Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv is a vibrant metropolis. You can enjoy Mediterranean beaches just as much as the hip urban atmosphere. Historic Jaffa juxtaposes with modern skyscrapers, providing an ambiance that has old world charm mixed with modern comfort. Tel Aviv is Israel’s second-largest city, bringing with it the cultural resources of a large urban metropolis.
Tel Aviv University has an international reputation and is the largest of Israel’s universities. Experience a vibrant campus that is close to the downtown city as well as the Mediterranean beaches. From ground-breaking research in nanotechnology to top-notch programs in the humanities, sciences and the arts, Tel Aviv University is just as diverse as the vibrant city it calls home.
Tel Aviv University has several academic options for students with and without Hebrew language abilities.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
If you cannot read, understand, speak, and write Hebrew fluently, you can enroll in an overseas program in which all courses (with the exception of language courses) are taught in English.
If you can read, understand, speak, and write Hebrew fluently, you may enroll in both, courses taught in English, and courses in the regular university program. Tel Aviv University also offers you the opportunity to conduct for-credit research as one of your courses. These research opportunities are tailor-made to your interests academically, professionally, and personally.
As a participant in this program, you will be required to take the summer or winter Ulpan unless you can demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew, and even then, the Ulpan is strongly recommended. The Ulpan is an intensive Hebrew language pre-session course. Special classes for students of Israeli parentage, or for those with an in-depth knowledge of Biblical rather than modern Hebrew may be available. You may also continue taking additional Hebrew courses during the semester.
Non-Hebrew courses are available in the following fields:
• Jewish Studies
• Israel Studies
• Middle East Studies
• Art Studies
• Life Science
• Management, Economics, Communication
• International Relations
• Business and Entrepreneurship
Review Tel Aviv University’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Tel Aviv University provides dormitory housing. You may also make your own off-campus housing arrangements.
Each dormitory suite is divided into two bedrooms with two students sharing each bedroom. Each suite is fully furnished and includes a kitchen and bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and cable TV. A self-service laundry is located within the dormitory complex. Additional laundry and cleaning facilities are available in nearby shopping centers. You must provide your own pillows, linens, towels, kitchen utensils, and household goods, such as dishtowels, cleaning supplies, etc. All undergraduate students are assigned to this dormitory (subject to availability).
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.
Academic Year 2019/20
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs and the Academic Year 2018-19 WITH INTERNSHIP Estimate of Costs
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
ONLY SUNY STUDENTS MAY APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM. ALL SUNY APPLICANTS MUST APPLY THROUGH UALBANY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SUNY CREDIT FOR THIS PROGRAM.
Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least a 3.0 GPA are welcome to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
If you are interested in applying to Tel Aviv University, you should follow two steps:
1) Click “Apply Now” at the top of this page in order to access the UAlbany application materials.
2) Apply directly to Tel Aviv University for admission, following their procedures and observing their deadlines, and inform the University at Albany once you have submitted your TAU application materials. Please do not send TAU’s application materials to the University at Albany.
The TAU Student Life Team will arrange activities and excursions throughout the year.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are several on-campus sports clubs and activities available for all students to join.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“Studying abroad in Israel is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The culture is completely unique and I am so beyond grateful for the experiences I have been a part of. Everyone should take the opportunity to study abroad!”
Emily, Schwartz, Political Science Major
“LOVED Israel! Best semester of my life and UAlbany made it very easy for me to go about everything I needed to make it happen. Would do it all over again a million times!”
Andrew Ebrani, Urban Studies & Planning Major
About the City
Tel Aviv is a lively city, filled with cafés and night life. As Israel’s second-largest city, Tel Aviv is a center for technology and finance in Israel.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter Israel.
For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Consulate General of Israel website to determine whether you are required to obtain a visa for this program.
More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2019/20
Academic Year 2019-2020
08/03/2019 to 05/15/2020
08/03/2019 to 12/20/2019
01/12/2020 to 05/15/2020
About the Program
The University at Albany’s program through Tel Aviv University offers you the opportunity to learn Judaic, Israeli, and Middle Eastern studies, Hebrew language, and general studies. Israel, as a center for several cultures and religions, provides a stimulating environment for personal growth, both inside and outside the classroom. While it is an obvious resource for Judaic Studies majors and minors, these programs also attract students from all academic disciplines, religions, and ethnic groups.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Tel Aviv University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.