There are 66 higher education institutions in Israel. These are composed of universities, colleges and courses taught through the Open University. 41% of students are enrolled in colleges, 38% in universities and 21% take courses from the Open University. Most students begin their degrees at 21 years old, after having completed their three years of compulsory military service. Colleges are generally specialized and therefore only offer a specific set of degrees. Colleges offer Bachelor’s and Master’s, whereas Universities have the capacity to offer Doctoral degrees as well. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is ranked the 145th in the QS University World Rankings of 2018. Higher education in Israel is open to international students as there are currently 12’000 international students enrolled. For more information, please refer to the official government website: https://www.gov.il/en/Departments/Guides/institutions_and_student_programs.
The educational structure in Israel follows the traditional path of a Bachelor’s, followed by a Master’s and then a Doctorate. Bachelor’s degrees take three to four years to complete. Master’s take two years to complete, and students are given the opportunity to complete their degree with or without a thesis. Doctoral degrees take four to five years to complete.
There is no centralized body of administration for application to Israeli universities, meaning that students are required to apply directly their desired university. Prospective undergraduate students are required to have completed an Israeli matriculation certificate in order to be accepted. However, foreign high school completion certificates, such as the A levels, are recognized by Israeli higher education institutions. Moreover, students are required to pass a psychometric test in order be accepted. Engineering and science faculties require a mathematics or physics entrance exam whereas medical degrees require an interview in order to be selected. Master’s students are required to have a Bachelor’s degree and Doctoral students are required to have a Master’s degree.
Tuition fees for both undergraduate and postgraduate range from 9000$ to 15000$ per year. Israeli students may be eligible to receive grants from the government. Israeli students who have completed their military service previously to their studies are eligible for a discount of up to 90% of their tuition fees.
Information for International Students
The official language of instruction is Hebrew, though some courses at private universities are taught in English. This means that students may be required to take a proficiency test in order to be accepted. International students are required to apply for a student visa with a letter of acceptance from their university and proof that students can financially support themselves during their time of study. Moreover, students are required to purchase health insurance. Students are to live in student accommodation, or in shared flats which they rent upon arrival.