Pre Academic Programs in Israel

Academic Preparatory Course for Immigrants - Mechina

The "Mechina"is an educational program intended to prepare overseas students for higher education in Israel. This program is designed for new or recent immigrants planning to study in an Israeli institution of higher education, graduated from high school or completed up to 18 months of academic studies overseas.

Attending the Mechina at the higher education institution you plan to enroll is recommended, although it does not automatically guarantee acceptance. Additional information about admission, curriculum, fees, registration and more, can be found on the academies websites.

Note: Some universities require students to first complete a Mechina before they can register for regular studies.

Bar Ilan University Mechina

An intensive year of study aimed at preparing participants for academic life in Israel.


Tel Aviv University Mechina

An intensive study program to prepare participants for academic life in Israel

Fax: 03-640-9783 

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mechina

The Mechina (Preparatory) Program is designed to provide a broad academic introduction and intensive Hebrew language instruction for overseas students.  Students are given an opportunity to attain the levels required for continued study at Hebrew University (or possibly another university in Israel). Intended primarily for new immigrants


Technion Mechina

The Technion offers a 10 1/2 month study course for students with a foreign high school matriculation certificate or its equivelant.  The course runs twice a year, from April to February and from October to August.  Admission requirements include entrance exams in Mathematics and basic Hebrew

Social activities and tours are provided in cooperation with the Ministry of Absorption

Tel: 04- 8294536/7/9  
Fax: 04-8225023

Ben Gurion University Mechina

The Mechina (CPP – College Preparatory Program) at Ben Gurion University is a dynamic program, offering overseas students the opportunity of achieving personal growth and development while gaining the experience of living, studying, and volunteering abroad. Students can study in the CPP for either a semester or a year, but it is strongly recommended that they study for the full academic year. This program gives students credits for their future studies. During the program, students will meet regularly with the Academic Advisor who will be available to assist with college counseling and credit transfer.
CPP students are required to take the Ulpan (concentrated Hebrew course) before the academic semester begins, and to continue studying Hebrew as one of their courses during the semester.
Participants are expected to volunteer at least six hours per week in one of the social service opportunities through the Overseas Student Program. CPP students may be required to participate in additional programs offered through the OSP.


Academic Absorption Programs - TAKAH

The academic absorption program (TAKAH) is designed for immigrant students who began their academic studies abroad and wish to continue studying in Israel, but do not require a mechina.

You may enroll to a TAKAH program if you:

The Sapir Pre-Academic Program

The Sapir Program is designed for Olim (new immigrants) who are candidates for institutions of higher education, have no prior academic experience and meet the eligibility requirements of the Student Authority.
The Sapir program is not a substitute for the pre-academic mechina.

The program includes two stages:

Institutions of Higher Education


Open University

16 Klausner Street, Ramat Aviv
Tel Aviv 61392, Israel
Web site: http:/
Tel: 972-3-6460460, Fax: 972-3-6460582
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Bar Ilan University

Ramat Gan 52900, Israel
Web site:
Fax: 972-3-5351522
In the U.S.:
Tel: (212) 673-4991, Fax: (212) 673-4856

University of Haifa

Mt. Carmel
Haifa 31905, Israel
Web site:
Tel: 972-4-8240235

Tel Aviv University

Registration Center
Ramat Aviv 69978, Israel
Web site:
Tel: 972-3-6408317, Fax: 972-3-6406722

Ben Gurion University

Admissions Office
POB 653
Beer Sheva 84105, Israel
Web site:
Tel: 972-7-6461038, Fax: 972-7-6472968

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Office of Overseas Students Admissions
Boyar Building, Mount Scopus
Jerusalem 91905, Israel
Web site:
Tel: 972-2-5882607, Fax: 972-2-5827078
In the U.S.:
Tel: (800) 404-8622 or (212) 472-2288
Fax: (212) 517-4548

Technion Institute of Technology

Graduate School, Technion City
Haifa 32000, Israel
Web site:
Tel: 972-4-829693, Fax: 972-4-8221600

Institutes & Colleges

In Israel, there are institutions of higher education in the non-university sector, including institutes, academies and technological colleges, which have been accredited to award the bachelor’s degree in Hebrew.
For details on the degree programs available at these institutions and admission requirements, contact the particular institution.

Ariel University Center of Samaria
44837, Israel
Tel: 1-800-660-660
Fax: 972-3-9367113
The Hadassah College of Technology
37 Haneviim St., P.O.Box 1114
Jerusalem 91010, Israel
Tel: 972-2-6291911, Fax: 972-2-6250619
The Holon Academic Institute of Technology
52 Golomb St., P.O.Box 305
Holon 58102, Israel
Tel: 972-3-5026666, Fax: 972-3-5026720
Ruppin Academic Center
Emek Hefer 40250, Israel
Tel: 972-9-8983003
Fax: 972-9-8983091
The College of Management
Academic Studies Division
7 Yitzhak Rabin St., P.O. Box 9017
Rishon Lezion 75910, Israel
Tel: 972-3-9634011, Fax: 972-3-9634210
Netanya Academic College
16 Kibbutz Galuyot St.
Kiryat Yitzhak Rabin, Netanya 42365, Israel
Tel: 972-9-8607777
Fax: 972-9-8844439
E-mail: webmaster
The Interdisciplinary Center
Herzliya, P.O.Box 167
Herzliya 46150, Israel
Tel: 972-9-9527272, Fax: 972-9-9563616
Sha’arei Mishpat College of Legal Studies
Aliyat Hanoar 1, P.O. Box 261
Hod Hasharon 45101, Israel
Tel: 972-9-7405799
Fax: 972-9-7404782
Ramat Gan School of Law
87 Pinchas St., Ramat Gan 52275,
Tel: 972-3-5745206
Fax: 972-3-5742974

Negev Academic College of Engineering NACE
Bialik/Basel Sts. PO Box 45 Beer Sheva 84100 Israel
Student Registration Office: 1-800-207-777
International Info:
Ph: 972-8-647-5603
The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
POB 24046, Jerusalem 91240
Tel: 972-2-5893333, Fax: 972-2-5823094
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
Givat Ram, Jerusalem 91904, Israel
Tel: 972-2-6759911, Fax: 972-2-6527713
Shenkar College
12 Anna Frank St.
Ramat Gan 52526, Israel
Tel: 972-3-7521133, Fax: 972-3-7521141
ORT Braude College
P.O.Box 78, Karmiel 21982, Israel
Tel: 972-4-9901911
Fax: 972-4-9882016
The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo
4 Antokolsky St., P.O. Box 16131
Tel Aviv 61161, Israel
Tel: 972-3-5211840, Fax: 972-3-5211870
Emek Yezreel College
D.N. Emek Yezreel 19300, Israel
Tel: 972-4-6423423
Fax: 972-4-6423457
Tel-Hai Academic College
Upper Galilee 12210, Israel
Tel: 972-4-6900859
Fax: 972-4-6902019
Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering
218 Bnei Efraim, Neot Afeka
Tel Aviv 69107, Israel
Tel: 972-3-7653118, Fax: 972-3-7653113
The Sapir Academic College
D.N. Hof Ashkelon 79165, Israel
Tel: 972-8-6802802, Fax: 972-8-6899412
Wingate Intitute
Fax: 09-8639467
Phone: 1-700-50-68-68 / *3063

Colleges work with Bar-Ilan University

Jordan Valley College
Zemach Regional Center
Jordan Valley 15132, Israel
Tel: 1-800-209020
Fax: 972-4-6653705
Western Galilee College
P. O.Box 2125, Acre 24121, Israel
Tel: 972-4-9015200
Safed Regional College
11 Jerusalem St., P.O.Box 160
Safed 13206, Israel
Tel: 972-4-6927704
Fax: 972-4-6927737
Ashkelon Regional College
12 Ben Zvi St., P.O.Box 90711
Ashkelon 78211, Israel
Israel College of Optometry
Yad Haharutzim 7
P.O. Box 2826, Tel Aviv 61027, Israel
Tel: 972-3-6882339
Fax: 972-3-6882340

Colleges work with Ben-Gurion University

Achva Academic College
D.N. Shikmim 79800, Israel
Tel: 972-8-8588044
Fax: 972-8-8581447
Eilat Regional College
P.O.Box 1311, Eilat 88112, Israel
Tel: 972-8-6304537
Fax: 972-8-6304556

Academic Degrees in Israel

Bachelor's Degree

The universities in Israel are multidisciplinary institutions open to all academically qualified students.

Undergraduate and graduate studies are conducted within the framework of faculties/schools and are organized within departments. Courses are generally conducted in Hebrew, while reading materials are frequently in English; therefore, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in both of these languages. Studies toward the bachelor’s degree generally extend over three years. At the Technion, all undergraduate engineering programs extend over four years and architecture, five years. Candidates apply not only to a specific university but also to the department of their choice. At Bar-Ilan University special study programs are offered to students with advanced religious and yeshiva backgrounds (the Institute for Advanced Torah Studies for men and Midrasha for women).

General Admission Requirements to Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Candidates must have a level of education equivalent to the Israeli matriculation certificate (Bagrut) or one year of academic studies at an accredited college or university or one year of preparatory studies (Mechina) at a university in Israel. Candidates must reach a certain level of achievement on the Psychometric University Entrance Examination administered by the Israeli National Institute of Testing and Evaluation (NITE) or the U.S. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT1).

Master's Degree

Master’s degree programs are designed to provide the student with in-depth knowledge and research capabilities in a particular field.
Most of these programs usually extend over a period of two years and the candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

General Admission Requirements to Graduate Degree Programs
Admission Requirements: The requirements for admission to master’s degree programs at Israeli universities are similar to those at Western universities. Generally, a “B” average is required; however, some departments require a higher average in the student’s major field, while others may conditionally accept students with lower grades.
In some cases, special tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT) and/or personal interviews are required. An adequate knowledge of Hebrew for class participation is necessary. An ulpan may be taken prior to the opening of the academic year.

Many departments offer two trends. One requires students to write a master’s thesis and allows them to pursue doctoral studies in the department, while the other does not require a thesis and is designed for students who do not intend to pursue a doctorate in the department.
Undergraduate studies in Israel are highly specialized; therefore, most students who earn their bachelor’s degree abroad are required to take supplementary courses prior to or in conjunction with their regular graduate studies.

Candidates must be graduates of an officially recognized university with a good grade average. Admission to master’s degree programs is on an individual basis and certain departments are highly selective. In general, students must choose a department that is a direct continuation of their undergraduate studies in order to be accepted directly to a master’s program. Certain departments require entrance examinations (e.g., the GMAT for admission to an MBA). The Technion requires candidates to take the GRE and the TOEFL.

Doctoral and Research Programs

The doctorate represents the highest level of academic achievement with the Israeli educational system. The doctoral program focuses on a scientific thesis or dissertation that is expected to make an original, significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge. The various doctoral degrees are listed in Table 1, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is by far the most common. Seven universities have been authorized by the Council for Higher Education to award this degree. Doctoral programs extend over a minimum of two years after completion of the master’s degree, but are generally completed only after four or more years.

Admission Requirements: Applicants to doctoral programs normally must have a master’s degree from a recognized university with a grade average of at least “B” or “Good” in master’s level course work and a thesis grade of "Very Good". Applicants from departments offering two programs towards the master’s degree are required to have completed the trend which requires a master’s thesis.

At the discretion of university doctoral committees, applicants who do not meet normal admission criteria but appear to be able to meet the requisite standard within one year may be admitted provisionally. Provisional candidates follow a prescribed program of supplementary studies for one year, after which time the qualifications of the applicant are reevaluated. Previous scientific work, research and publications are taken into consideration.

The Direct Doctoral Program is intended for exceptional students who have a bachelor’s degree with a grade average of at least 90 (“A”) in the area of their intended doctorate and an average of at least 80 (“B”) in other course work. The first year of the program is an accelerated master’s program. If high achievement is maintained, the student may bypass the second year of the master’s program and proceed directly to doctoral studies.

Program Structure: Requirements for the doctorate are regulated by individual university doctoral committees, which operate in conjunction with the university department and/or faculty through which the degree will be recommended. As a result, program structure varies slightly from institution to institution and from department to department. In general, doctoral programs comprise course work as well as a language requirement and focus on original research within the framework of the department.

Within six months of being accepted into a program, the student must try to find a senior faculty member to supervise his or her research and dissertation. A research proposal must be submitted to and approved by the university doctoral committee. While the research is usually carried out in the framework of the student’s university department, under certain circumstances it may be conducted in part or in its entirety at another scientific institution in Israel or abroad.

During the course of the program, students meet with their advisor, submit written progress reports, and present a lecture to a research seminar or a similar forum. The dissertation is evaluated by a committee of three, one of whom is the advisor. The written evaluation submitted by the committee serves as the basis for awarding the degree. The dissertation is normally written in Hebrew, although special permission may be granted for its submission in another language. Course work is generally required. Some institutions do not specifically require enrollment in courses but assume student attendance and participation in courses that have been selected in consultation with the student’s advisor

Post-Doctoral Research Programs

Post-doctoral fellowships are available from Israeli universities. These fellowships are generally for a period of up to two years of intense advanced research under the auspices of one or more of the senior faculty of the university.

Fellowships are available in the natural sciences, health, engineering, the social sciences and the humanities.

In order to encourage students who completed their doctorates in North America and Western Europe to conduct post-doctoral research at universities in Israel, the universities, in cooperation with the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel, award annual fellowships of US $22,500.

Candidates for post-doctoral fellowships should contact the specific professor with whom their research will be conducted


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