During Israel’s 68 years of existence, the small country has fast developed into an economy hugely renowned for its high-tech development, innovation and entrepreneurship – thus gaining the nickname ‘the start-up nation’, with its own version of the US Silicon Valley, the Silicon Wadi.
Israel is popular for innovation in the high-tech sector, and houses more high-tech start-ups than any country other than the US – quite impressive, considering the country’s relatively small size and population. In recent years, Israel has also been touted as the world’s next major biotech hub.
How to Apply
Note that there is no centralized application system for universities in Israel, so you’ll be required to apply directly to your chosen university, providing the required documents and following the instructions stated on the institution’s official website. You may need to take a psychometric entrance test as part of the admissions process, which will test your quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and English language skills.
Student Visa Requirements
For international students who apply to study in Israel for a period of more than three months, a student visa (A2 visa) will be required. Note that visa applications should be submitted to the nearest Israeli consulate at least three months ahead of intended arrival in Israel.
To apply for an Israeli student visa, you will need:
- A letter of acceptance from an Israeli university
- A passport valid at least six months beyond your intended visit duration
- Two passport-sized photos
- Proof of sufficient finances to cover the duration of your stay
A completed visa application form, available here
- Visa processing fee (US$46)
International students also need to have health insurance for the length of their studies. This may be provided by the university, included within the tuition fees, or it may be necessary to purchase insurance privately. It’s also important to note that you’re unable to work in Israel with your student visa.
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Tuition Fees and Living Costs
Tuition fees in Israel vary depending on your level of study and university, but generally you will pay around US$9,000-15,000 per year at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Living costs are also relatively affordable, with about US$10,500 needed for each year of study. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv will be the most expensive cities in which to rent accommodation.
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