Academics in Israel

The Jewish people are often referred to as the ‘People of the Book’ for presenting the world with the Bible. Israel seems to have taken this idea to a completely new level by becoming home to some of the world’s leading universities.

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Israel’s world-class education isn’t just for Israelis. Both Olim Chadashim and foreigners come to Israel to take advantage of its elite schools while learning in a country where majestic beaches, great weather, and ancient culture come together.
These colleges and universities have produced some of the world’s leading tech innovators, medical experts, and Nobel Prize Winners, putting their courses in high demand. Join some of the brilliant minds nurtured here; open your backpacks, and let’s learn all about academics in Israel.
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Top Reasons Why Students Love Studying in Israel

Whether you’re looking for a whole academic track or a shorter exchange or internship opportunity, studying in Israel is an excellent option for anyone interested in pursuing academics in this dynamic and ever-evolving country.

The following are the top reasons Israel is an exciting destination for academics:

1 International-level Universities

Israel is home to some of the most prestigious universities and colleges worldwide. It is part of the Middle Eastern region with an ancient history dating back to the Bible.

2 Israel is a top destination for young people

Universities are primarily located in major cities, providing hubs of beaches with yearlong warm weather, bars, and some of the funkiest coffee shops for you to cram for exams. Frankly, let’s face it: all that studying can work up an appetite. Luckily for students, Israel is also known for having some of the world’s finest and most diverse dining options, from our notorious hummus and tahini in a basic pita with or without falafel or the lesser-known sabich eggplant sandwich. Guests and locals love to end their meal with a bite from a sweet Knafeh dessert.

3 Learn in English

Israel offers a wide variety of courses and academic tracks in English, accommodating foreign-born students looking to learn in their native language. Additionally, the vast majority of Israelis speak English at a decent level, making it easier for foreign academics to connect, make friends, and find their way around.

4 Break into leading innovative industries

The country boasts the highest number of companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange per capita. This type of unprecedented success extends to other fields, such as medicine and agriculture, and therefore attracts many foreign students looking to break into the tech industry or intern with the world’s most innovative companies.

Fields of Study

Explore a world of diverse academic pursuits at Israeli universities, where innovation meets tradition. From pioneering breakthroughs in science and engineering to embracing the rich tapestry of art, culture, and Jewish studies, Israel’s institutions offer an exceptional spectrum of knowledge and opportunities for global students.

Science & Engineering

Science and Israel are virtually synonymous. Israel holds a prominent global position in the realm of science and engineering. Distinguished by their achievements, Israeli scientists have secured four Nobel Prizes in chemistry, three Turing Awards in computer science, and one Fields Medal in mathematics. Ranking seventh worldwide in citations per scientific publication, Israel excels notably in fields like computer science, engineering, chemistry, and life sciences. By studying in Israel, you will gain the invaluable opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers and cutting-edge facilities in these domains.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Israel’s Start-Up Nation is not only a hub for inventing some of the most cutting-edge technologies known to man but also a place where universities and educational institutions are sought after by students looking to advance their knowledge in tech-related fields such as computer science, programming, and digital marketing.

Agriculture & Sustainability

As food shortages and global energy prices are global concerns, Israel’s cutting-edge aggro-tech innovations are now in high demand. From the early days of the Kibbutz and the challenging environment and scarcity of natural resources, Israel has emerged as an innovative agricultural hub, fostering new plant species and groundbreaking agricultural technologies. Notably, drip irrigation exemplifies Israel’s triumph in this field. Israel’s academic institutions actively teach and research agriculture and sustainability topics vital to global environmental concerns.

Art, Design & Music

It is not unusual to see Hollywood actresses such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Sarah Michelle Gellar walk the red carpet, wearing gowns designed by Israelis.
For such a small country with world-renowned art institutes like Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and the Hebrew University’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, it’s no wonder that Israel has made such a significant footprint in the world of artistic fashion. With a backdrop of historical significance and diverse artistic influences, students can tap into a unique wellspring of inspiration. Exploring these disciplines in Israel, students immerse themselves in an environment where tradition and innovation seamlessly blend, providing a transformative journey of discovery, self-expression, and creative growth.

Jewish Studies

As the epicenter of the Jewish world, Israel serves as a natural destination for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of Jewish religion, history, culture, and philosophy. Israel is home to the most iconic Biblical sites, such as Shiloh and the Temple Mount, the holiest site for Jews. The bottom line is that there isn’t a more authentic place to learn Jewish studies than in the Land of the Bible itself.

Israel & Middle Eastern Studies

Situated in a region of global significance, Israel captures worldwide attention. For individuals pursuing careers related to Israel or the Middle East, Israel offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain profound insights into the region’s political, social, and economic dimensions. Academic institutions in Israel offer a broad spectrum of programs, spanning ancient to contemporary studies of Israel and Middle Eastern states and language courses in Hebrew and Arabic.

English Programs

Not everyone has a knack for languages. So, if learning fluent Hebrew isn’t in the cards, don’t worry. There are many academic programs in Israel taught exclusively in English. Some educational programs have short durations, such as summer courses or one-semester to one-year programs, while others encompass full-fledged study programs taught in English and leading to degrees.
New Olim students eligible for support from the Student Authority can enroll in English-taught programs provided the program holds recognition from the Council for Higher Education and offers a complete academic path culminating in a degree (B.A. or M.A.).
It’s worth noting that the tuition fees for English-language programs are generally higher compared to regular university programs. New Olim Students receive a scholarship from the Student Authority, covering the basic university tuition, and they are responsible for the remaining costs.
Be advised:
Although Hebrew is the primary language of instruction in standard academic programs, much of the reading material is in English. Additionally, in many institutions and departments, students have the option to submit seminar papers in English. Therefore, having proficiency in English can be a significant advantage even in programs taught in Hebrew.

English-Taught Programs at the Jerusalem College of Technology

English-Taught Programs at Shalem College

English-Taught Programs at Hadassah Academic College

The Student Authority (Minhal Hastudentim)

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an organization that offers Olim students the support they need to thrive in Israel’s academic institutions? Well, that issue has been resolved thanks to Israel’s Student Authority. This body promotes Aliyah and pursuing academics in Israel among global students. It supports and guides students seeking to excel in their studies and assimilate into Israeli society. This guidance commences from overseas and continues throughout the formulation of a personalized academic plan, ensuring success up to graduation. It also provides information and advice on diverse topics, encompassing coping with anxiety, program selection, financial support, and more, including:

A network of counselors providing social guidance and support to individual students

The Student Authority’s counselors initiate an initial meeting with each student to establish a personal connection and identify any areas where the student requires assistance or professional help.
The counselors serve as mediators between the students and various departments within the institution, facilitating their integration into the school. They connect students with the relevant offices responsible for assisting Olim students and helping them navigate within the institution. Additionally, the counselors refer students to tutoring and academic support services when needed. To foster social integration, the counselors organize various events throughout the school year.
The counselors also provide assistance with various public entities such as the IDF, Social Security, government ministries, non-profit organizations, and scholarship funds. They serve as a vital source of information for students and offer assistance with their rights and accommodations.

Social workers providing emotional support

For students facing challenges, social workers are available in every regional office, accepting aid applications directly from students and through their counselors. Some students receive assistance from the Student Authority’s social workers, while others are referred to other frameworks or subsidized psychological services offered by academic institutions. The social workers provide a range of services, including:

  • Emotional, economic, academic, and medical support and guidance throughout the year or during a crisis
  • Referrals for treatment in centers within the academic system or community
  • Referrals for diagnosing learning disabilities
  • Financial aid to eligible students
  • Referrals of students to financial aid funds

Academic support and study assistance

The Student Authority collaborates with Dean offices of academic institutions to guarantee that new Olim receive their entitled benefits and rights in accordance with the policies of the respective institution.
Check your Oleh rights based on the institution by exploring the links below:

Social and cultural activities provided by the Student Authority

Throughout the academic year, the Israel Student Authority works with guides to organize several social activities and trips within the country. These events aim to create a social network for Olim students, allowing them to connect with others and engage in distinctive Israeli experiences. The authority also offers social and cultural activities, including a range of excursions to explore the country’s heritage and events preparing for Israeli holidays. Festivals, cultural evenings in cinemas and theatres, and shared Shabbat meals provide additional opportunities for students to bond and increase their sense of community.

How to Apply

Choosing your academic institute in Israel
Israel has so many outstanding colleges and universities to choose from, yet before you start the application process, you might want to consider taking the following measures:

  • Choose the ideal program for your academic journey
  • Select your desired course and proceed to fill out and submit the necessary application forms. After receiving acceptance, an official letter with course details and start dates will be sent or emailed to you
  • If you are not an Oleh, you’ll need to secure your student visa through the Israeli Embassy or Consulate in your home country

Admission Requirements for Studying in Israel

Acceptance to an academic institution opens the door to your academic future. However, admission to Israeli universities or colleges involves a series of tests, exams, and preparatory courses.
Acceptance to an Israeli university requires the completion of twelve years/ graduation of secondary education.

However, if you have not completed the mandatory twelve years, there are two ways to circumvent the obstacle:

  1. Complete one year of university studies in your home country and then enroll in the first year of a bachelor’s program in Israel.
  2. Attend a preparatory program referred to in Israel as Mechina. These programs are designed for international students seeking to enhance their proficiency in Hebrew or English while bridging academic gaps.

Evaluation for Academic Degrees and Professional Licensing

If you’re considering having your foreign academic degree transferred to Israel, you’re taking an exciting step toward expanding your career opportunities. You will gain recognition for your academic achievements, and because of Israel’s reputation as a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, you will be well-positioned to take your career to the next level. The process of evaluating foreign diplomas and secondary education certificates involves utilizing both Israeli and international criteria to determine eligibility. This service is intended to assist Olim and institutions from foreign countries in the process of enrolling in educational, training, and employment programs within Israel.

Guidelines for Evaluation

Israeli academia achieved its international prominence and reputation due to its high standards. Therefore, certain requirements are demanded of prospective students. The key factor in assessing foreign and Israeli degrees is whether the foreign institution is officially recognized in its country as per international law. To recognize the academic degrees, the institutions must hold a license, a temporary license, or a conditional license issued by the Council for Higher Education at the time of registration for studies and at the time of receiving the degree, as defined by the Council for Higher Education Law of 1958. The list of licensed institutions, as mentioned above, is updated and published periodically by the Council for Higher Education. It is recommended that the student contact the Student Authority to verify the institution’s licensure status before registering for studies. It is also important to note that the Olim students’ salary and ranking in the public sector working place is also derived from their education; thus, it is very important which certificates they come with and present. If the degree doesn’t meet certain criteria, students may complete the necessary requirements at the same institution where they received the degree without obtaining an additional degree. They may request a re-evaluation within one year of the date of the first notification of the degree’s non-acceptance.

Documents to submit when applying for degree evaluation

When applying for degree evaluation, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Israeli or foreign high school diploma
  • Certificate from a foreign academic institution attesting to the completion of the academic degree
  • Detailed transcript from the foreign academic institution, including the following information:
    • Enrollment date, starting date of studies, and completion date
    • List of courses studied
    • Number of frontal or other hours studied in each course and any other details required by the foreign institution
    • Number of academic credits awarded for each course
    • Details of any previous courses and studies recognized by the foreign institution and for which academic credits were awarded (Transferred Credits)
  • The exact address of where the studies took place
  • Certificates or official documents attesting to previous studies, if recognized for the degree
    Discover more information about the Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees

Please note that the Ministry of Education offers an online system to evaluate academic degrees earned abroad. To use this system, you must first register, and then you will be able to monitor the status of your application.

The Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees at the Ministry of Education

The Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees at the Ministry of Education holds the authority to conduct, manage, and evaluate school exams. Its primary function is to develop, prepare, and administer a diverse range of tests throughout the educational sector. It also conducts professional assessments of students within the Israeli education system. The unit oversees a wide array of exams, such as matriculation exams, professional certification exams, technological high-school exams, and elementary-level exams.

Evaluating international credentials for studies in Israel

If you’re considering having your foreign academic degree transferred to Israel, you’re taking an exciting step toward expanding your career opportunities. Not only will you gain recognition for your academic achievements, but because of Israel’s reputation as a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, you will also be well-positioned to take your career to the next level.
The process of evaluating foreign diplomas and secondary education certificates involves utilizing both Israeli and international criteria to determine eligibility. This service is intended to assist Olim and institutions from foreign countries in the process of enrolling in educational, training, and employment programs within Israel.

Evaluating high school diplomas for studies in Israel

The Unit for the Evaluation of Secondary Education assesses foreign academic qualifications, comparing them to Israeli high school diplomas (Bagrut). It uses both Israeli and international criteria to compare foreign diplomas with Israeli ones. To submit documents, send a single PDF file (up to 10MB) to ‘[email protected]‘. Make sure to submit the following documents:

  • A clear scan of a government-issued ID or passport
  • A scanned copy of your certificate or “Tamtzit Rishum” (a standard information form by the Interior Ministry) indicating the issuance date or a country entry and exit form issued by the Interior Ministry
  • A copy of the original academic transcript (in its original language)
  • A copy of the high school diploma (in its original language)
  • A signed Hebrew translation, notarized (with the ‘red ribbon’) of the high school diploma and the academic transcript

Evaluating university and college degrees obtained abroad

You know the value of your academic degree in the country where it was obtained. You will find out its local academic value upon applying to Israeli universities and colleges. The following checklist will help you find the perfect fit for your educational aspirations.

  • Who requires it?
    Individuals aiming to pursue further education in Israel, to present a dissertation or necessitate some recognition, which is also essential for employment linked to degree qualifications
  • Who is responsible?
    The Ministry of Education administers this process through its Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees
  • Documentary Requirements
    You must prepare diplomas from secondary or academic institutions along with a grade transcript
    Duration
    The process usually takes up to 45 days to complete.

Recognition of your Ph.D.

For recognition of a Ph.D., you need to provide the Division for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Degrees with the relevant information regarding the foreign degree you hold. This data will be submitted through the completion of this declaration form (note this document is currently available only in Hebrew). They will assist the division in evaluating your degree based on the same regulations that were applicable during
your study period.

Prerequisites - Psychometric Exam

Psychometric Exam - The exam, known as ‘Israel’s SAT’

The Psychometric University Entrance Test is an Israeli version of the SAT. However, unlike the SAT, this test is used to help evaluate a student’s study eligibility for a specific major rather than to get accepted to a specific university.
For example: a student with a high psychometric score may be eligible to study pre-med, while a student with a lower score might be eligible to study social work. The exam is designed to help predict the likelihood of academic success at academic institutions. It’s also used alongside other assessment tools, such as matriculation results, and to screen applicants for different fields of study. The test allows institutions to rank applicants on a standardized assessment scale. Various courses are available for those interested or needing to improve their score before entering their first year of college.

Advantages to taking a preparatory course for the psychometric exam

As the saying goes: “Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.” A preparatory course for the psychometric exam can provide several benefits for test-takers. Firstly, it can help them become familiar with the format and content of the exam, which may reduce anxiety and increase confidence while taking the test. Additionally, a prep course can teach test-taking strategies and offer practice questions to help students enhance their performance. It can also offer individualized instruction and feedback, which may address specific areas of weakness for each student. Ultimately, investing time and effort into a psychometric prep course may lead to a higher score and greater opportunities for admission to desired academic programs.

To take the Psychometric Entrance Test (paper-and-pencil version), examinees must complete nine sections grouped into the domains of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, or English.

Available languages

The Psychometric exam can be taken in either Hebrew or English.
It’s recommended to take the test in the language in which you are most fluent. There is a combined version that includes both English and Hebrew, and some words are translated into several other languages. The booklet for the Combined/English version is arranged from left to right, similar to English books. For the writing assignment in the test, you must use the language of the test. However, if you are taking the Combined/English version, you can choose to write the assignment in either Hebrew, English, Russian, German, Italian, Hungarian, Amharic, Portuguese, Dutch, or Spanish.
Be advised that the test in languages other than Hebrew and Arabic may not be available on every test date. It is recommended to check the availability of the test in your preferred language on the chosen test date. Additionally, tests in languages other than Hebrew and Arabic are only offered at specific test locations. If you register for a test in another language, you may not be assigned to your desired test location.
Please note that the test scores are not affected by the language in which the test is taken.

Students with learning disabilities

Israeli academia understands the challenges facing those studying with learning disabilities. Therefore, students with learning disabilities receive special accommodations when taking the exam. In the case of learning disabilities, documentation should include a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified professional, a description of the functional limitations related to the disability, and recommendations for specific accommodations. Disabilities include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Physical Restrictions
  • Mental Health Difficulties
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Pre-Academic Preparatory Programs

Ulpan

An Ulpan, which literally means studio, is a Hebrew immersion course offered throughout Israel in different locations and settings where you can dive into the ancient language and learn to use it like a local! The Department of Adult Education in the Ministry of Education supervises dozens of Hebrew Ulpanim throughout Israel that offer intensive Hebrew language courses that last approximately 5 months.

1. Basic Ulpan
Ulpan courses cover basic speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing skills and take place 3-5 days a week, depending on the Ulpan’s location and program setting. New Olim are typically exempt from tuition fees but may be required to pay registration fees and fees for social activities.
In some cases, universities may request prospective students to undertake an Ulpan course even if they have already addressed any education gaps.

There are three main types of Ulpan programs:

  • External city Ulpan that do not include accommodations
  • Ulpan in the Jewish Agency’s absorption centers, which include accommodations
  • Kibbutz Ulpan combining study, work, and room and board on a kibbutz

The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration has also expanded options for study in smaller groups, different hours, including evenings, and shorter duration of study to meet the needs of various Olim groups.

All ulpan programs begin sessions throughout the year based on the number of new Olim who register.

Enrolling in one of the youth Ulpan programs is highly recommended for students and young academics who want to learn Hebrew quickly. These include Ulpan for young academics such as Etzion (located in Haifa, Jerusalem, Ramla, and Be’er Sheva) and youth Ulpan like Beit Brodetsky and Ra’anana. Additionally, the Israel Student Authority offers a TAKA Ulpan in Ashkelon and Tel Aviv. These programs are designed specifically for younger students and academics and offer basic and advanced levels of instruction in Hebrew.

The Student Authority provides students in these Ulpanim with information and explanatory sessions, personalized advice throughout their studies, meetings with educational institutions, and tours, among other resources.

Learn more about Hebrew Studies here.

2. Where Ulpan Meets Master’s Degrees
The Israel Student Authority, in collaboration with several prominent academic institutions and the Jewish Agency, has introduced several exceptional program options for new Olim who wish to pursue a master’s degree.

In these programs, the first year is dedicated to learning introductory and prerequisite courses in English alongside an intensive Hebrew Ulpan course that includes over 800 hours of study. It’s a combined program of Hebrew Ulpan and academic courses for master’s degree seekers.

During the second year, students are integrated into the Hebrew-speaking program alongside other students.

This program offers a “soft landing” on campus, with support from the academic institutions and the Student Authority and subsidized housing for the first year or partial assistance with rent. Additionally, eligible students can enjoy other subsidized benefits provided by the Israel Student Authority.

3. Summer Ulpan
Summer Ulpan is offered by the Ministry of Education to assist Olim with obtaining ‘exemption’ status in Israeli universities. The exemption status indicates that Hebrew proficiency is at the minimum level required to learn in Hebrew at a university. The levels range from 1-5 (Alef-Hey) and require a minimum number of interested students for the program to commence.
Held in July-August, the Summer Ulpan is from 4-5 weeks long, 5 days a week, with 5 learning hours per day.

Who can participate?

  • Prospective college and university students
  • Mechina and TAKA graduates
  • Students must reach an ‘exemption’ level as a final requirement for university acceptance
  • Ph.D. students under the age of 30

4. Curriculum
The Ulpan’s curriculum is designed to help students advance at least one level closer to exemption status.
The program is recommended for students in Ulpan Level 2 (Ramah Bet) to prepare for the TAKA preparatory program, which is contingent on a minimum number of participants.
Be advised that payment for Summer Ulpanim is separate from the regular tuition fee and that the Student Authority does not cover the cost except for TAKA graduates in some institutions. Also, the Student Authority extends support beyond funding tuition by partially subsidizing Hebrew/English language courses up to the exemption level offered throughout the academic program and in accordance with the class schedule.

Mechina

If you never took matriculation exams in Israel but still want to attend an Israeli college, don’t sweat over it. A Mechina is a program designed for Israeli students who did not pass their
Bagrut (matriculation) exams and for new Olim who wish to attend university in Israel. Its purpose is to help students achieve the necessary levels of Hebrew and English proficiency, as well as an equivalency to the Israeli Bagrut necessary to qualify for regular university studies. However, some universities, such as Bar-Ilan University and Machon Lev/Machon Tal in Jerusalem, may not require a Mechina for students who do not have a Bagrut but meet other academic requirements. So, it’s essential to speak with a student advisor at the university to which you are applying before enrolling into a Mechina.
Mechina programs are offered by most academic institutions, such as:

Certain universities, such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, waive the psychometric test requirement for Mechina graduates.

Smooth Path to a Mechina
To enter a preparatory program, follow these steps:

  1. Check document submission deadlines (usually in June)
  2. Complete an online application on the program’s website
  3. Pay the registration fee
  4. Gather, translate, and notarize required documents
  5. Submit documents to the university
  6. Await an official acceptance letter to the preparatory program
  7. Pay the course tuition fee

Necessary Documents:

  • Hebrew test results (a link will be provided after completing an online application)
  • Mathematics test results (a link will be provided after completing an online application)
  • Completed and signed medical questionnaire by your physician
  • Confirmation of English proficiency: Amiram exam score— 60 and above, or equivalent IELTS and TOEFL scores
  • High school diploma together with a grade transcript

Students who meet specific criteria may be exempt from the Mechina program for Olim:

  • UK students who have a GCSE and at least 3 A-level exams in specific subjects
  • Canadian students who have an OSSD or a high school diploma and a CEGEP diploma in specific courses
  • US students who have taken at least 4 AP exams in certain subjects

For admission to a Mechina program, a minimum A2 level of Hebrew is required. If you have no prior knowledge of the language, you’ll need to take a summer language course at an Ulpan.

Please note this is a general document list. Visit your selected program’s website for precise requirements. Additionally, some universities require knowledge of English at the A2B1 level, even for programs in Hebrew.

TAKA – A Prep Program for Academic Hebrew

Similar to the Mechina, Taka is an all-inclusive program designed to prepare Olim who are exempt from Mechinat Olim for academic life in Israel. TAKA is more specialized than the broader Mechina program as it focuses specifically on technology-related knowledge and skills. This bi-annual program, lasting 5-10 months, comprises Olim from across the globe. It is open to students aged 18-32 with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Additionally, individuals with a high school diploma from abroad, equivalent to Israeli matriculation, can also apply. All applicants must meet the requirements set by the Student Authority.

Yael Hebrew Test

Hebrew proficiency is a prerequisite for admission to universities and top colleges in Israel. The YAEL Test assesses your Hebrew language proficiency and is intended for students without an Israeli Matriculation Certificate (Bagrut) or who have not taken a psychometric test in Hebrew.
Achieving success on the YAEL Test can enable admission into various academic institutions in Israel and bring students closer to an exemption from taking further Hebrew language courses during their studies.
The YAEL preparation course is the most effective way to improve Hebrew language skills in a fun and engaging environment that caters to young Olim. To be eligible for the course, students must be young Olim who qualify for assistance from the Israel Student Authority or student Olim who need to take it in order to obtain the mentioned exemption.
The course is designed to expand vocabulary, teach time-management skills and academic writing techniques, and fully prepare students for the YAEL test.
The Israel Student Authority also offers the option of taking the course during the TAKA program at academic institutions in addition to other assistance and scholarships it provides.

Career Placement Programs for Graduating Students

The Ofek Program – integrating new Olim graduates into suitable positions.
The “Ofek” program is designed for graduate students who are motivated to secure a fitting job placement that utilizes their skills and education and who aspire to excel in their chosen profession. Throughout the program, the participants receive individual mentoring by volunteer mentors who have senior positions in the student’s area of study, and together they build a strong social network with employers in the Israeli job market.

Discover more information about the Ofek program

Opportunities for Interning in Israel

Israel stands as the premier destination for internship opportunities. Boasting top-tier academic institutions and organizations, the country provides access to a diverse range of internship programs in dynamic fields like high-tech, business, consulting, government, nonprofit organizations, and more. Seize the chance to gain hands-on experience while pursuing your studies to jumpstart your future career.
We highly recommend exploring the various internship opportunities available in your field of interest.

Find available Internship opportunities

Academic Research

Israel is a leader in cutting-edge research in various fields, consistently ranking among the world’s top countries in terms of R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP and citations as per academic publication. The Israeli government has established partnerships with numerous institutions and countries worldwide, providing funding opportunities for collaborative research. Israeli faculty members welcome international students and researchers to pursue Ph.D. or Post-Doctoral research, making it an excellent destination for academic study.

If you wish to engage in research in Israel, the initial step involves identifying an academic supervisor specializing in your field who is willing to oversee your research. Once you have identified a supervisor, you can commence the registration process through the host institution. Furthermore, a postdoc fellowship in Israel provides resources and opportunities for international researchers to connect with supervisors, ensuring a fulfilling educational experience.

Learn more about the application process and available scholarships

Transferring Academic Licenses

Obtaining an Israeli license for your highly-skilled profession.

Are you a physician, dentist, pharmacist, nurse, veterinarian, lawyer, or accountant looking to be licensed in Israel? Lucky for you, the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption helps organize and fund preparatory courses for licensing exams for new Olim who are eligible for Ministry assistance. It also offers a wide variety of helpful courses to help foreign professionals obtain an Israeli license in their field of expertise.

Doctors

The Ministry of Employment hosts two preparatory courses per year for medical doctors to obtain their licenses from the Ministry of Health. Each course lasts for six months and consists of medical terminology and professional studies in the field of medicine. The courses take place in one of the country’s hospitals, and upon completion, participants undergo an internal exam. Those receiving a score of 70 or above are entitled to a 10% bonus added to their governmental exam score. The course is funded by the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption’s Department of Employment. Eligible participants receive assistance with living expenses and transportation in accordance with the Ministry’s regulations. Licensing is the
responsibility of the Ministry of Health. More information is available on the Ministry of Health website, specifically the Professional Licensing Division. Moreover, details regarding eligibility for additional exam time may be found on the Israeli Medical Association’s website.

Dentists

Dental professionals who are required by the Ministry of Health to pass a government exam to obtain a license receive a voucher. The voucher is given to one
of the two preparatory courses for the licensing exams – theoretical or practical – according to the candidate’s choice. The preparation courses for dental professionals’ licensing take place at one of the institutions recognized by the Ministry of Health as listed below:

  • The School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University
  • The Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem
  • The Institute for Continuing Education, Haifa
  • The College of Health Sciences and Behavior, Ramat Gan

Prospective candidates who wish to receive assistance should contact the admission advisor in their regional area to check their eligibility for the voucher. They can also submit an online request. Licensing falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health.
For more information, visit the Ministry’s website and check out the Department of Professional Licensing under Medical Professions.

Pharmacists

The Ministry of Labor offers government licensing exams preparatory courses covering professional and relevant material for pharmacists twice a year. The Ministry of Health administers these tests and is responsible for Licensing. Eligible participants receive financial assistance for living and travel expenses in accordance with the Ministry’s guidelines. The courses last for six months and include an internal exam. Participants who receive a grade of 70 or above get a bonus grade added to their total score.
For more information, visit the Ministry’s website and check out the Department of Professional Licensing under Medical Professions.

Nurses

The Ministry of Labor, in cooperation with the Nursing Administration in the Ministry of Health, offers preparatory courses for accredited nurses. The opening of the courses is subject to a minimum number of participants. During the course, participants are entitled to assistance with living expenses and transportation in accordance with the regulations set by the Ministry.

Nursing Program stages:

  • Prior to immigrating to Israel, individuals can submit an application for the recognition of professional status in nursing. The request involves providing the required documents to the Nursing Administration, as outlined on their website, available in six different languages
  • Eligible graduates of nursing study programs abroad need to attend the
    Knowledge Complementation Program for the Functioning of a Registered
    Nurse in Israel. This program focuses on professional matters specific to Israel. Successfully completing the program is a threshold for obtaining eligibility for the governmental registered nurse licensing exam. This requirement may be completed in several ways, including an online course or taking an exam

Veterinarians

The Ministry of Labor conducts a preparatory course annually for the veterinarians’ licensing exam. The exam date is set by the Ministry of Agriculture, the entity responsible for licensing. Participants who are eligible for funding also receive assistance with living expenses and transportation according to the Ministry’s regulations. Opening the course is subject to the number of registered participants. It is hosted at the School of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine in the Faculty of
Agriculture in Rehovot, and covers medical terminology and professional studies in the field of veterinary medicine.
The course lasts six months, and participants take an internal exam upon its completion. Participants who receive a grade of 70 or above receive a bonus of 10 points, added to their total score on the Ministry of Agriculture’s exam.

Attorneys

Aspiring lawyers and legal practitioners in Israel, including those with foreign licenses, must complete nine state law exams successfully. The Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption provides biannual preparatory courses for these exams, comprising secondary courses in diverse legal professions. The initial course fee is exempt, but participants are responsible for the costs associated with the second course in the study cycle.

The courses are conducted during evening hours, and eligible participants are assisted with travel expenses in accordance with Ministry regulations. The course is held in the Tel Aviv area and is contingent on the number of participants.
Legal licensing is the responsibility of the Israeli Bar Association.

Accountants

New Oli who want to continue working as accountants must pass exams given by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel. These exams cover commercial law, corporate law, income tax, and VAT.
The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration offers preparatory courses for these exams. The first course is exempt from payment, but starting with the second course, participants are required to pass a Psychometric Entrance Test and must pay for it.
The courses are held in Tel Aviv, and their opening is subject to the number of participants. The courses take place in the evening, and the participants receive assistance with transportation according to the Ministry’s regulations.
Certification is under the responsibility of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Teachers

Transferring your teaching credentials in Israel can be done in the following 4 easy steps:

  1. Contact your district counselors – Available as your main resource for any requests or questions you may have. The initial meeting with the district counselor will include a personal interview to gather information and enter it into the Ministry of Education database. Additionally, you will receive comprehensive explanations and guidance regarding the absorption process for immigrating teachers.
  2. Recognition of foreign degrees – Academic degrees will be acknowledged upon submission of the original documents or certified copies, accompanied by Hebrew translations. These translations must be notarized by an Israeli notary. If required, free assistance with translation can be obtained through the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.
  3. Successful internship year – This is one of the prerequisites before receiving a teaching license.
  4. Professional advancement – The issuance of a teaching license is contingent upon meeting the following criteria:
    • Owning a recognized academic degree
    • Owning an acknowledged teaching certificate
    • Successfully completing the various requirements of a yearly internship

Academic Institutions

Israel boasts many academic institutions with different cultures, student bodies, and identities – all supervised by the Council for Higher Education – the governing body responsible for Israel’s higher educational system, which has also helped to boost the rankings of Israel’s finest universities and colleges.

Israel's Leading Universities and Colleges

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem boasts a consistent presence within the top 100 universities worldwide. Its leading position among Israeli universities is a testament to its academic excellence. Since its inception in 1918, the university has spearheaded innovations from pioneering irrigation techniques for arid climates to breakthroughs such as treatments for Alzheimer's disease and ovarian cancer. The institute features six campuses, three of them in Jerusalem. The Hebrew University's Israeli student body consists of about 23,500 students to date, including approximately 2,000 international students hailing from 90 countries worldwide. Many international students enroll in the University’s prestigious Rothberg International School yearly.
Jerusalem

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University is the largest University in Israel, boasting a student body of over 30,000. The campus, which is located in the heart of Israel’s high-tech hub, is ranked 22nd worldwide in digital learning and 7th worldwide in entrepreneurship.
Tel Aviv

Bar-Ilan University

Located in Ramat Gan, is the only Israeli university that combines traditional Jewish studies with a comprehensive range of academic disciplines, in a unique blend of religious and secular education.
Ramat Gan

The University of Haifa

Established in 1963, the University of Haifa is the leading research university in northern Israel. It boasts a diverse student body exceeding 18,000 individuals. Esteemed for its inclusivity, it holds the distinction of being the most pluralistic institution of higher education in the nation.
Rishon Lezion

The Weizmann Institute of Science

Located in Rehovot, this famous institution traces its origins back to 1934. It's named after Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the Institute's founder and Israel’s first President. The Weizmann Institute is a renowned global entity for multidisciplinary basic research in the natural and exact sciences.
Rehovot

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

A prominent player among Israel's research universities, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ranks among global frontrunners in numerous disciplines. With an enrollment rate of approximately 20,000 students per year, the university is home to faculties spanning Engineering Sciences, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Business and Management.
Beer Sheva

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

In 1901, during The Fifth Zionist Congress held in Basel, three Jewish intellectuals, including future first President of Israel Chaim Weizmann, emphasized the need to establish an educational institution focused on engineering aimed at fostering the development of the soon-to-be established State of Israel. The Technion was founded in 1924 and has since produced over 50% of Israel's start-up founders in the high-tech industry and at least 50% of the country's engineers.
Haifa

The Open University of Israel

Hosts approximately 47,000 students per year and offers a unique distance learning experience, allowing students to pursue their education at their own pace. This makes it an ideal choice for full-time workers supporting families, high-achieving high school students, professionals aiming for advanced degrees, ultra-Orthodox men and women, Israeli Arabs, and students with disabilities. It is the only institution of higher education where active-duty IDF soldiers are allowed to study while serving.
Haifa

Ariel University

Ariel University is located in the heart of Samaria and places significant emphasis on robust life science and engineering research strategically aligned with the demands of the nation's dynamic hi-tech sectors. The university's vision is to lead the way in pioneering research to propel Israel's economic and societal progress.
Ariel

Reichman (IDC) University

Since its establishment in 1994 as Israel’s first private, non-profit institution of higher education, Reichman University has been committed to educating future leaders, pioneering an innovative approach to interdisciplinary higher education. At present, the University is authorized to offer various PhD programs in law, psychology, and computer science.
Herzliya

Shalem College

Founded in Jerusalem in 2013, Shalem College is a distinguished undergraduate institution of higher education. Its mission is to cultivate a group of prominent Israeli citizens committed to meaningful public service while upholding the dual identity of their nation as both Jewish and democratic.
Jerusalem

Jerusalem College of Technology

Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) was established in 1969, this academic institution hosts nearly 5,000 students across its three campuses. JCT excels in the fields of high-tech engineering, industrial management, business administration, and life and health sciences. At the core of JCT's mission is not only to cultivate highly skilled professionals equipped for Israel's rapidly advancing industries but also to embrace a dedication to Jewish values, the Jewish community, and the State of Israel.
Jerusalem

Emuna-Ephrata - An Academic College for Arts and Education

A merger of Efrata College for Education and Emuna College for the Arts which comprises of two distinct schools: 1. Efrata - The School for Education and Teaching offers four specialized programs for undergraduate degrees, including Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, and Elementary Education with various specializations. Additionally, it provides programs for second-degree attainment, academic transition pathways for educators, and various certificate courses. 2. Emuna – College of Arts and Technology, features a wide variety of agespecific programs including Theatre, Art, Visual Communication, and an interdisciplinary program.
Jerusalem

Afeka Academic College of Engineering in Tel Aviv

Since its establishment in 1996, the college has conferred degrees upon more than 8,000 engineering and science graduates at the bachelor and master levels. Afeka's alumni have assumed pivotal positions within various sectors, including high technology, research and development, defence, electronics, software, medicine, machinery, and management - both locally and internationally.
Tel Aviv

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem

Founded in 1906, Bezalel established an outstanding reputation as Israel's leading academic institution for art, design, and architecture, and has consistently led the way in fostering originality, creativity, and innovation.
Jerusalem

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD)

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) is dedicated to recognizing, nurturing, and unleashing the potential of talented artists. Comprising three institutions - the conservatory, high school, and the Academy itself - JAMD welcomes a daily influx of 1,600 gifted young individuals to learn, create, and express their deep commitment to the worlds of music and dance.
Jerusalem

Achva Academic College

Achva Academic College serves as a central hub for students interested in contributing to the advancement of southern Israel. Students engage in diverse fields such as mathematics, science, humanities, teaching, and more. Its vibrant community comprises 3,200 students from various cultural backgrounds, offering a rich tapestry that mirrors the inclusivity and diversity that define the institution's environment.
Yinon

Ashkelon Academic College (AAC)

A decade following the declaration of Ashkelon Academic College (AAC) as an independent institution, its leadership set a fresh objective: to elevate the college into a leading international academic collaboration center. The program commenced its initial activities In November 2018 as delegations from the Netherlands and Austria graced the college with their visits. Since the inception of the international program, a multitude of initiatives and activities have been successfully planned and implemented.
Ashkelon

The Academic College Levinsky-Wingate

Founded in 1912, the Academic College Levinsky-Wingate holds the distinction of being Israel's inaugural academic teachertraining institution for Hebrew instruction. Upholding stringent academic excellence, the college stands at the forefront of innovation in education. It offers a diverse set of programs, providing opportunities for a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with options both for and without a thesis, and a specialized program designed to retrain academics for careers in the field of education.
Tel Aviv

Beit Berl College

Established in 1949, it was one of the first colleges of education to achieve recognition for academic excellence, alongside other prestigious universities. This institution has evolved into one of the largest colleges in Israel, enrolling approximately 10,000 students per year from various backgrounds. The college is home to a diverse faculty of 700 professors, lecturers, and expert practitioners. Situated on a multicultural campus, the college also places a strong emphasis on community engagement, contributing to its vibrant and dynamic educational environment.
Beit Berl

Western Galilee College

Founded in 1994, the Western Galilee Academic College currently serves a diverse student body of 4,000 across its various academic disciplines. Positioned as a multifaceted higher education institution, the college encompasses academic, cultural, social, economic, and educational dimensions. The college aims to catalyze prosperity and development within the Western Galilee region. Thus, the primary objective of the college is to appeal to a wide spectrum of students hailing from the local area and beyond.
Akko

Hadassah Academic College (HAC)

Situated in the vibrant heart of downtown Jerusalem, HAC offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and select graduate programs. These programs are designed to prepare graduates for careers in highdemand sectors, including various Health Sciences, Computer Science, Management, Economics and Accounting, Industrial Design, Politics and Communications, Social Work, and others.
Jerusalem

Shaanan College

Dedicated to religious education, was founded in 1951. It initially served as a two-year seminary focused on training religious teachers and kindergarten educators for religious education in Haifa and the broader northern region. However, in the early 1970s, an additional third year of study was added, allowing graduates to complete their education as certified senior kindergarten educators or teachers. Over the years, the college expanded its offerings to include specialized fields of study and educational programs, preparing educators for middle schools and special education.
Haifa

Herzog College

Founded in 1973, Herzog College has emerged as a pioneer in teacher training and pedagogical innovation gaining international acclaim as one of Israel's most esteemed and extensive institutions for teacher education. Presently, the college boasts a thriving community of over 3,500 students spread across its four campuses in Israel, in addition to teacher-training seminars conducted worldwide within Jewish communities.
Jerusalem

Hemdat Hadarom Academic College of Education

Hemdat Hadarom Academic College of Education is situated in a tranquil rural area near Netivot. In 1990, the college began operating as a satellite campus of Orot Israel College, the largest religious teachers college in Israel. In 1995, it gained independence as "Hemdat Hadarom" (The Southern Academic College). By 2000 the college had obtained authorization and recognition from the Council for Higher Education. Initially catering exclusively to female students pursuing undergraduate degrees, the college expanded its program offerings to train male educators in 2007, resulting in the establishment of a graduate school in 2012.
Netivot

Kinneret College

Founded on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in 1965, this higher education institution accommodates approximately 4,000 students yearly, pursuing diverse academic programs and disciplines guided by a multicultural educational philosophy. Kinneret is dedicated to fostering the progress and growth of the region while promoting active community engagement.
Degania Bet

Braude College

Located in Carmiel, it launches educational and scientific initiatives rooted in values for the younger generation and motivates students to dedicate their time and expertise for the betterment of society.
Karmiel

SCE

Israel's largest engineering college was established in 1995. SCE, The Sami Shamoon College of Engineering, currently serves a student body of more than 6,500 individuals and has over 13,000 alumni graduates.
Beer Sheva and Ashdod

Givat Washington

Religious youth educational campus was founded in 1950 through the efforts of the Jewish community in Washington, USA, with the primary goal of providing a safe haven for child survivors of the Holocaust. In 1953, the teacher's seminary was established as part of the institution. Today, the campus offers various facilities such as an academic library, a medical center, a computer studies center, and an exercise physiology laboratory. Additional attractions for potential students include sports amenities, a natural swimming pool, an amphitheater, and dormitories.
Beit Raban

Tel Hai College

Situated in a distinctive location with a rich and varied ecosystem, Tel Hai provides a dynamic setting for practical research utilizing the region's natural resources. The International Academic Affairs Unit at Tel-Hai actively fosters and sustains global academic partnerships, presenting distinctive initiatives for both students and faculty members. The College also serves as a catalyst for regional progress and development.
Kiryat Shmona

Gordon Academic College of Education

Established in 1953, the college provides a range of programs leading to teaching certificates, including B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees. For more than a decade now, it has actively participated in and even spearheaded international educational teacher-training initiatives aimed at advancing equality, democracy, as well as human and children's rights in both Israel and Europe.
Haifa

David Yellin Academic College of Education

Originally established in 1913 as "The Hebrew Teachers’ Seminary," it embarked on a mission to develop teacher education programs in Hebrew producing educators capable of instructing their students in Hebrew. With a diverse student body of 5,000 individuals, the college welcomes students from various backgrounds, including religious and secular Jews, Muslim and Christian Arabs, as well as new immigrants.
Jerusalem

Kaye College

Kaye College offers its students a multicultural and multilingual educational experience. This harmonious fusion of cultures mirrors the ethnic diversity found in the Negev region. Shared courses are conducted in Hebrew, catering to both Jewish and Bedouin students, alongside separate courses taught in Arabic within the Bedouin department. Additionally, the college provides a distinctive coexistence course that facilitates meaningful interactions between Jewish and Bedouin students, fostering mutual understanding of each other's cultures and ways of life.
Beer Sheva

Ramat Gan Academic College

Ramat Gan Academic College specializes in an array of academic programs in diverse fields such as nursing, health management, information systems, computer science, educational counseling, digital learning technologies, human resources, management, societal behavior, economics, as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.
Ramat Gan

Netanya Academic College

Netanya Academic College has gained its outstanding reputation as a leading academic insinuation over the past quarter-century. With a diverse pool of over 25,000 graduates, the college is dedicated to promoting the fundamental values of a free and inclusive Israeli society while championing individuals' rights to selffulfillment. The college hosts an esteemed faculty of educators who excel in scientific teaching. Additionally, it houses research centers that operate on both national and global scales.
Netanya

Sapir Academic College

Sapir Academic College is Israel’s largest public college located in the western Negev. It offers a wide range of academic programs, including bachelor's and master's degrees in fields such as communications, engineering, design, arts, humanities, social sciences, and others.
Sderot

Yezreel Valley College (YVC)

Yezreel Valley College is a dynamic institution situated in the picturesque Yezreel Valley, historically known for its role in Israel's agricultural development. With a yearly student population exceeding 5,000, YVC draws individuals from urban centers, rural communities, kibbutzim, and moshavim throughout the nation. This diverse student body represents various religious and ethnic backgrounds, creating a vibrant and multifaceted academic environment that mirrors the multicultural composition of Israel.
Yezreel Valley (near Afula)

Zefat Academic College

Zefat Academic College is a rapidly expanding public institution situated at the entrance of the historic city of Zefat. The college enrols approximately 3,000 students annually, pursuing bachelor programs in health sciences, law, humanities, and social sciences. Over 90% of these students originate from the culturally diverse Galilee region, and some come from deprived communities within Israel's northern periphery.
Zefat

The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo

The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo is a non-profit, fully accredited public institution. Through experiential learning, applied research, and social responsibility, the college strives to make a positive impact on society and contribute to Israel's long-term well-being and economic stability.
Tel Aviv

COLMAN - The College of Management Acdemic Studies

Situated in the coastal city of Rishon Lezion, just south of Tel Aviv, its picturesque 31-acre campus is promoting over fifty programs, with an annual enrollment of 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students. Supported by a faculty comprising 1,000 full-time and adjunct members, COLMAN provides its students with a meaningful and contemporary learning experience. It takes pride in its substantial influence, not only on its 60,000 alumni but also on the Israeli economy and society as a whole.
Rishon Lezion

Academic Center for Law and Business

Academic Center for Law and Business is continuously assisting numerous students in seamlessly transitioning into the workforce, spanning both the private and public sectors, including student positions. The institute provides personalized vocational guidance tailored to each student's needs. Throughout this process, students engage in a distinctive and targeted program. It includes one-on-one mentoring, resume crafting, mock interviews, professional lectures, interactions with government entities and leading corporations in the industry.
Rishon Lezion

NB Haifa School of Design

A distinct Israeli institution that provides exceptional academic degree programs across multiple design disciplines, combining advanced professional skill development with teacher training programs. It fosters the development of individual creativity within its student community while instilling a strong sense of dedication to the community at large. In this regard, the school stands out from other higher education institutions that focus mainly on design.
Haifa

Peres Academic Center

Peres Academic Center is named after Israel’s late Prime Minister and President, and is considered to be an exceptional institution within the Israeli academic sphere. It excels in both academic quality and its personalized support for students throughout their journey towards their professional careers. The center provides distinctive and adaptable study programs within an outstanding academic faculty, and aims to create a welcoming environment for its 7,000 yearly students.
Rehovot

Ruppin Academic Center

Established in 1949, it stands out as one of Israel's leading educational institutions. Its diverse student body of 5,000 members represents a wide range of socioeconomic, ethnic backgrounds and locations, including Jewish and Arab students. Ruppin is dedicated to fostering a learning environment that enables students to realize and reach their fullest potential.
Emek Hefer

The Academic College of Law and Science

The Academic College of Law and Science provides a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including degrees in law (LL.B), accounting (B.A), interdisciplinary studies encompassing Public Administration, Government, and Law (B.A.), as well as Healthcare Administration (B.A.). Additionally, the College offers advanced degrees such as a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M) and a Master’s degree in Law studies tailored for individuals without a legal background (M.A).
Hod Hasharon

Ono Academic College

Ono's faculty has consistently earned top honors from Israel's national student association for five consecutive years. The curriculum at Ono is aligned with the current demands of the Israeli job market, effectively preparing students for highly demanding careers. Ono is dedicated to educating individuals from all segments of Israeli society, contributing to the advancement of a more inclusive and improved community for everyone.
Kiryat Ono

HIT Holon Institute of Technology

HIT Holon Institute of Technology is actively promoting the idea of "Hi-Tech Nation" through its pioneering creativity, robust research, and development initiatives. HIT embodies the fusion of academia and industry, striving for a seamless integration of science, engineering, design, and management.
Holon

The International School at Oranim College

The International School at Oranim College serves as an educational institution committed to collaboration with diverse multicultural groups and fostering academic partnerships. With a strong connection to the global Jewish community, it has a wealth of experience in delivering programs that encompass Jewish education and Jewish studies. In addition, the college is also dedicated to enhancing knowledge, promoting understanding, and facilitating cooperation among scholars, educators, and students from across the globe.
Kiryat Tivon

Orot Israel College of Education

Orot Israel College of Education is the biggest Religious Teachers College in Israel. With more than 4,000 students spread across two campuses in Elkana and Rehovot, the institution's main mission is to establish a community of educators. These educators are dedicated to fostering academic excellence as well as implementing spiritual leadership and Torah values. Their goal is to encourage positive change in Israeli society through influencing individual students attending various educational entities.
Elkana and Rehovot

Jerusalem College

Founded in 1964 by Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Kooperman whose unique vision was to create the country's leading Torah-based academic institution. In 1976, the college earned acknowledgment from the Council for Higher Education as the pioneer academic institution exclusively devoted to teacher education within a framework rooted in Torah principles. Since then, it has consistently demonstrated academic excellence while maintaining its commitment to religious and Torah-based values.
Jerusalem

Sakhnin Academic College

Established in 2001 the college's campus is nestled within the Galilee, located in the Arab city of Sakhnin. It offers a range of educational opportunities to the Arab community at large and specifically to those living in the Galilee region.
Sakhnin

Kibbutzim College

Established in 1939, it emerged as a pioneering endeavor initiated by Israel's collaborative kibbutz movement. The college's primary objective was to create an educational training seminar dedicated to preparing teachers for both school and pre-school settings. At the core of its educational philosophy lies the belief that teaching is a comprehensive attempt to blend the spheres of the school, the community, and the natural environment.
Tel Aviv

Azrieli College of Engineering

Azrieli College of Engineering was established in 1996 with a vision of advancing higher education in engineering and making a positive impact on Jerusalem and its residents. In 2008, the college forged a strategic partnership with TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and the Foundation for Development and Advancement, leading to the creation of the Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering. This collaboration resulted in establishing exclusive laboratories, which are unparalleled in the Middle East.
Jerusalem

Shankar

Established in 1970 under the name "College for Fashion and Textile Technology" with a primary objective to train skilled professionals for the flourishing textile and clothing industry in Israel at that time. The institution was named in honor of Arieh Shenkar, the visionary behind the Manufacturers Association of Israel and a pioneer in the Israeli textile industry. Over the years, it has established a global reputation as one of Israel's leading fashion and design schools.
Ramat Gan

Talpiot College

Talpiot College is a long-established and unique institution located in Holon, specializing in the training of teachers and kindergarten teachers in the spirit of a pluralistic religious-educational approach. In 1995, the college was officially recognized as a higher education institution authorized to grant a bachelor's degree in education. It offers various study programs in different areas of specialization. The college also houses two Torah study centers, "Aviv Midrasha" and "Binat Midrasha".
Holon

Rights & Benefits for Olim Chadashim

As a new Oleh student in Israel, you are entitled to certain benefits and support. Earning money as a student, especially in a new country, can be challenging. However, if you’re a new Oleh, you can rest assured that Israel has your back. The Ministry of Aliyah’s Israel Student Authority offers guidance and assistance to new Olim students who have made Aliyah, understanding that the transition to student life in Israel can present various challenges. The Student Authority goes beyond merely offering scholarships and tuition assistance; it strives to address the diverse needs of students comprehensively. This approach aims to support students in succeeding in their studies, optimally completing their degrees, and seamlessly integrating into both employment and Israeli society upon graduation.

Scholarships

Expenses shouldn’t hold back your education.
Israeli academic institutions are currently offering over 1,000 scholarships to help fund your educational journey. Whether you’re interested in science, engineering, the arts, or any other field, these scholarships can provide the financial aid you need to chase your academic dreams. So why wait? Start searching and apply for your scholarship today! There are scholarships available for every student looking to learn in Israel.
These include a variety of scholarships, such as teacher recommendation scholarships, scholarships for discharged soldiers, scholarships for undergraduate and graduate degrees, scholarships for Haredi individuals, scholarships for Ethiopian Olim, scholarships for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds (maintenance scholarships), and numerous other valuable scholarships.

Services and Assistance Provided by the Student Authority for New Olim Students Services

  • A network of counselors offering social guidance and support
  • Social workers providing emotional support in various situations Activities
  • Social and cultural activities provided by the Student Authority