Tel Aviv University

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2016–17) 203
  • THE World University Ranking (2016–17) 201-250

Entry Requirements

  • For international undergraduate programmes: applicants must have an official diploma and transcript from a secondary school and completed standardised university entrance exams (relevant for their country, e.g. SAT for American students). Additional components like essays and recommendations are also required. Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to complete an English language proficiency exam.
  • For international graduate programmes: applicants must have at least an equivalent to a 3.0/4.0 grade point average. The MBA programme requires completion of the GMAT or GRE standardized exams. Additional components such as essays and recommendations are also required. Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to complete an English proficiency exam.

Teaching Methods

  • TAU is one of Israel's multi-disciplinary universities, home to some of Israel's leading teachers in a vast array of academic fields with nine faculties, 126 schools and departments, and 17 international programmes.
  • TAU has 1,000 FTE faculty.
  • TAU is the most common choice for Israeli applicants.

Course Flexibility

  • International programmes are full-time.
  • International undergraduate programmes comprise 6–8 courses per semester.
  • International graduate programmes comprise 5–8 courses, plus extra-curricular activities (one-year degrees over three semesters including summer).

Student Services and Facilities

  • TAU has five major libraries and eight departmental libraries offering students books, journals, on-line resources, and maps to complement their academic needs.
  • There are many computer labs in the departments and libraries.
  • The campus offers a free wi-fi network to students, staff, and guests.
  • There are many cafeterias and restaurants throughout the campus providing students with an eclectic range of local middle-eastern cuisine, as well as international favourites such as pizza and hamburgers. There are also many restaurants located close to the university.

Support for international students

  • TAU provides its international students with much support and a wide array of services to make their time at TAU and in Israel a memorable experience:
  • All international students accepted receive a detailed pre-departure student handbook, containing information relevant to TAU, Tel Aviv and Israel.
  • In the week prior to the start of a programme, all international students participate in an orientation week specifically for them. This ensures that students have all the information they need before starting their studies, and gives them the opportunity to meet fellow students both in and outside their own programmes of study.
  • TAU International works year round to provide students with social and administrative services, to complement their academic experience, offering everything from tours around the country to medical insurance. 
  • TAU International and the Student Union established the Buddy System, which supports international students with living in Israel.

Disability Services

  • TAU's Dean of Students office has a learning disability diagnosis centre that supports and provides assistance to students with learning disabilities. Among the services offered are diagnosis services and provision recommendations on accommodating students with learning disabilities.
  • TAU provides a wide array of services for the physically disabled, including on-campus parking, accessibility to all the major libraries, accessible copying machines all over the campus, as well as the loan of equipment for the hearing impaired.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is one of the most active bodies on campus, and offers all its services to international students. These include private tutoring, legal support, extracurricular activities, and more.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Due to strict visa guidelines, international students are not allowed to work while staying in Israel on student visas. Students are allowed to take part in internships for credit or take part in volunteer opportunities.

Student Mix

  • TAU currently has some 28,000 Israeli students, of which 1,500 are international students.
  • Student body comprises 50% undergraduate, 50% graduate and PhD.
  • Female:male ratio is 55:45.
  • Applications to places ratio. Undergraduate: 5,100 places for 10,700 applications. Graduate: 3,600 places for 6,900 applications. Note that admission cut-offs are published on on-going basis to Israelis in advance (all potential applicants know exactly where they stand on chances for acceptance, though there are special admittance routes such as affirmative action).

History

  • Located in Israel's cultural, financial and industrial core, Tel Aviv University (TAU) is a major centre of teaching and research, comprising nine faculties, 27 schools, 98 departments and 128 research institutes and centres. 
  • Its origins go back to 1956, when three research institutes – the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, the Institute of Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Jewish Studies – joined together to form the University of Tel Aviv. 
  • Initially operated by the Tel Aviv municipality, the university was granted autonomy in 1963. The Ramat Aviv campus, covering an area of 170 acres, was established that same year.

Notable Alumni

  • Mr. Ariel Sharon – former Prime Minister of Israel.
  • Professor Dan Ariely – writer and behavioural economist .
  • Ari Folman – cinematographer.
  • Major General Benjamin Gantz – Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.
  • Mr. Gideon Sa'ar – Minister of Interior, Israel.
  • Ms. Rakefet Rissak-Aminoach – CEO, Bank Leumi.
  • Colonel Ilan Ramon (1954–2003) – first Israeli astronaut.

Further Details

Address Tel Aviv University International
The Carter Building
Room 108
Ramat Aviv
69978
Israel