award
- Masa Israel Grants and Scholarships
- Jewish Federation of St. Louis Teen Merit-Based Grants
- Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Israel Engagement Grants
- Blavatnik Awards Young Scientists Israel Awards
Summer Programs in Israel
- Masa Israel Summer Programs in Israel
- University of Haifa Summer Programs in Israel
- Young Judaea’s Teen Summer Programs
- Rothberg International School Summer & Short-Term Programs
- BIGIDEA International Summer Camps in Israel
- Technicon: Israel Institute of Technology Summer Programs
- Yachad Summer Programs
- BBYO Summer Experiences
- Summer and Language Programs at Tel Aviv University International
- Kupcinet-Getz International Summer School
Israel as an academic destination
With its deep religious roots and fascinating culture, Israel is the desired destination for tourists worldwide. The country is also continuously working to enrich its academic and innovative potential. It holds the title of "the Start-up Nation" currently and promises to become the world's next major biotech hub in the future.
Aside from having an attractive educational system, which you will explore shortly in the article, Israel also has the world's highest investment per capita in start-up companies. Therefore, it is one of the ideal spots for students with entrepreneurial potential.
To increase your chances of becoming a founder of Israel's funded start-up company, you might focus your attention on the country's academic opportunities. After graduation, there will be enough opportunities to continue a career in the country.
As an international student in Israel, you should consider that the country's spoken language is Hebrew. It's also the language for many academic programs, and you should do a bit of research before choosing which university you are going to attend to find programs in English. There are both Bachelor's and Master's degrees and short-term courses taught in English in Israel.
Generally, your educational institutions' choices in the country consist of 9 public universities, more than 50 colleges. All the universities and the majority of the colleges in the country are publicly funded.
The most developed academic directions
As mentioned above, Israel is the leading innovative and scientific center. Therefore, one of the most popular directions you can study in the country is science and engineering. Israel is the 7th country by the number of citations per scientific publication globally, mainly popular in the fields of computer science, engineering, chemistry, and life sciences.
The innovative spirit of Israel makes the country's business and entrepreneurship programs another attractive academic direction. Not only will you get notified of the latest advancements of the business world and approaches, but you also get the chance to participate in internships offered by the leading global companies and Israelian R&D centers.
You might also get engaged in the agriculture and sustainability programs in Israel, which have a lot to share based on the country's experience in the agricultural sector. Israel developed several solutions to compensate for the lack of its natural resources and collected a significant base of theoretical and practical knowledge of the sphere.
The country with one of the most diverse and deep cultures is popular with degrees in artistic disciplines. You might choose between the courses in arts, design, music, fashion, jewelry, photography, etc. Finally, being the center of the Jewish world, Israel is one of the best places for Jewish, Israel, and Hebrew studies.
ARMACAD has a collection of Jewish studies opportunities that might interest you.
Universities of Israel
Six out of all Israelian universities are included in the global rankings and are presented below.
The oldest university in the country, Technical-Israel Institute of Technology, was established more than 30 years before the State of Israel's establishment. It was founded in 1912 and, for many years, was under the governance of the Ottoman Empire. Currently, Technicon has a high reputation in the country and the whole Middle East. The university has a dedicated international department where all the courses are entirely in English.
The second-largest university, which holds the highest positions in the global rankings in Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918. The university has four campuses across the country, three of which are located in Jerusalem. You can find many English courses here, especially at the Master's level.
Tel Aviv University is the country's largest university, which nine faculties enroll around 28,000 students every year. Tel Aviv University is included in the international rankings both as a university and as a provider of certain subjects. Particularly, the university's archaeology, philosophy, computer science, psychology, economics, and mathematics degrees enjoy high demand and recognition among international students.
The other three ranked universities in the country include:
Student expenses in Israel
The two main components of student expenses in Israel, tuition fees and accommodation costs are rather affordable in Israel. First of all, government funds cover up to 70% of fees for public universities. As most of the institutions in Israel are public universities, you have the excellent opportunity to study with low fees.
Private universities usually charge 4,000-30,000 USD per year, depending on your chosen university and institution. The fee range for English programs is narrower. You should pay 6,000-25,000 USD for a course taught in English.
University student accommodations are a popular stay option for international students; however, not all students are granted the opportunity to live in on-campus dormitories because of the limited number of student utilities. Privately rented houses cost around 600-800 USD monthly.
You might consider working in parallel to your studies to support your expenses. Note that only master's Ph.D. of other postdoctoral level students can work on a part-time basis within the universities. International Bachelor's students are not allowed to work in Israel.
International students need to have an A/2 Student visa for their studies in Israel. A/2 grants the opportunity to enter and leave the country multiple times within the 1-year period.
As an international student in Israel, you should consider that the country's spoken language is Hebrew. It's also the language for many academic programs, and you should do a bit of research before choosing which university you will attend to find English programs. There are both Bachelor's and Master's degrees and short-term courses taught in English in Israel.
When applying, ensure that you have all your documents prepared for translation and thoroughly research your academic institution's requirements. Most institutions in Israel accept English documents; however, Hebrew translation is needed in any other language. There’s no lack of providers of Hebrew translation services. You can pick a freelancer or a company backed by a network of language professionals. The choice is up to you, but it is generally best to stick with a large platform with experience to get the best results.
You can find more details for international students in the primary coordinator of the education system in Israel: the state body Council for Higher Education. We hope this section of ARMACAD will help you succeed in your academic path in Israel.