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Graduate Study in Israel

Chose from an Array of Programs in English

There are many great institutions of higher learning in Israel There are many great institutions of higher learning in Israel.

While Israeli students are flocking overseas for their higher degrees, Israeli universities offer a wide array of graduate study opportunities for foreign students. From an M.A. in Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv Univ. to a joint Columbia-Ben Gurion Univ. M.D. program in international health, the chance to study in English in such an exciting country is well worth considering.

Arts and Humanities

Most graduate programs for overseas students are in the arts and humanities. Every major university offers several programs.

The Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem offers M.A. degrees in Jewish Civilization, Jewish Education, The Bible and its World, Religious Studies, and Society and Politics in Israel. The Hebrew Univ. also offers a graduate year program for current M.A. and Ph.D. students as well as for graduates not yet enrolled for a degree. Though the program does not offer a full degree, a transcript is given, allowing transfer of credits. The advantage of this program is that students are free to take classes in all the areas offered in the graduate school.

At Tel Aviv Univ. three full M.A. programs are taught in English: Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern History, and in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). The TESOL M.A. enables participants to teach in the Tel Aviv public school system.

Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev, located in the Southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, confers an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studie. Ben Gurion Univ. also offers a year of graduate studies aimed at recent graduates. Areas of concentration include linguistics and literature, conflict resolution, peace studies and international relations, community healthcare, environmental and desert studies, anthropology, and a pre-med option. All participants have to take a Hebrew course. Students combine their academic work with an internship.

Haifa University, does not confer full masters degrees to overseas students, but foreign students can participate in the program for visiting graduates. Academic areas include Hebrew and Arabic, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, archaeology, sociology, and psychology. Extensive internship opportunities are also available and also offers an honors program in psychology to overseas students.

Desert Studies

Ben Gurion Univ. offers a 2-year M.Sc in Desert Studies at their Sde Boker campus in the Negev. Applicants must hold a B.Sc in science or engineering. Those wishing to specialize in Man in the Drylands need a B.A. in the social sciences or humanities or a professional qualification in architecture. Students must also be proficient in English.

Tel Aviv Univ. also offers a 1-year desert studies program through the Lowy Overseas School taught at the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura, near Eilat:


Haifa Univ. conducts a unique law program for current law students. Participants in The Global Law Program study alongside Israeli students in a variety of courses taught both by visiting and resident faculty.


Tel Aviv Univ. also offers an American-style program chartered by New York State and accredited by the State of Israel. The program is aimed at U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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