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Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English, Hebrew Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:

Tel Aviv University

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:

  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
  • Tel Aviv application deadline: November 1, 2020
This program is a great fit for students who are looking for a transformative experience while living and studying in the cultural and economic heart of Israel. Students can take courses in English in the areas of Hebrew language, Middle East studies, politics, etc. Students with a high level of Hebrew can take regular university courses taught in Hebrew.

The University

Tel Aviv University is a public, research institution that hosts more than 30,000 students, the largest university in Israel. It was founded in 1956 and is comprised of nine faculties, 17 teaching hospitals, and 400 laboratories. 

The Setting
Tel Aviv is located on the Mediterranean coast and is the most populous city in Israel. It features 12th century ruins, museums, and local art that students may take advantage of while studying at TAU.



Before the semester officially begins, students will participate in a required Ulpan (Intensive Hebrew or Arabic language course), but this does not count for Princeton credit. After the Ulpan, students will enroll in 15-16 credits per semester, including one Hebrew or Arabic language course, to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits. Please note that although Tel Aviv only requires students to enroll in 12 credits, Princeton students must enroll in 15-16 credits once the semester starts. Students can choose from a wide range of course offerings: Anthropology, Engineering, History, International Relations, and more. More information about academics can be found on the TAU website.


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: early August through late December. **Students interested in the fall semester MUST participate in the 6-week Ulpan.
Spring Semester: mid January through mid May

Please refer to the TAU website for updated calendars


Students are eligible to live in TAU housing pending availability. TAU has dormitories available, and most study abroad students are housed in Einstein Dorms, which is a furnished suite including  an air conditioner, cable TV, wireless internet, a kitchenette, one bathroom and two bedrooms. Two students are housed in each bedroom, for a total of four students per suite. 

Depending on enrollment, there may be cases where Study Abroad students are housed in off-campus TAU apartments. The TAU apartments are in the city center within a 30-minute commute of the campus and a transportation stipend is provided to students placed here. For more information about housing, visit the TAU website.

Student Life

From TAU website:
"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 and an always visited gymnasium. There are tennis courts on campus, as well as volleyball courts spread out throughout the open areas."

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Please visit the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information about how to obtain a student visa.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the TAU website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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What would you say to a student considering this study abroad program or study abroad in general?
I would say that this program is excellent for those who are interested in exploring Israel both academically and culturally through many trips across this country. There was a good amount of staff support who I could turn to and never feel like I'm alone with any issue I had to deal with. I enjoyed being able to do my courses in the day and go to the beach or the local markets in the afternoon. I recommend this program wholeheartedly because I felt that I was able to truly connect with the local students on campus and make new friends from study abroad. There's so much to say about this program but it's up to each person to take the chance to experience it for themselves.
     — Rafael Tafur, Spring Semester 2019
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/11/2021 05/14/2021
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