Academic Guidelines

Course Registration Procedure

All students will be asked to complete a Course Registration Form prior to arrival; this form will be emailed to confirmed students approximately 2 weeks prior to arrival in Tel Aviv. This form is required but students are still able to make changes to their course selections (pending course availability) up to one week after semester classes begin. Please see the Important Dates on page 2 of this handbook for more information on important academic dates.


Course registration is monitored via the time stamp on the submitted form. Course registration is first come, first serve so students are advised to register as soon as possible after receiving the course registration link via email. Due to reasons of both course integrity and physical space limitations, there are sometimes enrollment caps placed on course enrollment for certain courses. On the Course Registration Form, students will be asked to select one alternate course and also to rank their choices in order of importance. If a student does not receive their first choice courses, they may be registered in their alternate course selection but then also can ask to be placed on a course waiting list if desired or select another available course. We do not guarantee registration in any course except in the case of the Business & Entrepreneurship Program (in the three required courses for students who are officially in this program) and in the required Internship Seminar for students officially in the Internship Program.


During the mandatory Academic Orientation which takes place on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. students will be given essential information regarding TAU academic policies, procedures, how to use Moodle, downloading and using the TAU courses application, important course dates and more. In addition, we will explain the mandatory online TAU Sexual Harassment Training (mandatory for all TAU students, staff and faculty to complete annually) and students will be emailed instructions for completing this online training. Once complete, the courses can be viewed on the official TAU registration system (MAMTA) as well as on the TAU app.


There is a one week add/drop period during the first week of semester courses in which students can change their course selections as desired or as courses are available. After this period ends students cannot make any adds or course switches to their schedules and any drops after this date will have a W recorded on the TAU transcript.


Note: students with any outstanding balance on their TAU Student Financial Account will not be allowed to register for courses.

Taking Hebrew Language Courses After Ulpan (During the Semester)

If you are interested in continuing to take a Hebrew course after Ulpan as one of your semester classes, please note that in addition to selecting this option on your Course Registration Form, you must also inform your Hebrew Ulpan teacher during the last week of the intensive Ulpan. Note that not all levels of Hebrew are offered during the semester; it will depend on student enrollment numbers.  


Taking Regular TAU Courses Taught in Hebrew

Students whose Hebrew is good enough (through a minimum of Level 8) and choose to take courses at the regular university, must complete a special registration form available at the end of this booklet (External Registration Form), in addition to the TAU International's registration form. For the schedule of these courses please click here (Hebrew). If a student decides to drop the course/s, it is extremely important that the academic office be notified. Failing to do so will result in “F” (fail) being recorded as the course grade. Students should note that the regular university semesters have different dates than study abroad. Please indicate on any test or paper taken at the regular university that you are a student of TAU International.




Withdrawal from Courses

All students must inform the TAU Academic Team in writing (email) of their decision to drop a course by the drop deadline specified on page 2 of this handbook (one week after courses begin). The email address is For students who drop a course after the drop deadline (see Important Dates, Page 2 of this handbook) a (W) Withdrawal will be recorded on the final transcript.


Pass / Fail Grading Option

Students may register for one semester course on a Pass/Fail basis providing their home school approves of this. At TAU, above a 60% is considered a PASS and a 59% and below is considered a FAIL. It will be important for students to mention this to their home schools when checking on approval. Students are required to report this Pass/Fail decision in writing (email) to the TAU Academics Team at Final Date for informing the team of your P/F choice can be found Important Dates, Page 2 of this handbook.

This policy does not include Ulpan, which cannot be taken Pass/Fail.


Again, universities have different policies about the acceptance of Pass/Fail grades. Students must consult with their home university advisors regarding the acceptance of Pass/Fail grades instead of letter/number grades. Home schools may have different policies and deadlines for Pass/Fail grades and the ability to transfer these back to the home school.


Once a Pass/Fail grade is entered into a student's record at TAU, it can never be changed to a letter grade, and vice versa.


Incomplete Courses

Students who fail to complete any of the course requirements during the period of instruction and/or the given deadline for the submission of a final exam (in cases of take-home papers or exams) will have an (INC) Incomplete recorded on their transcript. The INC will automatically change to an F (Failure) after six weeks beyond the last date of the course in cases where course requirements are not completed by this time. The six week INC “grace period” first requires the approval of the professor and TAU International; it is not granted automatically. It is the responsibility of the student to notify both the professor and the TAU International Office of the reason for the incomplete and the estimated date of completion within the six week INC period. If the professor and the Academic Committee agree, a student may go on to complete the course requirements; the incomplete grade (INC) will be changed accordingly should requirements be met satisfactorily within the six-week grace period.


TAU Grading Scale

The following is the grading system of Tel Aviv University International:


Code of Honor and Academic Integrity

Students are expected to abide strictly by the Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv University International Code of Honor:

Students in the program are expected to act with integrity and honesty and hold their fellow students to the same standard. As such the school and university administration will not under any circumstance tolerate cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, aiding and abetting dishonesty, falsification of records and official documents or any other act which could compromise a student’s academic integrity.


Plagiarism: Submitting material that in part or whole is not entirely your work without attributing those same portions to their correct source.


Cheating: Using unauthorized notes, study aids or information from another student, student’s paper, or student’s electronic equipment (including but not limited to: phones, computers, and blackberry’s) on an examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then re-submitting the work; allowing another person to do your work and submitting that work under your name; or submitting identical or similar papers for credit in more than one course without getting prior permission from the course instructors.


Fabrication: Presenting data in a piece of work that was not gathered in accordance with guidelines defining the appropriate methods of collecting or generating data and failing to include a substantially accurate account of the method by which the data was gathered or collected.


Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty: Providing material or information to another person with knowledge that this material or information would be used improperly.


Falsification of Records and Official Documents: Altering documents affecting academic records; forging signature of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, grade report, or any other document designed to ensure that a student meets or gains exemption from a program or university regulation. Should a student violate the Code of Honor, the administration will review their case. This may lead to termination from the program, and expulsion from Tel Aviv University.




Right to Grade Appeal

Students have the right to appeal the results of a written examination or paper within two weeks from the day the papers or exams are returned. If there has been no appeal during that period, the grade is final. In addition, students have the right to appeal a final course grade within two weeks from the day the final grade is given. If there has been no appeal during that period, the grade is final. To understand more about the appeals process, please contact the TAU Academics Team at Please note this same appeals process also applies to Hebrew Ulpan and all semester Hebrew courses.


Learning Accommodations

In accordance to University guidelines, students with learning disabilities or accommodation requests must submit official documentation from their home country / university (translated into English by notary) to TAU International in advance of arrival describing in detail any specific needs they have. Students must also bring a copy of this documentation with them on-site and give it to their faculty on the first day of class while introducing themselves so that the faculty know who they are and what sorts of needs they may have. TAU International and its faculty cannot guarantee that all accommodations received at the home school can be similarly met at TAU but certainly does the best it can to make any suitable accommodations possible that are needed.


The Division of Foreign Languages at Tel Aviv University offers tutoring in English for students with special needs. For more information, please contact Elana Spector-Cohen, Head of English Programs, Division of Foreign Languages at


TAU Writing Center Assistance

TAU’s Writing Center in the Division of Foreign Languages gives students the opportunity to improve their academic writing skills in English at any stage of their studies and writing. The division offers individualized 9 sessions with professional, experienced tutors in a supportive peer-based environment. During these sessions, tutors will address personal and academic writing strengths and challenges, empowering students to improve academic performance at all levels.

The division is made of experienced and dedicated TAU faculty members and graduate students in the field of teaching English as a foreign language. All are involved in teaching and researching academic writing from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. As such, teachers provide several types of tutoring, support, guidance and feedback, in groups or private lessons. For more information, please visit our website or Facebook page. Feel free to contact us at:



All students will have access to Moodle, the online course management system used at Tel Aviv University. Users can access course materials and activities, grades, and communicate with lecturers and other students in the program. The majority of the TAU International faculty actively use their Moodle sites so it’s important for students to understand the platform and be familiar with it, as well as regularly access it.

Login information and instructions will be emailed to students once they are officially registered for courses.

You can view a tutorial here:

For more information or questions on Moodle, please contact


Course Evaluations

At the end of Ulpan and again at the end of the semester, it is required that students complete a mandatory Course Evaluation for each class taken. The Course Evaluation Form will be emailed to students by the TAU Academic Team near the end of the Ulpan and end of the semester. Again, you will need to complete one Course Evaluation for each course that you took. These evaluations are anonymous and are critical for us as we decide how to shape our future programming and curriculum for the next group of students; to that end, we thank students in advance for completing these evaluations carefully and thoughtfully.

If, at any time, students have feedback regarding a course they are encouraged to speak directly with the faculty member. Should a satisfactory outcome not be obtained, students can email the TAU Academic Team at


Email Policy

TAU International requires students to check their email (the one they provided us on the Student Portal and/or Student Contact Information Form) on a regular basis. TAU Academics Team sends out request updates, news and reminders via email so it is essential the student remains in touch and it is the student responsibility to do so. Final Transcripts TAU must transcript all courses which a student officially enrolled in at TAU. At the end of the program, you will be sent a Transcript Request Form where you can enter the details of where you want your transcripts sent. The first official transcript can be sent to both your university and your home free of charge. In general, these are sent approximately 4 weeks after the completion of the program and can take an addition 4-6 weeks to arrive to their abroad destination.

If you need more than one official transcript, there is a charge of $25 each. Students will be sent and must fill in a transcript request form online. Please make sure that you write the exact correct address of the university and/or your home. For future transcript requests, order them online.




TAU International reserves the right to update information and policies as determined by the TAU International Academic Committee and Vice Rector in this booklet at any time.



Please read this document carefully:

The following regulations ensure your successful completion of the program and address major issues that may arise during the program.


1. Conditional acceptance

  • Students entering the program with a conditional letter of acceptance are responsible to submit all missing documents (such as: English proficiency certificate) to the Office of International Academic Affairs (OIAA) by the end of the first month of the semester. Student who will not submit all the required documents will not be able to complete the program.

2. Health Insurance

  •  Exchange students who arrive to Tel Aviv University must be equipped with full medical and travel insurance that includes medical cover in the event OF ILLNESS, ACCIDENTS OR ANY OTHER EVENT THAT REQUIRES MEDICAL SERVICES. Such insurance must be arranged and paid for by the student and suited to his/her medical needs for the whole duration of  stay at Tel Aviv University, commencing from the departure from the home country until the subsequent return.
  • A copy of the insurance including the period of coverage must be sent to before arrival.
  • Tel Aviv University will not be able to assist uninsured or underinsured students in case of emergency or any medical event.


3. Registration to courses

  • Exchange students are allowed to take a maximum of 5 courses. In special cases, minor deviations might be possible, pending on approval from the OIAA.
  • There is no minimum number of required courses.
  • Each bachelor's student must choose 2-3 backup courses. Each master's student must choose 3-4 backup courses.
  • Courses may overlap. Therefore, it is the student's responsibility to make sure that his/her choice of courses does not involve overlapping courses.


4. Withdrawal from courses

  • Student may drop/withdraw from courses no later than 10 days after the beginning of the semester at midnight. Requests for withdrawal must be sent by e-mail to:
  • Withdrawing after the deadline will result in "incomplete" in the student's transcript.


5. Language proficiency requirements

  • Students from non-English-speaking-countries are required to submit a certificate of proficiency in English (either TOEFL or IELTS). The minimum required scores are 89 for TOEFL and 6.5 for IELTS.


  • Students who plan to take courses in Hebrew are required to submit a certificate/an official letter from their home university stating that their Hebrew level is B2 or higher. In Hebrew taught courses, all activities are held in Hebrew and all assignments are submitted in Hebrew. Students who take courses in Hebrew will need to meet the same requirements as regular students. Special arrangements (for example: translating the exam paper to English) will not be possible.

6. Course Attendance

  • Students must attend all classes and arrive on time. We respect a lecturer's choice not to admit students if they arrive late to a class, examination or presentation. Students are expected to attend all classes: student who will miss more than 3 classes will not be able to complete the course.
  • Students are required to complete all the academic duties in each course.


7. Term-papers and exams

  • Students are required to read carefully the syllabus of each course in order to have a clear understanding of all the requirements (number and types of assignments, deadlines, etc.).
  • If deadlines are not specified in the syllabi, it is absolutely the responsibility of the student to receive the information via the relevant administration.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to learn about possibilities of extension of deadlines due to special circumstances such as: illness, force major, etc.
  • For all questions regarding appeals, assignments and exams reviews, please consult the administration of the relevant department.


8. Class and Course Concerns

  • For all personal concerns regarding courses, students are expected to seek consultation from the relevant teacher and/or relevant administration..


9. Ethics

  • Plagiarism, fabrication, deception, cheating or any form of academic dishonesty are considered major offenses, subjected to severe punishments.


10. Financial obligations

  • In principle, exchange students are not required to pay any fees since they arrive here within the bilateral agreement between the universities. However, students are responsible to complete all special payments on time and before departure.In addition, students must return all books and other learning materials to the libraries.  Students must verify that there are no debts of any kind to the University (i.e. tuition, dormitory payments, library penalties, etc.) We will not be able to grant a transcript if there is a debt, even if it is a minor one. In addition, the program will not inform a student of his/her grades in case of a financial debt.
  • Exchange students are not eligible to several activities without payment, for example:
  1. Hebrew language classes (Ulpan) / Arabic language classes.
  2. Social activities organized by TAU International School (OSP).
  3. On-campus housing.

Students interested in these activities/services are required to enquire about availability and fees.


11. Housing

  • On-campus housing is not available for exchange students.
  • Detailed information about off-campus housing options in Tel Aviv will be sent prior to the beginning of the semester.


12. On-line facilities

At the beginning of the semester each student will get a university e-mail account. Students must check this account on a regular basis, or activate the automatic forwarding option and have all their e-mails sent from the university address to their personal e-mail address. Throughout the semester, important e-mails are sent by the university administration, including notifications to return books to the library on time. Delays in book returns will cause a financial fine.


Students will get access (user name and password) to the the on-line learning management system used by Tel Aviv University (called "Moodle system"). Students are responsible to log-in to the system on a regular basis. Some professors use this system to upload academic materials and send updates or messages to their students. logging-in regularly is mandatory.  In case of technical difficulties please consult the support center at: 03-6408888.


13. Completion of Studies and Transcripts

  • Upon completion of all assignments' assessment, the OIAA will send each student an electronic copy of his/her original transcript.
  • Individual grades will not be transmitted.  
  • Students are expected to receive their electronic transcripts approximately 8 weeks after the end of the semester.
  • Hard copy of transcripts may be supplied by completion of an order form on-line.


14. Grading System

  • According to TAU's regulations, 1 TAU credit point is equivalent to 2 ECTS.


 TAU Scale of Grades




Very Good




Fairly Good


Lowest Passing Grade


 TAU Code Of Grades*




Participated and fulfilled requirements




Administrative Requirements unfulfilled


Not entitled to take examination




Did not take examination


Postponement of course study - approved


Has to submit master thesis/PhD Dissertation


Examination grade not yet determined


Paper grade not yet determined


Has to submit a paper


Registered for the course – no grade




Course grade cancelled on disciplinary grounds


Course grade cancelled on academic grounds


Does not owe an examination










































*These grades are not considered failures

TAU Course Modus

L – lecture

E- exercise

LE – lecture and exercise

S – seminar

PR – practicum

LB – laboratory

TU – tutorial

PS – proseminar

LL – lecture and laboratory

RE – guided reading

EX – examination

TR – field trip

BI – bibliography tutorial

CL – clerkship

TH – thesis

PJ – project

CO – colloquium

W – workshop

SP – seminar paper

FE – final examination


15. Special Accommodations

  • In accordance to university guidelines, students with special needs must bring official documentation from their home country/university translated into English by notary, and notify the OIAA before arrival, to make sure that the required facilities are available.


Contact List:

Tel Aviv University International office

03-6408118/8639 (for payments, registration for language courses and social activities)

University Security office

03-640-5555 (for suspicious objects, fire on campus, accidents, elevator issues, etc.)

On-campus Clalit Clinic

03-6415818 (by the central library, open Sun-Thurs 8:00am-4:00pm) – press 1

Computing support center

03-6408888 (technical support for TAU e-mail address, students system and Moodle system).

Student Union Service Center



Main library 03-640-6891

Social Sciences 03-6409537


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