Program Overview

Tel Aviv and its booming population, energy, edginess, beautiful coastline and multiculturalism makes it a perfect location to study abroad. Located in the heart of Israel, Tel Aviv offers easy access to the entire country. Tel Aviv University (TAU) is a highly ranked university in Israel with a population of 30,000 students, including many international students. You will be able to immerse yourself in Israeli culture while at the same time taking fascinating courses taught in English and studying Hebrew language. 

Scholarship Opportunity: Tel Aviv University offers a number of scholarship opportunities – check them out here.

Academic Details

Tel Aviv University offers a variety of programs. Credit information: To convert TAU semester credits to UO quarter credits, multiply the number of credits in each class by 1.5. 

Semester/Year Abroad program (fall semester, spring semester, or yearlong): You will take 5 classes per semester from a variety of subjects, including: arts and culture, business, environmental studies, film and media studies, sciences, history, international relations, Jewish studies, law, Middle Eastern studies, social sciences, and more. Before the beginning of the semester, you will enroll in required 4-6 week intensive Hebrew language course, called an Ulpan.

The Study Abroad and Internship Program includes the same components as above plus an internship. The internship program is available for fall semester, spring semester, or the full academic year. For spring semester students, this extends the length of your program. For fall semester and yearlong students, the internship does not affect the program length. Visit the link above for more information.  

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.

Voyage to Medicine program (fall semester and spring semester): Israel is a world leader in medicine and applied research, making this an ideal setting to study health and medicine. Designed for pre-med and other health or science undergraduate students, this program allows you to participate in clinical research, take classes, and conduct volunteer work. Your classes will focus on health, psychology, clinical research, and Hebrew language. 

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Business in Israel (spring semester): Known as the “startup nation,” Israel is a fascinating case study for students interested in business and entrepreneurship. You will take core business classes on entrepreneurship and innovation, plus two elective classes. Another option is the Entrepreneurship and Internship Study Abroad Program, which includes a part-time internship (note that this program is longer). During these programs, you will participate in visits to Israeli companies and startups.

Summer Programs: Tel Aviv University also offers several short-term summer programs. Several notable programs are:

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Housing Description

Students may live in dormitories close to campus, or in off-campus apartments. See additional information on housing here.

Application process

Students are strongly recommended to contact with the GEO program advisor before completing an application.

Selection for the program is based on a review of the your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by Tel Aviv University (TAU).
IMPORTANT: Applications for programs at TAU involve two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline. Early application is advised. 

  1. Completion of the GEO online application.
  2. Completion of the TAU application – please visit the link to the specific program above. 

Application fees are due at the time the applications are submitted and are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

Please note that some TAU summer programs overlap with the UO spring term - please carefully check the dates on the TAU website.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer 20204/15/2020Varies by programVaries by program
Fall Semester20203/15/2020Early AugustLate December
Academic Year2020-213/15/2020Early AugustMid-May
Academic Year with Internship2020-213/15/2020Early AugustLate July
Spring Semester202110/15/2020Mid-JanuaryMid-May
Spring Semester with Intenship202110/15/2020Mid-JanuaryLate July

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.