Israel: Tel Aviv University

Through the Tel Aviv University (TAU) program, Rollins students have the opportunity to enroll directly into one of Israel’s top universities where they will study alongside other students from around the world.

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Overview

Tel Aviv is considered the cultural and economic heart of Israel, with a booming and vibrant population, beautiful beaches and 24-hour lifestyle the city has a cosmopolitan flair and a distinct personality. The TAU program offers a host of excursions and cultural events through which students can explore all Israel has to offer: from the Galilee to the Negev and the Dead Sea, to the Mediterranean. This program is an excellent choice for students studying Middle Eastern Studies (the MENA minor), Arabic, Jewish/ Israel Studies, all business disciplines, Economics, Anthropology, Philosophy, Religion, Political Science, and International Relations. In addition, TAU offers a fall-semester program - VOYAGE to Medicine - that combines clinical research, academic studies and volunteer work that should be of interest to pre-med and Global Health students.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018  Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017 (Tentative)

  • Jul 30: Required Arrival Date
  • Jul 31: Orientation & Hebrew Placement Exam
  • Aug 2 - Sep 14: Ulpan (intensive language program)
  • Sep 18 - Oct 21: Fall Vacation
  • Oct 23: First Day of Classes
  • Oct 23 - Jan 4: Fall Semester
  • Jan 7: Program End Date

Spring 2018 (Tentative)

  • Jan 16: Group Flight Departure
  • Jan 17: Arrival at TAU
  • Jan 18: Orientation & Hebrew Placement Exam
  • Jan 21 - Feb 15: Winter Ulpan
  • March 1: Purim Vacation Day
  • Mar 26 - Apr 7: Passover Vacation
  • Apr 18: Memorial Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers
  • Apr 19: Israel's Independence Day
  • May 20: Shavuot Vacation
  • May 24: TAU Student Day
  • June 3: Last Day in the Dorms for Spring and Year Students

Getting There

Flight

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.

Orientation

Attendance at the orientation week is required and includes: a general orientation with all international programs at Tel Aviv University, including a post-program social event, a campus tour, and social activities to get to know your peers. Staff members will provide students with information pertaining to all aspects of their TAU experience, including residential life, academic advisement, safety guidelines, and their adjustment to life in Israel.

Visa

U.S. citizens attending the University for the semester may enter Israel on a Tourist Visa. The Tourist Visa is valid for three months, is issued, free of charge, upon arrival in Israel and can be extended once on-site. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

Academic Information

Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University: Founded in 1956, Tel Aviv University is one of Israel’s premier institutions with 30,000 students, including 1,000 international students, and globally recognized faculty.  Visiting study abroad students are housed within the Overseas Students Program. Classes are taught by faculty from Tel Aviv University. Student support and advising is provided by the staff in the TAU International Office and by RAs, Israeli students who live alongside the visiting students in the dormitory.

Courses

Ulpan Language Study: The semester at Tel Aviv University (TAU) begins with a required intensive language study called an Ulpan.  The Ulpan is available in Hebrew or Arabic and is a required component of the semester at TAU.  It runs for 6 weeks and is worth 6 credits in the fall and runs for 4 weeks and is worth 4 credits in the spring.  TAU allows an exemption only for students who can pass a Hebrew proficiency exam.  During the Ulpan, courses meet five days a week, Sunday-Thursday from 8:30am until 1:00pm with a short break in the middle.

Semester Courses: After the Ulpan, most students will enroll in courses taught in English available through the Overseas Students Program.  These courses are worth 3 credits each and a full load is five courses.  Courses in the Overseas Students Program are with other visiting students, primarily from the US and are offered only four days a week to allow students time for exploration and travel. 

Courses are available in the following academic fields: Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, Management and Economics (two courses), Middle East Studies, Art Studies, Life Science (one course), General—anthropology, sociology, film and culture courses, Hebrew language, and Arabic language.  For a full listing of courses and full course information, please visit the TAU website.  Students with strong Hebrew may take up to two regular, direct enrollment courses with Israeli students. Rollins students also have the option to participate in TAU's specialized programs: the Voyage to Medicine semester program, which has a special focus on healthcare, or the Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program.

Transfer of credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Tel Aviv University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing & Meals

Housing

Visiting students all live in student dormitories and are conveniently located within walking distance from the Tel Aviv University campus in local neighborhoods. 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 dormitory houses primarily other international students but Israeli students function as resident assistants in the dorms.  The following items are not supplied by TAU: blankets, pillows, towels, kitchen utensils and household goods.

Meals

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.

Student Life

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.  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.

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. Students may also choose to travel independently throughout Israel during breaks and free weekends.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, and cultural activities excursions.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: $1,500
  • Visa fee: $50 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: $1,000 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1,000-$1,800
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

Discount on Student Account

In December for the spring semester and July for the fall semester, a discount will be applied to the Student Account for meals not included on the program.  The discount should cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account which can then be requested as a refund.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad.  Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis: Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during the normal semester. If you are unable to make it at these times, email, call or stop by to set up an appointment. We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program. These are students who have completed a study abroad program and would be happy to share their experiences with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Mike Rainaldi to schedule an appointment. Walk-in advising is for informational purposes only.