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Study in Israel, the Land of Innovation

Recently, Israel has become the country offering the world's top education, a vibrant student community, and great programs in innovation and technology.

Moreover, the Council for Higher Education in Israel (CHE) launched the national initiative “Study in Israel'' aiming to double the number of international students enrolled in Israeli higher educational institutions. Through the initiative, funding is provided to bolster marketing and recruitment efforts, create new courses in English, and develop international student services.  

Why Study in Israel

First of all, the education provided by the Israeli universities is world-class and has a strong reputation globally. Israeli higher education sector has been commended for contributing to the country's economic progress and current technological boom. The degrees awarded by Israeli universities are globally recognized. English is widely spoken in the country, and there are plenty of English-taught programs.

Second, Israel is a hotspot of hi-tech development, boasting the world’s largest per capita investment in start-up enterprises. Based on the World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index, the country is regarded as the world's third most inventive country. It is also considered one of the world’s most educated countries with almost half (49%) of the adult population having attained tertiary education, while the OECD average is 34%.

Third, the soft climate, fascinating culture, and diverse student community make studying in Israel unforgettable and enrich students with a truly international experience. You can go floating in the Dead Sea or hike in a desert, see some of the most important religious sites in the world or immerse yourself into the Israeli art scene – the attractions of this country will keep you occupied throughout your studies.

Where to Study in Israel

There are various kinds of higher education institutes in Israel. The fundamental distinction is based on the type of academic degree awarded and how much research it involves. The most research-intensive institutions are universities offering bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees. Academic colleges award bachelor's and master's degrees. Teacher training colleges award bachelor's and master's degrees in education. Short-term and non-degree programs are available at all types of universities.

Overall, there are nine universities in Israel. The highest-ranked ones are the following:

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem boasts eight Nobel Prize winners and serves 23,000 students from 90 countries. The university is famous for its research in agriculture, environmental quality, public health, science, and technology. It is ranked 12th in the world for biotechnology patent filings and commercial development, producing a third of Israel's civilian research.

Tel Aviv University. Fifth in the world for entrepreneurship by Startup Genome, Tel Aviv University offers education to 28,000 students enrolled across nine faculties, making it Israel’s largest university. The institution has the greatest breadth of teaching and research subjects in Israel and is ranked among the world’s best for 21 subjects by QS University Ranking.

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Ranked 1st in Europe for Artificial Intelligence, this institution is home to three Nobel laureates and many notable alumni. It offers degrees in science, engineering, math, and related fields. Since Technion alumni account for 70% of the high-tech workforce in Israel, the institute is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the country's economy.

The Ben-Gurion University of The Negev is home to more than 20,000 students from 50 countries. BGU ranks consistently high in Life Sciences and Biomedicine and is one of the few places in the world granting a B.EMS (Bachelor in Emergency Medicine Services). It promotes studies and research in high-technology, sustainability in desert conditions, and water resource management.

Bar-Ilan University. With 17,000 students, 700 faculty members, ten impact research centers, and 45 partnerships with worldwide leading institutions, Bar-Ilan University delivers academic excellence combined with internationally recognized research.

The University of Haifa. Serving over 18,000 students with diverse backgrounds, the university comprises six faculties, 59 departments, ten schools, and 57 research centers and institutes. The institution has gained an international reputation in a variety of fields such as public health, security studies, holocaust research, cancer research, and many others.

What to Study in Israel

There are several fields of study that are especially popular among international students:

Science & Engineering

Israeli scientists boast four Nobel Prizes in chemistry, three Turing Awards in computer science, and one Fields Medal (mathematics). Israel is ranked seventh in the world for the number of citations per scientific article, with specific strengths in computer science, engineering, chemistry, and life sciences.

Life Sciences, M.Sc. Program, Ben-Gurion University of Negev

Duration: 2 Years

Tuition fee: $11,200 per year

Topics being addressed in departmental laboratories span the entire range of biology, beginning with the determination of protein structures at the atom-level resolution, continuing to the examination of single-celled organisms and multicellular systems, and reaching the study of whole animals and communities.

Physics, M.Sc. Program, Bar-Ilan University

Tuition fee: $5,100 per year

The Bar-Ilan University Physics department was founded by Moshe Jammer, an Israel Prize recipient and colleague of Albert Einstein. Major research areas include Biophysics, Complex systems, Nano-Physics, Quantum Optics, Solid State Physics, Statistical Physics, and Astrophysics.

Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc. Program Ben-Gurion University of Negev

Duration: 2 years

Tuition fee: $11,200 per year

The Program aims to provide the students with expertise and advanced knowledge in a selected field of specialization. 

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Israel's higher education institutions are at the heart of innovation, with numerous academic programs geared toward students interested in business and entrepreneurship. Some schools provide internships with renowned companies throughout the world, allowing you to further your career growth.

MBA Program, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Duration: 1 year

Tuition: $30,000

One-year International StartUp 360° MBA program provides future entrepreneurial leaders the skills to succeed in the exciting and dynamic world of technology and innovation.

Nonprofit Management and Leadership, M.A. Program, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Duration: 1 year

Tuition: $10,550

The MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership is a joint venture of the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) and Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. The program prepares students for a diverse range of management positions in the non-profit sector.

Art, Design, & Music

Israel is home to prominent higher education institutions in the fields of arts, design, and music, drawing on its rich historical and cultural legacy as well as its vibrant art scene. Fine arts, fashion and jewelry, photography, industrial and urban design, and traditional and contemporary music are just a few of the arts-related jobs you can master.

Film and Television, M.F.A. Program, Tel Aviv University

Duration: 1 year

Tuition fee: $11,300

This program at the Tisch Film & Television School offers a comprehensive focus on visual production. Over the first three terms, you’ll cover areas such as research, scriptwriting, production, editing, and direction, before calling it a wrap with your very own creation.

Israel & Middle Eastern Studies

Israel provides an unrivaled opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the country's and region's political, social, and economic elements. A variety of courses in this topic range from ancient to modern studies of Israel and Middle Eastern countries, as well as Hebrew and Arabic languages.

Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, M.A. Program, Bar-Ilan University

Duration: 2 years

Tuition fee: $5,100 per year

The objective of the studies is to enrich students with a comprehensive knowledge of the history and archaeology of the Land of Israel, focusing on a particular historical era, and to enable students to critically examine archaeological and historic source material and studies.

Ancient Israel Studies, M.A. Program, Tel Aviv University

Duration: 1 year

Tuition: $11,300

The Ancient Israel Studies program lets students get “hands-on” with Israel's ancient history while learning about the region’s fascinating past dating back to biblical times. Students get to study with world-renowned archaeological scholars while gaining academic knowledge, practical fieldwork experience, and ancient language skills in some of the most enthralling excavation locations in the world.

Agriculture & Sustainability

Because of its harsh environment and scarcity of natural resources, Israel has evolved into a form of agricultural "incubator" for novel plant varieties and agricultural technologies. One well-known example of Israel's achievement in this subject is drip irrigation technology.

Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environment, M.Sc. Program, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Duration: 2 years

Tuition fee: $5,300 per year

The program provides students with opportunities to study and research various environmental topics, with an emphasis on pollution treatment, overexploitation of natural resources, and the influence of agriculture on these issues. The program encompasses chemical, physical, ecological, economical, and ethical aspects. 

Plant Sciences - Food Safety & Security, Tel Aviv University

Duration: 18 months

Tuition fee: $16,250

The scientists of the School of Plant Sciences and Food Security take advantage of the diverse research infrastructures of the Manna Center for Food Safety & Security, the Yehuda Naftali Botanic Garden of Tel Aviv University, the Sarah Racine Root Laboratory, and the Institute for Cereal Crop Improvement (ICCI). In place are state-of-the-art world-class research infrastructures, which are unique in Israel. 

Jewish Studies

Israel is the heart of the Jewish world, and it is an obvious choice for those who want to learn more about Jewish religion, history, culture, and philosophy. Israel is home to many important historical sites for Judaism, including the ancient city of Jerusalem and Masada.

Jewish Studies, M.A. Program, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Duration: 1 year

Tuition: $12,000

The M.A. in Jewish Studies is designed to provide you with up-to-date knowledge in the field of Jewish studies in preparation for an advanced degree. 

Jewish Philosophy, M.A. Program, Bar-Ilan University  

Duration: 2 years

Tuition: $5,100

Jewish philosophy is taught from the classical period until the writing of Jewish philosophy in our days, including the study of Kabbalah and Hasidism.