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Study in Israel: All you need to know

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Known worldwide for their academic excellence, higher educational institutions in Israel offer quality education to international students. With several universities ranked amongst the highest in the world, colleges and research institutes offer high quality academic experience to foreign students as well.

If you’re into innovation and technology, Israel is then the apt educational destination for you. Known as the ‘Start-Up Nation’, Israel is the land of innovation and a hotbed of hi-tech activities. Studying in Israel can give students an opportunity to experience and participate in the country’s vibrant start-up culture and eco-system.

A country of a diverse, dynamic and constantly developing culture, Israel has over 4,000 years of history, which have incorporated many different cultural influences. With many historically significant landmarks such as the Red Sea, The Dead Sea, Masada, Baha'i Gardens, and Caesarea National Park, Israel is a land of opportunities to explore.

Are you already getting excited and planning to go for higher studies in Israel? But, before you make your plan to study there, you need to keep some of the crucial points in mind.

Why study in Israel?

Historically fascinating and culturally diverse, Israel is a country that offers a wealth of famous places for foreign students to see and explore along with studies. The country offers a vibrant student social scene with many opportunities to get out and make life-long friendships with Israelis and other students from all over the world.

Top universities in Israel

All together nine universities and a number of higher education colleges offer courses from degrees all the way up to doctorate level. Courses are often taught in Hebrew, but many leading Israeli universities also offer courses in English. Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked among the best universities in the world. The University of Haifa, the Weizmann Institute of Science and Bar-llan University are the country’s main major universities that have produced numerous Nobel-winning scientists over the past decade.

Some of the other universities in Israel include, Tel Aviv University, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Entrace exams for universities

To take admission to any of the universities, Israel requires foreign students to take an entrance exam called Psychometric Entrance Test, comparable to the SAT or ACT given in the US. This test comprises questions concerning English, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. The test can be taken in Spanish, Arabic, French, Russian as well as the national language of Hebrew. Students are expected to receive good to excellent grades on the PET before they are accepted by one of Israel's public universities, which pay most of a student's tuition through state-issued subsidies.

Admission requirements

After you choose a program, look for the admission requirements on the institution website. To apply for a program, international students need to provide some of the documents such as academic transcripts and diplomas from previous studies, proof of English level (for example, results from TOEFL or IELTS),  academic recommendation letters, curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, GRE or GMAT scores, and medical certificate.

Scholarship opportunities

To ease the financial burden of international students, the Government of Israel and top universities offer a range of scholarships. To be eligible for these scholarships, international students must hold a BA or BSc degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement. Proof of English or Hebrew language proficiency is a must to avail any scholarship. The applicant must meet the academic requirements of the Israeli University to which he/she applies. A scholarship will be granted only after the required Institute approves the acceptance of the candidate. Some of the prominent scholarships include Israel Government Scholarships and Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship.

Employment opportunities

Foreign students can work in Israel in many fields such as nursing care, construction, agriculture, welding and industrial professions, construction, hotel work and ethnic cookery. To work in Israel, working visa is a must and it can be obtained at the country of residence or Israel. Without a working visa, students cannot work in Israel.

Cost of living in Israel

You don’t need to be a rich person to study or live in Israel. This is in fact a great news for students! You can have a great time without breaking the bank. It doesn’t cost much to travel around with public transportation, or you can even rent a car if you wish and the rates are reasonable as well. In comparision to the cost of living in the US or the UK, Israel is more affordable.

Visa procedure

Foreign students need to get a student visa prior to officially enrolling in a higher education institute in Israel. The documents you use to get your student visa include a passport that has been valid for two or more years; letter of acceptance from the university at which the student applied; complete application form; two passport photographs and proof of enough funds to cover living expenses and tuition while in Israel.

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