Israel has a long tradition of academic excellence, boasting world class universities, colleges and research institutions. Israeli higher education institutions provide a diversity of academic programs in English for international students at the Bachelor and Master’s degree level ranging from short-term courses to full degree programs. Israeli Institutions also welcome international students and researchers for PhD and Post-Doctoral research and assign them with leading researchers in the field.
In total, Israel has 63 higher education institutions: 9 universities, 33 academic colleges, and 21 teacher training colleges. All of these are supervised by the Council for Higher Education, the state body responsible for Israel’s higher education system. All Israeli universities and 41 of the colleges are publically funded, while 13 colleges are privately funded.
Highlighted Fields of Study
Science and Engineering
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Agriculture and Sustainability
Israel and Middle Eastern Studies
Art, Design and Music
In Israel there are different types of higher education institutions. The main difference arises from the type of academic degree the institutions award and how research intensive they are. Currently Universities award Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees and are the most research-intensive institutions. Academic colleges award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, whilst teacher training colleges award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education. All types of institutions can offer short-term and non-degree programs.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918 and opened officially in 1925, is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among Israeli universities.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dedicated to fulfilling Ben-Gurion’s vision of making the desert bloom with agriculture, science, technology, and innovation, BGU is Israel’s fastest growing institution of higher education, and the University has an international reputation for excellent multidisciplinary research.
TAU International offers English-taught programs that give you access to the best of TAU’s top-tier academics and provides close connections to institutions and companies in Israel and worldwide. You’ll be able to enjoy all of this in the heart of Tel Aviv, the Mediterranean city that never stops.
The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Technion’s Vision: A science and technology research university, among the world’s top ten, dedicated to the creation of knowledge and the development of human capital and leadership, for the advancement of the State of Israel and all humanity.
The University of Haifa
The University of Haifa is one of Israel’s leading research universities, and is dedicated not only to academic excellence but to social responsibility as well. An exciting and inspiring cultural mosaic, the University of Haifa is a home to a diverse student body, which reflects Israeli society.
The Open University of Israel
The Weizmann Institute of Science
The College of Sakhnin for Teacher Education
Sakhnin Academic College trains educators, teachers and kindergarten teachers and grants them a B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees in Education and or a teaching certificate. Academic Preparatory Program; Professional Development Center. Guidance in planning, building and career development of students.
The Levinsky College of Education (including the School of Music)
Levinsky College of Education (LCE) focuses on teacher education (pre-service, in-service, continuing education). LCE offers Bachelor’s programs in education (B.Ed), programs for retraining graduates for careers in education, Master’s programs in education and therapy (M.Ed., M.Teach, M.A.A.T).
Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts
Kibbutzim College is Israel’s largest academic college of education with over
6000students each year. We train school and pre-school teachers by offering a variety of study programs and specialties.
“Emuna” – Academic College of Education for Art and Education, Founded by the Ephrata and Emuna Colleges
“Orot Israel” Academic College of Education Founded by the “Orot Israel” College and the “Moreshet Yaakov” College
Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education
Al – Qasemi College, which grants B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees, is the first academic institution located in an Arab town in Israel,a source of pride for the Arab minatory in Israel. The college has 3000 students from all over the country,and 221 distinguished lecturers from interesting study fields.
“Shaanan” Academic Religious Teachers’ College
“Talpiyot” Academic College of Education
Givat Washington Academic College of Education
Ohalo Academic College of Education and Sport in Katzrin
Gordon College of Education
David Yellin College of Education
The Neri Bloomfield school of Design and Education
The Arab Academic College of Education
“Hemdat HaDarom” – College for Education in Jewish Studies, Science and Humanities
Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts
The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
IDC Herzliya is a non-profit corporate entity which is not subsidized by the government and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education and research. Its founders aimed to create a university where personal achievement goes hand in hand with social responsibility.
The Academic Center of Law and Science
The Academic Center of Law and Science offers degrees in Law Studies , Accounting, an interdisciplinary degree in Public Administration, Government and Law and Health Administration .
The Western Galilee College
Western Galilee College leads the region as a center for academic excellence, advancement, and opportunity. The college is at the heart of the rich cultural heritage of the Galilee and serves the Galilee as a vital catalyst for educational, social, cultural, and economic advancement.
The Zinman College for Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Wingate Institute
.The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Wingate Institute is an accredited institution that offers students combined academic and professional training for employment in the fields of movement, training, rehabilitation and sports, and for teaching Physical Education
Ohalo Academic College of Education and Sport in Katzrin
Ohalo is a leading institution that specializes in teachers’ and kindergarten teachers’ training for B.Ed. in various disciplines, including Biology, Mathematics, English, Special Education, Jewish Studies, and Physical Education, as well as a M.Ed. in Organizational Management of Education systems.
The Achva Academic College
Achva Academic College serves Israel’s challenged and diverse southern periphery through education, science, and community engagement.
Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel
The Yezreel Valley College (YVC) is a young and dynamic liberal arts college located in the Galilee, in the heartland of Northern Israel. With some 5000 students, YVC impacts virtually the entire spectrum of Israeli Jewish and Arab society.
Tel-Hai Academic College
Tel Hai College is one of the leading academic colleges in Israel and an engine of change for the educational, economic and social development of the Upper Galilee.
Ruppin Academic Center
Situated in Israel’s heartland in a beautiful landscape of lawns and gardens, the Ruppin Academic Center named after Prof. Arthur Ruppin, one of Israel’s founding fathers, is one of Israel’s leading colleges, with far-reaching and innovative academic programs.
The Academic College of Tel-Aviv – Yaffo
The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo (MTA) is a public academic institution, committed to employing higher education as a means to building infrastructures of social, economic and technological change. MTA’s work integrates 3 pillars: academic programs, community engagement, and applied research.
The Sapir Academic College
Welcome to an innovative and young world of the Sapir College academic environment. Our departments offer unique programs developed to prepare students for a successful future in the dynamic labor market. Sapir’s academic programs combine university-level theoretical studies with practical training.
Netanya Academic College
The Netanya Academic College offers the best faculty lecturers, holding a doctorate degree or professors of the first rank in the country and worldwide. The College has a winning combination of rich academic experience with an in-depth field perception and advanced learning environment,
College of Law & Business
CLB is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers and businesspeople for the challenges of the 21st century. We have combined the highest levels of academic excellence with a strong focus on both social and global outreach to cultivate excellente and professional leaders.
Kinneret Academic College in the Jordan Valley
The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee is an institution of higher education with a multicultural approach to education, and which is committed to the advancement and development of the region, and promoting social involvement
Afeka Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering
Afeka College of Engineering, is one of the leading institutes in its field, and is recognized by the Council of Higher Education. Since its establishment in 1996, more than 4,400 graduates have completed their bachelor of engineering and master of engineering degrees at Afeka.
Holon Institute of Technology
HIT focuses on the teaching of sciences, engineering, computer science and technology, management of technology and design. It emphasizes multi-disciplinary theoretical and practical research of innovative technologies.
HIT aspires to quality and excellence in teaching and innovative research.
Lev Academic Center
JCT was founded in 1969 as a Jewish religious college for Technology studies.
Fully accredited by Israel’s Council of Higher Education and specializes in high-tech engineering, industrial management and life and health sciences.
Graduates are recruited by top companies in Israel
Ashkelon Academic College
The Ashkelon Academic College is a public academic college sponsored and supervised by the Council for Higher Education in Israel. The campus is located in the Education Quarters in Ashkelon. The college offers B.A and M.A studies in a variety of fields.
The Yaakov Herzog College (at the Har-Etzion Yeshiva)
Herzog Academic College is Israel’s largest religious, academic institution offering academic and pedagogic training for future teachers in Israel and the Diaspora. The cutting-edge tracks combine religious and academic excellence and meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education and the CHE.
Azrieli – College of Engineering Jerusalem
Azrieli College of Engineering Jerusalem is a four year college in Jerusalem, providing Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) degrees in seven different types of Engineering.
Beit Berl College
Beit Berl College is a multidisciplinary academic institution spearheading new developments in education, society and the arts. We see education as a vehicle for social mobility, equality and justice for all sectors of Israeli society.
Shenkar – Engineering. Design. Art
Zefat Academic College
The Sami Shamoon College of Engineering
ORT Braude College of Engineering
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
The Hadassah Academic College
Carmel Academic center
Bezalel – Academy of Arts and Design
Research & Internships
Israel is at the cutting-edge of research across many fields. It ranks amongst the highest in the world in R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP and in citations per academic publication. The Israeli Government has partnerships with many countries and institutions around the world which offer funding opportunities for international collaboration in research, and Israeli faculty welcome international students and researchers for PhD or Post-Doctoral research. If you are interested in undertaking research in Israel, the first step is to find an academic supervisor who works in your field of research and agrees to supervise you. Once you have undertaken this step, you need to undertake the registration process via the host institution. For more information on the application process and on available scholarships please refer to Planning.
Internship programs are a great opportunity for you to embark on your chosen career path while studying, and there is no better place to do so than in the “Start-Up Nation”, Israel! Israel’s higher education institutions and other organizations offer a range of programs with internship opportunities or exposure to the Israeli hi-tech scene, business, consulting, governmental sector, non-profit sector and more. Undertaking an internship gives you the chance to polish your skills and CV and to make contacts which will help launch your future career. We encourage you to check out the various internship opportunities available in your field of interest with Israeli higher education institutions.