Study a graduate program in Israel
Graduate programs in Israel
What do you know about Israel? This is a young country with a controversial past and uncertain future, but it is also home to some world class universities which are perfect places to study a graduate program in Israel.
Israel is a cultural, religious and historical marvel. From the old world of Jerusalem to the party town of Tel Aviv, there are plenty of places to interest international graduates. While its political struggles and confrontations with its neighbours cannot be ignored, Israel is still – in general – a safe and welcoming place for international students.
Studying a graduate program in Israel might just change your opinions.
Higher education in Israel is diverse and follows a similar model to European and American universities, with Masters programs lasting between 3-4 years.
Due to its small size, there are only seven state-funded universities in Israel offering graduate programs, but each university has a reputation for excellence. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s premier university and is home to more than 2,000 international students.
You can study a graduate program in Israel at the following institutions:
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
- Weizmann Institute of Science
- Bar-Illan University
- Tel Aviv University
- University of Haifa
- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
You may be asked to take a psychometric entrance test as part of your admissions procedure to an Israeli university. The test will cover three areas: quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and English language. You are able to take the test in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish and a combined Hebrew/English offering.
Immigration and visas in Israel
Students whose graduate program in Israel takes longer than a year to complete will need to obtain an A2 student visa prior to travelling.
In order to successfully get the visa, you will need to demonstrate the following:
- You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
- You have sufficient funds in place to support yourself during your studies
- Your passport is valid for at least one year
The Israeli student visa is valid for one year and for multiple entrances and exits. If your course lasts longer than a year, you will need to extend your visa while in Israel. The visa does not allow you to work while in Israel.
Life in Israel
The Israeli lifestyle you encounter will depend wholly on the city and university you choose to study in. Opt for Jerusalem and you’re at the centre of many of the world’s major religions, with history seeping out of every corner. Head to Tel Aviv and you’ll be enjoying student bars and busy nightclubs, or head to the Negev desert for peace and solitude.
Israel is such a small country that most of its major sites are easily accessible, so you’ll have lots of opportunities to experience different sides of the country.
Security is a way of life in Israel, and you’ll get used to being searched and patted down when you head out, whether on public transport, cinemas or to the mall. It’s also impossible to avoid the political discussion around Israel and Palestine, so leave your preconceptions at the door and see what life is really like for those in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Working in Israel
Israel has one of the strongest economies in Southwest Asia and is an economic powerhouse in the Middle East. It is largely self-sufficient and relies less on imports than many other countries. Particularly successful fields include science and technology, energy, transport, and of course, the military. Religious tourism is also a big contributor to the economy, with more than 3.5 million tourists visiting Israel in 2012.
International graduates on student visas in Israel are not permitted to work under the terms of their visa.
Students who have been accepted onto a graduate program in Israel have three main options when it comes to finding somewhere to live:
- University provided accommodation
- Private accommodation
Most graduate students in Israel will opt for university provided accommodation, at least for the first few months of their study. This will allow you to avoid a lot of the hassle associated with moving countries, as well as giving you a secure base from which to explore your new surroundings and the chance to meet fellow students.
Finding private accommodation in Israel is relatively straightforward once you are in the country, and is perfect for those travelling with families or those who want more space to themselves.
Climate in Israel
Despite its small size, Israel has a varied and changeable climate. Temperatures can vary widely, particularly in the winter, with mountainous regions experience snowfall and windy, cold weather. By contrast, the coastal regions of Tel Aviv and Haifa have a Mediterranean climate, with cool, wet winters.
Israel often experiences rain droughts in its summer months of May to September.
Getting around Israel is easy due to its extensive road network and developing rail system. Buses and coaches are the main way of getting around, with several carries running routes throughout the country.
Israel is home to more than 40 airports, with Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv being your most likely entry and exit point.
The currency of Israel is the Israeli New Shekel.
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