In the Israeli study model, a distinction is made between universities, colleges (specific subject areas) and regional colleges (which are assigned to individual universities, creating a total of 61 high education institutions in Israel. In addition, there are also institutions that lead to vocational qualifications (non-academic). Universities in Israel are governed by the principle of autonomy and unity in research and teaching.
The study system is based on the British/ American system and is also divided into the following categories:
First, undergraduate level: the course of study is designed to last three to four years and leads to a bachelor's degree. In the first year of study, basic content is taught and specialisations are possible in the following years of study.
Second, graduate studies: The study programme lasts two years and is completed with the acquisition of a master's degree.
Third, doctor’s degree: This is also the highest degree in Israel and requires about two more years of study.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Israeli universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Israeli universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.
It becomes apparent that in general Israel's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s regional engagement and international orientation dimensions.
Israeli Higher Education Institutions charge tuition fees. State institutions charge approximately 10,200 NIS/year (2,400€) for bachelor's programmes and 13,800 NIS/year (3,300€) for master's programmes. Tuition fees for private universities can be significantly higher, ranging from 25,000 to 40,000 NIS (approx. 6,000 - 9,000€).
These fees can be even higher for foreigners, for example, extra fees can be charged for the master’s thesis. In addition, there is the special feature that some study programmes for non-nationals are offered with accommodation, which also results in extra costs.
There are no uniform regulations for admission at the universities, as they can act autonomously. It is therefore advised to obtain information individually from the universities.
However, it is generally the case that you need the highest school-leaving qualification of your own country to study at the universities. For some qualifications, decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. For foreign students, proof of knowledge of English and Hebrew is also an admission requirement. For some universities, further examinations are required for admission.
An application for admission must be submitted by international students directly to the university. The deadlines vary from university to university.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Israel. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
A student visa can be applied for at Israeli consulates. This is valid for one year and can be extended if necessary. The visa does not include a work permit, so you must apply for this individually.