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Israel: Tel Aviv University

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

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Experience Israel!


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.

  • 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
  • This program has a required advising session
    (30 minutes) as part of the application process.
    Click here to schedule a virtual advising session.

How to Apply

Spring 2021

  • Jan 10: Group Flight Departure 
  • Jan 11: Arrival at TAU 
  • Jan 12 – 13: Orientation & Hebrew Placement Exam 
  • Jan 17: Hebrew Ulpan 
  • Feb 22: Classes Begin 
  • Feb 26: Purim Vacation Day 
  • Mar 24 – Apr 4: Passover Vacation 
  • May 13: Last Day of Class 
  • May 14: Last Day in Dorms 

Fall 2020

  • Aug 3: Group Flight Departure 
  • Aug 4: Arrival at TAU 
  • Aug 5: Orientation 
  • Aug 6: Mandatory Hebrew Placement Exam 
  • Aug 9-Sept 19: Hebrew Ulpan 
  • Sept 18-Oct 10: Fall Break 
  • Oct 12: Fall Semester First Day of Classes 
  • Dec 17: Last Day of Classes 
  • Dec 18: Program Ends 


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.


The program includes 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.


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 upon arrival in Israel and can be extended once on-site--TAU staff will assist with this process. For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

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.


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

Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA.  It can take up to three months for grades to be processed and appear on the Rollins transcript. For information on approving courses for major/minor and General Education/rFLA requirements, and other academic policies, please visit our Academic Information page.


Visiting students all live in the new Broshim Dormitories conveniently located within walking distance from the Tel Aviv University campus. In the new complex designed especially for international students, students will enjoy a single bedroom located either in a shared or studio apartment. All Broshim living spaces are furnished and contain a kitchenette, bathroom, WIFI, A/C and heating, and cable TV. In addition, on the Broshim premises, students have easy access to a self-service laundry facility, a student lounge, a full-size grocery store, a café, and more. 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.


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.


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.

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad. 

  • Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room: $4,625.00


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)
  • Cost for all meals: $2,760 (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

Need-Based Scholarships

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