Safety, Health, and Security

The safety, health and well-being of you, our international students, is our highest priority. Information on these topics is shared with you at every phase of the study abroad process, including in student pre-departure and welcome materials and at the mandatory student orientation and arrival session. 

  • Security Guidelines 2023/24
  • Security 2023/24 FAQ
  • Health and Well-being

As you are aware, the latest events brought us to deal with missile and rocket attacks from Gaza.

Hereunder, you will find a summary of appropriate action to be taken when hearing a siren, based on the instructions of the Home Front Command (Pikud Ha'oref).

Acting in accordance with these instructions is critical and will significantly reduce danger.

Please follow guidelines that will be published on the website or sent via email.


A siren in the greater Tel Aviv area provides approximately 1½ minutes to find appropriate secure space. Once the siren stops, you are requested to stay 10 minutes within the secure area if no further instructions are issued. Stay clear of unidentified objects.


In buildings:


1. A MAMAD (residential secure space - consult with your landlord regarding which room in your apartment answers this definition) or a MAMAK (secure space outside your apartment- within the building floor, usually a communal space such as a staircase)- provides shelter within your residential setting.


2. Some apartment buildings are equipped with an internal communal shelter - often located at the bottom floor or just outside the building (this is the case for TAU dorms A and B). Making your way down towards the shelter - you should avoid using elevators and use the staircase.


3. A public shelter can also be found in some neighborhoods and accessed through signs/maps provided by the local authority. Make sure you can get to your selected public shelter within the time provided


4. If you reside in a tall building (three floors and above) and lack access to either of the above, simply enter the staircase and make your way down. Residents of the top floor in a three-floor building without a protected space, shelter or reinforced security room should descend one floor and remain in the staircase.


5. In the absence of any of the options above, one should choose a secure internal room with a minimum of external walls and open windows. One should not select a kitchen, a bathroom or a shower given the apprehension that the tiling mirrors or glass might shatter. Sit on the floor (below the level of the windows), close to an interior wall and not facing a window.


If you are outside:


In a populated area - enter the closest building and go to the shelter or staircase- at any time follow instructions from others around you in the building.

In an open area without close access to a building, lie down and cover your head with your hands.


While traveling by car:


Stop at the side of the road, get out of the car and to the nearest building or protected area. If you do not have time to reach a building or protected area, get out of the car, lie down and cover your head with your hands. If you cannot follow either of the above instructions, stop and wait in the vehicle for ten minutes.

While using public transportation:


  • by bus, the driver should stop the bus and open the doors. Follow the instructions depending if there are buildings or if it's an open area. If there is no other option, bend over until you are beneath the level of the windows and protect your heads.
  • by train, the driver should slow down to 30 km/h for ten minutes. You should bend over beneath the level of the windows. 


Campus Security

Like all public institutions in Israel, Tel Aviv University employs a sophisticated network of security personnel covering all campus entrances and patrolling throughout the campus and dormitory complexes 24 hours a day. All students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are required to show student ID cards or another picture ID and submit bags for search. In dormitory complexes, no one is admitted without a dormitory clearance chip (FOB); dormitory areas are exclusively for residents. Temporary guest passes can be obtained but guests must be identified by a dorm resident and follow guest procedures with the main security desk in order to be granted entry permission.


The University's Security Department maintains very frequent contact with government security agencies. The TAU International student population is updated as needed (by phone and/or email) regarding security matters and receives copies of all relevant official campus safety and security communications. TAU International requires all students to carry a working mobile telephone with an Israeli number. This allows our staff to contact all program participants at any time via WhatsApp, SMS text messages, or other forms of group messaging. TAU International also encourages students to join the private Facebook page of our Student Life Team so that this can also be used as an additional method of updating and reaching students.



Shelters on Campus and in the Dorms


Tel Aviv University has well-marked signage in Hebrew and English directing people on campus and in the dormitories to the closest shelters (“miklat or mamad”) should there be a need to take shelter. 



Building Place of Shelter in the Building Area in square meters Max Capacity Emergency tel number dial: 03-640
Naftali Building

Naftali Basement

Social Sciences and Mgmt Library Basement







Recanati Building Basement 71 177 4351

Trubowicz- Law

Ground Floor

61 152 7868

Shapell- Social Work

Basement 99 247 6654

Sackler - Medicine

Basement 140 350 9479
Life Sciences/Medicine Library  1st floor 131 325

West 4386
East 7977

Life Sciences/Britania Basement 101 254 4576
Wolfson - Engineering Basement + Tunnels 267 667 4582
Engineering Labs Ground Floor 105 262 4585
Green Two basements 92 231 North 4579
South 4581
Webb MAMAD on every floor 8 per MAMAD 20 (3) 4396; (2) 4399;
(4) 4377
(5) 4374
Gilman Safe areas as marked
Sourasky Library or Sharett
Rosenberg Basement 168 420 6856
Carter Carter/Beit Hatfutsot Basement      
Sharett Basement
Corridors on other floors
157 392 7893
Shreiber Basement 274 685 8815
Dan David/ Library of Exact Sciences Library of Exact Sciences Basement 150 375 8561
Cymbalista / Central Library (Sourasky) Sourasky Library Basement 75 187 4111
Mexico Fastlicht Basement   240  
Mitchell and De Botton (Architecture) De Botton Basement + Kikoine Gallery 50 125 4385
Handessaim Building

A Building

B Building







Einsten Dormitories

Between A-B North + A-B South

C building

D Building

E Building - West

E Building East + F Building West

F Building - East

G Building

















Security guard: 053-8964246

Head of Security, 

Broshim Dormitories

Building A

Building B

Building C

Buildings D and E

Shelter: North side floor -1 + apts 101, 201, 301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801, 901

Secure Space: Ground floor left of exit+ apts 101, 201, 301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801, 901

Secure space: Lobby + apts 114, 212, 312, 413, 512, 615, 709

Secure space: Lobby + apts 115, 212, 312, 414, 512, 615, 709


Main gate: 

Security guard: 053-8964246

Head of Security, 



Additional Security Resources

All students are also strongly advised to register with their local embassy either before arrival or once here in Israel. The procedure for doing so will vary by embassy. Students should contact their appropriate embassy for more information.

US citizens are advised to register for the U.S. Embassy’s STEP program. This can be done either in person, or online here. A member of the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizens Services unit based in Tel Aviv also comes to campus each semester to speak to students regarding STEP and other US Embassy safety and security resources available to US citizen students.

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