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Study in Israel: A Guide for International Students


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There are many preconceived notions surrounding the Middle East and this has resulted in Israel often being overlooked as a study abroad destination. But for students with a sense of adventure who are looking to enrich their cultural knowledge and gain new perspectives while receiving a world-class education, few places rival Israel. So, don’t miss out on one of the most underrated places to study abroad!

On the edge of the Mediterranean, Israel is home to rare and stunning landscapes and houses some of the world’s best universities. Its deep religious roots and diverse culture are a source of both beauty and wonder, this small country offers unparalleled experiences for culture lovers and adventurers alike!

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Israel is considered a hi-tech hub and one of the most innovative countries in the world!

Known as the “Start-up Nation”, it has the highest number of startups per capita worldwide - the perfect place for students with an entrepreneurial spirit! As for quality of life, various stats place Israel as the 9th country globally with the best quality of life, as well as the happiest country in Asia!

All of this translates into a high-quality higher education system that boasts of some of the greatest universities, colleges and research institutions for producing entrepreneurs. In fact, four Israeli universities offer among the top 50 undergraduate programs globally that produce the most entrepreneurs. Renowned within the fields of Innovation, Science and Engineering, Israel has a long tradition of academic excellence and promoting research and innovation. Out-of-the-box thinkers and go-getters will feel right at home in Israel!

Ready to know more about Israel? Use the navigation pages below to discover everything you need to know about studying abroad in Israel - from how to apply to your dream program, the visa application process, language and culture in Israel and more! 

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Israel - Quick facts & figures




Hebrew, Arabic


9 million

Area Size

11,145 km²

International students


Academic Year

September - June


New Israel Shekel (NIS)

Calling Code


Time Zone

GMT +3

More about studying abroad in Israel

Higher education institutions in Israel provide a diversity of academic programs in English for international students at a bachelor, master’s and doctorate level and they range from short-term courses to full degree programs. PhD and post-doctoral researchers are also welcome in Israel and will find great opportunities to work with leading researchers in their field.

There are 9 universities, 31 colleges and 21 teacher-training colleges in Israel which are all under the responsibility of the Council of Higher Education, which supervises the entire Israeli higher education system.

Of the 61 higher education institutions in Israel, 50 are funded by the government and 11 are private, which makes tuition fees competitive on an international scale. Fees will vary according to the institution can be anywhere between $4,000 to $30,000 per year, depending on the type of program and institution.

If that sounds interesting to you, join in for the adventure of a lifetime in Israel!

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Education System

Want to learn about how higher education works in Israel? A popular destination for international students given its high-quality education and fascinating cultural diversity, take a minute to dive into Israel’s higher education system!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to study in Israel? Learn everything you need to know about the student visa process in Israel and the exact documents you need to enter the country.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Israel.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Israel may vary depending on many factors, but there are plenty of scholarship opportunities available. Find out more here!

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Language & Culture

Israel is rich in history, religion, cultural diversity and languages! Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Israel, and what you need to apply.

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The content of this country guide has been developed in partnership with Study In Israel.

About Study in Israel

The ‘Study in Israel’ website is operated by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel, the national institution responsible for matters of higher education in the country. The CHE is a public, professional, academic, apolitical and independent entity and is responsible for regulating the higher education system in Israel. 

Last update: 28 Jun 2021

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