Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel
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About the Program
With nearly 30,000 students, Tel Aviv University is the largest university in Israel, known internationally for its physics, computer science, chemistry, and linguistics departments. Together with BarIlan University in neighboring Ramat Gan, the student population numbers over 50,000, including a sizeable international community. Tel Aviv University (TAU) is a public university located in Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv the city is located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline in west-central Israel. It is the largest and most populous city in the metropolitan area of Gush Dan, with a population of 3.3 million residents as of 2010.The city is governed by the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, headed by Ron Huldai. Residents of Tel Aviv are referred to as Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 by the Jewish Community of on the outskirts of the ancient port city. Tel Aviv's White City was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 and comprises the world's largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings.
Known as "The City That Never Sleeps", it is a popular tourism destination on the Mediterranean, with 2.7 million international visitors annually. It is renowned for its 24-hour culture, beaches, bars, restaurants, cafés, parks, shopping, cosmopolitan lifestyle, and landmark neighborhoods such as Old Jaffa and Neve Tzedek. It is the country's financial capital and a major performing arts and business center. Tel Aviv has the second-largest economy in the Middle East, and is the 19th most expensive city in the world. Tel Aviv has been named the third "hottest city for 2011" (behind only New York City and Tangier) by Lonely Planet.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- completion of two semesters of Hebrew or Arabic recommended
- Note that students minoring in Hebrew should complete Hebrew courses at Tulane prior to applying; please meet with your minor advisor to discuss Hebrew language requirements
- Note that the pre-semester Ulpan is mandatory for all TAU students
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Political Science
The academic program is preceded by a mandatory intensive Hebrew language course, called an Ulpan, to prepare you for life in Israel. A summer Ulpan is seven weeks, and an abbreviated four-week Ulpan is offered for students who will begin their studies in the Spring Semester.
Students take a full schedule of five courses (in addition to the Ulpan), taught in English from a rich and diverse course schedule. A final updated course schedule is posted prior to the beginning of each semester. Each course awards 3 academic credits, for a total of up to 15 credits per semester. Courses are available in:
- Arts and Culture
- Environmental Studies
- Exact Sciences
- International Relations
- Jewish Studies
- Middle Eastern Studies
- Social Sciences
TAU’s course offering is designed with students’ interests and requirements in mind. Students with advanced proficiency in written and spoken Hebrew may join courses taught in Hebrew at TAU departments, subject to approval by the TAU International office and the relevant department. However, students taking these courses should be prepared to be in Israel longer as the schedule for these courses is not the same as for study abroad courses.
Students with advanced proficiency in written and spoken Hebrew may request to be exempt from the Ulpan requirement through taking a Hebrew proficiency test. Please note that if you would like to take the proficiency test, you must indicate this at the time of your application.
As a visiting international student at Tel Aviv University, you will have access to a full program of trips and cultural events will give you the chance to explore all Israel has to offer, from the Galilee to the Negev and the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean. In your free time, the vibrant city of Tel Aviv, with its rich cultural life, gorgeous beaches, and exciting nightlife, will be the backdrop for memories you’ll cherish for years to come.
On campus you will find great outdoor facilities as well as indoor facilities. There are many benefits of becoming a Student at TAU, one is that you will have access to a discounted gym rate which offers three pools (one Olympic size one) a great indoor gym and an always visited gymnasium. There are tennis courts on campus, as well as volleyball courts spread out throughout the open areas. The campus comes alive with weekly social and cultural events.
The student dormitories are all conveniently located within walking distance from the Tel Aviv University campus. Dormitories are divided into suites of one or two bedrooms shared by two students per bed-room.
Some international students choose to live in nearby off-campus apartments. Sharing a standard apartment with one or two roommates may cost the same as the dorms. However, a place in the dorms will be reserved for you unless you specify otherwise prior to the payment deadline as set by the Office of Academic Affairs. TAU is not able to refund students for early withdrawal from the dorms.
Tel Aviv University Study Abroad Page
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