Syracuse University


Tel Aviv University

Program Description


Located in suburban Ramat Aviv, just north of the city and in Israel's cultural, financial and industrial heartland, Tel Aviv University (TAU) is the largest university in Israel and the biggest Jewish university in the world. It is a major center of teaching and research, comprising nine faculties, 106 departments, and 90 research institutes. International students study through The School for Overseas Students. The program is taught in English and has a required the Intensive Hebrew Language Program (Ulpan). The programs offer a rich variety of exciting courses in the fields of International Relations, Social Sciences, Arts, Environmental Studies, History, Religion, Business and many more.

Israel & Jerusalem
The State of Israel was established in 1948 and has a rich web of history and culture. Its population includes different peoples and religions, religious and secular, Arab Moslems and Arab Christians, Druze, Bedouins, Circassians, Samaritans and Jews from 70 Diasporas, from East and Western Europe, North Africa, Asia, North and South America. The people are settled all over the country in the Negev, Arava, Galilee and coastal plain, in moshavim, kibbutzim, vivacious cities and quiet villages busily engaged in industry and commerce, farming and scientific research. All of these cultures, peoples and religions created a rich tapestry of tradition, beliefs and customs that encapsulate the holy and the secular, the past and the present, the east and the west. A strained relationship between Israel and Palestine has left the area in a volatile situation for many years. Peace agreements have been attempted in the past but recent events has led the US State Department to issue a Travel Warning for US citizens.

Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city in modern times, was founded in 1909 and was built on the sand dunes north of the ancient port city of Jaffa. It is Israel's largest city and biggest commercial center. Nearly everyone who lives here came from somewhere else, a short walk through the city will uncover this diverse cultural mix; from the spicy Asian influence of the Yemenite Quarter, to the Miami chic of pastel pink beachfront condos. Tel-Aviv presents a lively combination of entertainment venues, shopping malls, exotic markets, nonstop active nightlife, gorgeous golden beaches and wonderful restaurants of all kinds. It is also the country's greatest cultural center, a home for a variety of museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls.

Program Calendar

Fall Semester: mid-July to late December(includes Ulpan)
Spring Semester: mid-January to late May (includes Ulpan)


Travel is not included in the cost of the program, but TAU does offer an optional group flight from JFK. More information will be provided upon acceptance. If you are flying independently, you should plan to arrive on the same day as the group flight.

Living arrangements

Student dormitories are conveniently located directly across the street from the Tel Aviv University campus. Dormitories are divided into suites of two to four bedrooms; two students share each bedroom. Each suite is fully furnished and includes a kitchen and bathroom. Current housing cost is approximately $4,200 for a combination of the Ulpan and semester term. You will be billed directly from TAU.


You may take any of the courses offered through the School for Overseas Students, but the courses must be pre-approved by Syracuse. You will need to obtain formal approval of 7-10 courses prior to departure for your semester abroad. A listing of the courses offered can be found on the TAU website. You would take 15 credits (5 classes), plus the mandatory pre-semester, Intensive Hebrew course (Ulpan). Grades from TAU will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU. Please note that you should not exceed 19 SU credits per semester (including Ulpan) unless pre-approved by petition from your home department.


U.S. citizens may enter Israel on a tourist visa which is issued free of charge at the airport. After three months, it must be extended for a nominal fee. Additional information will be sent with acceptance.

Cost & Aid

You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work-study. You may be charged for any addtional credits if you exceed 19 SU credits per semester (including the Ulpan). Besides tuition, you will also be charged a $550 program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Student ID card and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. Housing is billed directly from TAU. You are responsible for round-trip airfare, local transportation, food, books, and incidentals. ESF students will be charged Syracuse University tuition for attendance in this program.

How to apply

Applying to this program requires completion of both the SU Abroad and TAU application. All of the application material should be submitted to the SU Abroad office by October 10 for spring and March 15 for fall.

Part 1: Syracuse University
  • SU Abroad application online at
  • $70 application fee payable to SU
  • Study Abroad Approval form - signed by the Dean's office of your home college
Part 2: Tel Aviv University
  • Complete TAU’s application online (with fee) at: - print copy for SU Abroad
  • Personal statement (essay)
  • Two academic recommendations
  • Two official transcript - 3.0 cumulative GPA required
  • Medical exam report
  • Study Abroad Approval (section G of TAU's application) - signed by SU Abroad

Meet with an Advisor

Kristine Clay– – 443-9417