Semester or Year Abroad
The TAU International programs present a unique opportunity for accomplished college students. Participants learn Hebrew and take college level courses in English for full academic credit while immersed in Israeli culture.
International students may enroll in Tel Aviv University’s semester or year long study abroad program either independently or through their home school. In addition, qualified high school seniors may apply to spend their first semester or year at Tel Aviv University. Please be aware that if you are applying for a semester or year long program you do not need to apply for the Ulpan separately.
The programs offer a rich variety of exciting courses in the fields of International Relations, Social Sciences, Arts, Environmental Studies, History, Religion, Business and many more. Each course awards 3 academic credits, for a total of up to 15 undergraduate-level credits per semester (21 credits with Ulpan, see below).
The School for Overseas Students partners with other departments at TAU to offer students the option of interdisciplinary curricula each semester. Recent partnerships include the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of the Arts and the Faculty of Law.
The List of Courses
The TAU International Course List is posted on our website for the reference of all students and their departments at their home universities.
Please note that the courses offered each semester are uniquely designed to respond to students’ interests and requirements. A final updated course schedule is posted prior to the beginning of each semester.
In addition, students who are native Hebrew speakers may be able to take up to 2 classes from the university-wide course offering. This option requires advanced approval by the TAU International office and would depend on classroom space. The university-wide course offering (Yedion) are available on Tel Aviv University’s main website.
Academic Gap Year
Accomplished high school graduates may choose to spend their first year of college at Tel Aviv University’s School for Overseas Students. Students who complete this program may either apply for admission to Tel Aviv University’s English taught, Bachelors of Liberal Arts or the Bachelors of Science in Engineering, or transfer credits to their home school.
The program includes mandatory Intensive Hebrew course (Ulpan), offering students at different levels of language proficiency the ability to substantially develop their Hebrew skills.
Academic Gap Year students create their academic schedule. Exciting General Education courses are offered in the fields of Social Sciences, Arts, History, Religion, Business and more. Each course awards 3 academic credits, for a total of up to 15 undergraduate-level credits per semester. Current course schedule available here.
Fully furnished, modern dorms situated around campus are available. Dorms include 24 hour security and supportive counselors who live amongst the participants. A warm and inclusive community is formed within the dorms. Students often have potluck dinners, afternoon coffee breaks, late night discussions, birthday gatherings, etc.
See all of Israel with your group, in three exciting trips: Northern Israel – spend a few nights visiting different cities, such as: Karmiel, located on the northern edge of the beautiful Galilee, Kiryat Shmona, offering acres of lush green pastures, Kinneret, where you can melt in the hot springs. Southern Israel – spend a few nights in Eilat. Sip sweet tea in historic Bedouin tents, let a camel take you on a tour, give a dolphin a high five, and float away in the Dead Sea. Visit Jerusalem for the day; explore history in the Western Wall Tunnel Tour, feast on great shwarma in the old city, and put a private note in the Western Wall.
Take advantage of the ninth best city in the world, Tel Aviv according to National Geographic. Hop on a local bus, found across the street from the dorms; and within minutes be amongst the hustle and bustle. Take a dip in the sprawling ocean, grab a frothy cappuccino from one of many coffee shops, rent a bike and cruise to the magical Rothchild Boulevard, stop off at the Shuk and pick up some locally grown fruits and vegetables, dance the night away, check out a local art exhibit, figure out which hummus place is your favorite; become a Tel Avivian.
Voyage to Medicine in Israel
The Voyage to Medicine Program’s duration is one semester. The program combines aspects of clinical research, academic studies and volunteer work in coordination with TAU International, Assaf harofeh Medical Center and Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross.
Students will study academics at both Tel Aviv University and Assaf Harofeh Medical Center. Volunteer work will be in conjunction with Magen David Adom ambulance services after passing a First Aid training course. Students will also be invited to participate in medical research at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center.
Ulpan Requirement (6 Credits for Fall) or (4 Credits for Spring)
Each semester program is preceded by a mandatory Intensive Hebrew course (Ulpan), offering students at different levels of language proficiency the ability to substantially develop their Hebrew skills. The Ulpan awards students 4 or 6 academic credits (depending on the semester) upon successful completion.
Native Hebrew speakers may request to take an Ulpan-exemption test when confirming their participation, but not later.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Gap Year at Tel Aviv University
Under the FDU Freshman Year in Israel Program, students apply to and enroll at Fairleigh Dickinson University as freshmen prior to traveling to Israel for a one- or two-semester academic program for visiting freshmen. While studying in Israel, students can earn up to 18 college credits for one semester or up to 36 college credits for a full academic year. The program includes opportunities to travel in Israel, meet and socialize with Israeli students, and enjoy a vast array of cultural enrichment opportunities.
Transcripts from Tel Aviv University are sent to Fairleigh Dickinson University at the completion of a student’s program in Israel and credits automatically become FDU credits. Unlike many other gap-year programs, no college deferral is necessary. Since students enroll at FDU during their freshman year, they are eligible for state, federal and institutional aid to help defray the costs of their studies in Israel. Students pay the same tuition and fees as they would for a semester or academic year at Fairleigh Dickinson University minus their aid package.
Please see the Specialized Programs page for additional information.
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business in Israel- Spring Semester
The Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business in Israel program offers the perfect setting to gain the real-world experience, entrepreneurial know-how, and professional guidance that will help you succeed in your future career. Living in Tel Aviv, Israel’s financial and technological capital, you will be immersed in a world of innovated executives and trailblazing companies. Join Israeli and international business students as you learn Hebrew and take classes taught in English by Israel’s leading business academics and professionals.
The program is operated in partnership with TAU’s Recanati Business School. The world-renowned school prepares students with the methodologies and skill set they need to succeed in today’s business world.