Thinking of studying abroad in Israel but unsure how to get the process started?
There is no centralized application system for higher education in Israel, so the admission process may vary depending on your chosen field, program level or institution. Make sure to consult the institution to check the requirements or if you have specific questions. We’re here to help you make the process easier. In the meantime, you can follow these steps to begin the process!
NOTE: If you're interested in applying for programs in Israel, please note many universities have extended their application dates in light of COVID-19. Contact the universities directly for more information about extended application deadlines.
1. Choose a Program
Start by choosing a degree program that is right for you. Select the level of studies you are looking for (bachelor, master, PhD), your field of study and the institution you’d like to attend. English is widespread in Israeli higher education, and you should not have difficulty finding a program offered in English – especially at the master’s level. If your existing studies haven’t been in English, you may be required to take an English proficiency test.
2. Prepare the Paperwork
Once you've chosen a program, look up the admission requirements on the institution’s website and remember that these may vary between institutions. Depending on the type of program and your academic history, you may be asked to provide some of the following documents during the application process:
- Academic transcripts and diplomas from previous studies;
- Proof of English proficiency;
- Academic recommendation letters;
- Curriculum Vitae or resume;
- Statement of Purpose;
- GRE or GMAT scores;
- Medical certificate;
3. Check Specific Admission Requirements
Depending on the institution and/or program, you may have to fulfill specific admission requirements. Take the time to carefully research your program of choice to ensure that you’re eligible before applying! In Israel, some universities make it mandatory for international students to participate in an intensive language course in a Hebrew school (ulpan) prior to the start of their regular studies.
Programs held in English will have specific English language requirements and proof of proficiency will generally be in the form of a TOEFL test score or an equivalent (such as previous studies in English). Always consult the institution’s website for specific admission requirements and contact them if you have any questions. It’s always better to ask if you’re unsure!
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4. Wait to Be Admitted
After you’ve submitted all the necessary documents, admission results can take some time to arrive. Once you’ve been accepted, the institution will send you a formal letter of acceptance that confirms your course details and the starting dates. You will need these documents to attain a student visa to travel to Israel to study.
5. Apply for a Visa
Once you’ve been accepted by a higher education institution in Israel, you can begin the application process for an A/2 student visa in your nearest Israeli embassy or consulate. The process can take time and requires several important documents, so don’t dilly-dally! You will not be able to study in Israel without a student visa.
6. Arrive in Israel
After you’ve been admitted to a higher education institution in Israel and have received your visa, it’s time to start your study abroad adventure! Make sure to investigate the cost of living in the city you will be staying in and what your budget will be. Once you have that, you can begin to look for accommodation. Finally, it’s time to purchase your transportation to Israel and arrive in your new home city! No matter where you’re staying, there are plenty of sights and attractions to be enjoyed.
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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.
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!
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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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.