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Study in Israel: Education in Israel

The Council for Higher Education (CHE) is the responsible legal body that deals with all matters of higher education in Israel and oversees accreditations and the awarding of academic degrees.

Oct 18, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel

The Council for Higher Education (CHE) is the responsible legal body that deals with all matters of higher education in Israel and oversees accreditations and the awarding of academic degrees. There are 59 higher education institutions throughout Israel: 9 research universities and the Open University of Israel, 29 academic colleges (20 of which are public and 9 private), and 20 teacher-training colleges.

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The recognized academic degrees in Israel are bachelor’s, master’s, and PhDs. While all institutions offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, only research universities can currently offer PhDs.

  • An undergraduate degree takes 3 to 4 years depending on the field of study and requires between 120 and 160 credits.
  • A standard master’s degree takes 2 years and consists of 28 to 36 months. Several master’s programs in English are offered in 3 semesters (over 1 full year)
  • A standard doctoral degree takes on average 5 years depending on the institution’s requirements.

Placed at number 10 in the world for the number of citations per academic papers (from all disciplines), Israel is a great promoter of research, and partners up with many institutions around the world which offer funding opportunities for international collaborations. There is also a range of programs with internship opportunities to expose students to various sectors in Israel, such as hi-tech, business, consulting, governmental, non-profit, and more!

Among the most known of Israeli higher education institutions are the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of HaifaTechnion – Israel Institute of Technology, and Tel Aviv University, all within the top 100 universities of the world!

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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.

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!

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. 

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