- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
Study abroad at Tel Aviv University (TAU) for a semester or the full academic year. The study abroad academic program at TAU begins with a mandatory intensive Hebrew language course, called an Ulpan, to prepare students for life in Israel. Students studying at TAU for the fall semester or the full year will take an intensive six week Ulpan, and students studying at TAU for spring semester will take an abbreviated four-week Ulpan.
Following Ulpan, students take a full schedule of four or five courses taught in English from the TAU course schedule. Many of the courses have a unique connection with Israel and/or the Middle East region, and therefore give unparalleled insight into the subject matter. Each course awards three academic credits. TAU offers many courses which are available just for study abroad students which follow a calendar aligned closely with the typical North American university calendar (called “Study Abroad Courses”). Students can also enroll in general university courses taught in English which may run a bit longer than the study abroad courses. Students will get comprehensive information on all academic matters during a mandatory academic orientation on-site. A final updated course schedule is posted prior to the beginning of each semester.
TAU's semester course offering are 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.
The TAU Student Life Team will organize a wide variety of events and activities for study abroad students throughout the semester, including several overnight excursions within Israel. Examples of past activities include Tel Aviv neighborhood tours, student welcome and farewell receptions, karaoke night, international pub trivia, Israeli film nights, “Krav Maga” workshops, and much more.
Please note U.S. citizens who study in Israel will be required to travel to the Consulate General of Israel in New York City to apply for a visa in-person prior to the start of the program and should budget for travel costs accordingly.
The Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Business in Israel and the Entrepreneurship & Internship Study Abroad Program tracks are not approved for Penn State students.
Academic Year: early August - mid May
Fall: early August - late December
Spring: mid January- mid May
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Expand your horizons as you live and explore the growing city of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv and its booming population, innovative spirit, edginess, beautiful beaches and 24-hour lifestyle gives the city a cosmopolitan flair that makes it a perfect destination to spend a semester or year while studying at a world class institution. Located in the heart of Israel, Tel Aviv has easy access to the entire country.
TAU’s campus is centrally located in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood, a short twenty minute bus ride or even a short twenty minute bike ride away from the city center. While on campus, you will get to enjoy our beautiful 220 acre green and lively space filled with 30,000 students - many international students but many locals as well. On campus you will find many libraries, cafes, cafeterias, a student pub, great outdoor sporting facilities and also indoor sporting facilities. As a student you will have access to a discounted gym rate which offers three pools (one Olympic sized) a great indoor gym. There are tennis courts on campus, as well as volleyball courts spread out throughout the open areas.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.