Study in Israel: Cost of Living, Student Visa, Tuition & Top Universities
Israel is a country in the Middle East bordered in the west by the Mediterranean Sea, by Jordan to the east and Syria and Lebanon to the north.
Study abroad students in Israel would find themselves in the center of a dynamic, vibrant country with a cultural diversity reflecting the several ethnic groups that make up the country.
Founded in 1948, Israel is a relatively small country with a population of about 8.5 million people.
Reasons to study in Israel
1. The country is renowned for the high standard of its universities with technology and entrepreneurship at the heart of education
2. The country is highly developed. This development is reflected in the high standard of living
3. Students coming here don’t have to speak the official language, Hebrew. English is widely spoken here with several of the universities offering courses in English.
4. It is the melting pot of three of the world’s major religion: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. This has made the country very culturally diverse. Other religions and faiths are allowed to flourish in Israel.
5. Due to the ethnic mix of the country, study abroad students would have the opportunity to learn various languages from Eastern Europe including Russian. Arabic too is widely spoken as there are many Arabs in Israel.
6. Israel is one of the safest countries to study. Because of the constant political crisis with their neighbors, the police and security forces are extremely efficient in the work they perform.
The currency of the country is known as the Israeli shekel, ILS. Presently, about 3.5 ILS exchanges for $1. The symbol of the currency is ₪.
Cost of living in Israel
Study abroad students would discover quickly that they don’t have to be rich to study here. Coupled with the high standard of living, studying in Israel would be a great experience for foreign students especially those coming from less developed countries.
However, the diversity and size of the country means those living in and around the big cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem would spend more money on goods and services
That said, the figures below show the average cost of living in Israel.
- Meal in modest restaurant – 56.00 ILS
- Coke/ Pepsi – 8.59 ILS/.33 liter bottle
- Water – 6.74 ILS/0.33 liter bottle
- Milk – 5.63 ILS/liter
- White bread – 6.15 ILS /500g
- Rice – 7.86 ILS/kg
- Eggs – 12.43 ILS/dozen
- Tomato – 5.21 ILS/Kg
- Local Transport – 5.90 ILS
- Monthly pass – 230.00 ILS
- Taxi – 4.00 ILS/Km
- Basic utilities – 702.41 ILS/month
- Mobile tariff (prepaid) – 0.39 ILS /month
- Internet – 80.56 ILS/ month
- 1 bedroom apartment (city center) – 3,704.52 ILS
- 1 bedroom apartment (outside city center) – 2,561.15 ILS
Student cost of living
Study abroad students can cut down on their living costs by staying in halls of residence in the University or by sharing the rent with other students.
There are several students apartment build for this purpose close to most University campuses.
Basically, about 37,000 ILS is enough to take care of living costs for each year of study.
Tuition in Israel depends on the university, level of study and course of study. The best source of information is the specific University one is applying to.
However, international students would pay between 28,000 ILS and 52,500 ILS per year for both undergraduates and postgraduates programs.
Applying to study in Israel
Universities in Israel have no clearing house for University applications. To apply, you would need to contact your chosen university.
You would be provided with the necessary information and documents you need to submit for your application to be considered.
Some schools might require you to take an entrance examination to test your quantitative and verbal reasoning skills. You would also be tested for the language skills you want to study in. A proof of proficiency in that language might be enough in some cases.
All study abroad students intending to stay for more than 3 months must obtain a student visa. Student visa application must be submitted at least 3 months before you are due to travel to Israel.
The Israeli embassy or consulate closest to your location would handle all visa applications, including furnishing you with further information if needed.
You would need the following documents to apply for a student visa to study in Israel:
- Original copy of admission letter from the university
- Valid passport
- Passport sized photographs
- Proof you have enough money to find your stay in Israel
- Completed visa application form that can be downloaded here
The visa processing fee is about $50. But it can vary according to which country you reside in.
Top universities in Israel
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem
- Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv
- Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
- Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva
- University of Haifa, Haifa
- Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan
- The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
- Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Mount Scopus
- The College of Management – Academic Studies, Rishon Lezion