Housing and Meals: Visiting students all live in student dormitories are conveniently located within walking distance from the Tel Aviv University campus in local neighborhoods. The Ramat Aviv area where TAU is located is a well-to-do area of the city with many green spaces and accessible shops and restaurants. The newly renovated Dormitories are divided into suites of one or two bedrooms shared by two students per bedroom. Each air-conditioned suite is furnished and includes a shared kitchen and bathroom and wireless internet access. The following items are not supplied by TAU: blankets, pillows, towels, kitchen utensils and household goods. There is no inclusive meal plan at Tel Aviv University. Students cook for themselves in shared kitchens. There are several supermarkets nearby, as well as shops that sell prepared foods. University subsidized cafeterias on campus serve excellent kosher meals at very reasonable prices. Israeli student RAs live in the dormitories with visiting students and are available to assist students as needed.
Activities: The popular TAU Buddy program pairs visiting and Israeli students. A background in Hebrew is not typically needed to participate in the Buddy program as most Israeli students speak some English and all visiting students will have a foundation in Hebrew after participating in the Ulpan. TAU also sponsors many different cultural events on campus, many of which are open to the wider Tel Aviv community. While formal student organizations and clubs are unusual at TAU, visiting students can easily take advantage of more informal activities which are typically advertised on campus.
The Elite Sports Center at TAU serves as the venue for all regular university physical education courses, as well as competitive intercollegiate and Israeli league activities in a variety of sports. The facilities include an Olympic-size swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, a running track and soccer stadium. The Goldreich Multipurpose Sports building houses fitness and weight rooms, squash courts and a gymnastics hall. Students may purchase a sports pass entitling you to the use of all sports facilities and activities for a nominal fee.
Field Trips and Excursions: The Overseas Students Program offers two three-day trips each semester and a one-day trip to Jerusalem. Locations vary from term to term.
Flights: TAU arranges two optional group flights out of NYC. Students on these flights are accompanied by TAU staff and are provided with transportation to the dormitories upon arrival. Students who fly independently must travel independently to the dormitories on the arrival date.
Travel: Students may choose to travel independently throughout Israel during breaks and free weekends. Buses offer many scheduled options to destinations of interest around the country. We recommend purchasing a good guidebook Israel before departure—the Lonely Planet and Let’s Go series are popular with students.