The biggest decision for international students is the choice of university and programme, and it also boils down to the destination you choose to pursue your aspirations. We’ve talked about New Zealand and the UK as study abroad destinations, but we will cover an unconventional choice with this one. Israel is regarded as a relatively less popular destination, probably because it is located in the Middle East. But there’s a lot it offers from the academic, cultural, and diversity fronts.

Israel makes a dream destination for students who want to avail the unmatched combination of world-class education, rich culture, scenic landscape, and comfortable lifestyle. The country is also a hot favourite for people who want to experience thrill and adventure. Let us highlight some reasons why Israel is one of the best destinations for international students.


Israel offers a world-class education in diverse fields and several programmes in arts, science, design, and more. You can explore programmes in English at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels, which means that language isn’t a barrier for international students. The country has leading names in universities, like the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, which are among the top-ranking ones in the world.

The Weizmann Institute of Science has been voted as the best university for life scientists by The Scientist magazine. Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem has completed hundred years of excellence in art and design education. There are 31 colleges and 21 teacher-training colleges here, so there are options galore for international students looking for courses in different streams.


Higher education in Israel comes at a competitive price, which is another reason that makes it an excellent place to study overseas. Your tuition fee depends on the choice of programme and institution, though there is an option of scholarship for capable students. You need not worry much about living expenses because they are relatively affordable in the country. The averages per annum costs are as follows.

  • Undergraduate – $4,000- $15,000 (USD)
  • Post Graduate – $5,000- $30,000 (USD)

Approximate cost of living: $10,500 (USD) per annum


Since the country does not have a centralized application system for higher education, you can expect the admission process to vary depending on the institution, field, and programme level. The best way to know them is by checking the website, where you can also find key information such as extended deadlines due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Most institutions will ask for GRE or GMAT scores (depending on your course) and English language test scores, in addition to the regular paperwork. Some universities require international students to join a Hebrew school for an intensive language course before starting their regular studies.


The universities and colleges in Israel are governed by the Council of Higher Education, a body that supervises the entire higher education system in the country. It goes the extra mile to ensure that students have access to the highest standards of education. Further, Israel’s higher education institutions are globally acclaimed for their academic excellence, bringing an opportunity to be a part of one of the best higher education systems in the world. The country is a great promoter of research and collaborates with international institutions that bring funding opportunities for such partnerships. You can also explore programmes with internship opportunities in diverse sectors such as business, consulting, technology, government, non-profit and more.


You require a student visa (A/2 visa) to study in Israel. It is valid for one year and permits multiple entrances and exits during this period. International students can work in Israel in fields such as nursing care, construction, welding and industrial professions, agriculture, hospitality, and ethnic cookery. But you will have to obtain a working visa first. You can seek the help of designated employers, such as an employment agency, to get a valid work permit in the country. Several agencies can help you navigate the local job market and find employment here.


You can explore a work permit visa as a specialist in an academic field, scientist, high-tech workers, or short-term workers, depending on your qualifications. The country also has an entrepreneurship program if you want to stay here for an extended period. Specialists in academic or non-academic fields looking to work for more than three months will need a B/1 visa, which permits the maximum stay and work period of five years and three months from the start date in Israel. The post-doctoral research visa lets students stay up to four years.

Choosing Israel as your study abroad destination opens opportunities beyond academic excellence. You will find yourself in a melting pot that attracts students from around the world with its diverse and dynamic culture and a 4000-year old history. The cuisine is as interesting as its language, art, and music. Israel is also a destination of choice if innovation beckons you because it is known as the “Start-Up Nation”, as it boasts of the world’s highest investment per capita in startups. You can be a part of this vibrant startup culture and ecosystem by exploring your luck as an entrepreneur eventually.

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

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