List of Israeli universities and colleges

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This is a list of universities and colleges in Israel. There are eight universities and several dozen[quantify] colleges in Israel, which are recognized and academically supervised by the Council for Higher Education in Israel. In addition, Israel founded a university in Ariel in the West Bank, which is recognized and academically supervised by the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria. As many course offerings are varied, Israeli universities are considered to be of top quality, and they are inexpensive to attend.[1] Israel's quality university education is largely responsible for spurring the country's high tech boom and rapid economic development.[1]

The primary difference between a university and a college in Israel is that only a university can confer doctorate degrees, and therefore tends to be more research-oriented than the more teaching-oriented colleges.


Israel's universities are listed below, followed by their English acronym, establishment date, location, latest data about the number of students and the institute's academic rank of the top world universities, according to WebOMetrics[2] (top 3000), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)[3] (top 500) and The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES)[4] (top 200):

Institute Est. Date Location Students World Academic Rank (WebOMetrics, SJTU, THES)
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (IIT) 1912 Haifa 13,000 (2005) 101–150, 102–150, 301–350
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) 1918 Jerusalem 22,600 (2003) 131, 59, 178
Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) 1934 Rehovot 2,500 (2012) 346, 102–150, N/A
Bar-Ilan University (BIU) 1955 Ramat Gan 26,800 (2008) 570, 305–401, N/A
Tel Aviv University (TAU) 1956 Tel Aviv-Yafo 29,000 (2005) 266, 102–150, 201–250
University of Haifa (HU) 1963 Haifa 18,000 (2009) 510, 401–500, N/A
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) 1969 Be'er Sheva 19,000 (2010) 448, 203–304, N/A
Open University of Israel (OPENU) 1974 Ra'anana 48,000 (2014) 1893, N/A, N/A
Ariel University1 (AU) 1982 Ariel 14,000 (2012) N/A, N/A, N/A

Most universities offer the full range of graduate and undergraduate degrees – bachelor's, master's and the doctorate. However, the Weizmann Institute does not offer the bachelor's degree and the Open University does not offer the doctorate.

The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya is awaiting accreditation by the CHEI to award an Israeli PhD degree in Law.[5] Currently, IDC Herzliya offers Bachelor's, Master's, and doctoral degrees with non-Israeli accreditation.


ORT Braude College of Engineering

Other institutes of higher education that are accredited by CHEI to confer a bachelor's (and in some cases a master's) degree are known as colleges (Hebrew: מִכְלָלָהMikhlala; pl. מכללותMikhlalot). There are also over twenty teacher training colleges - most of which will award only the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.).

The Colleges are:[6]

The teacher training colleges include:[8]

1Located in the Israeli occupied territories

Non-degree post-secondary education schools[edit]

The Ministry of Education has also certified certain institutions to award Professional Certificates instead of academic degrees. These include certificates in technology and in the performing arts.

Non-Israeli certified Colleges[edit]

Several colleges – primarily religious institutions – operate in Israel that are not certified by the CHEI, but rather are accredited by international bodies outside of Israel.

Foreign university campuses[edit]

The following foreign colleges and universities maintain international branch campuses in Israel:

Of note, the prestigious NYU, which enrolls the largest number of Jewish students of any public or private university in the United States,[24] and is ranked in the top 34 globally in all major publications of university rankings, has a campus in Tel Aviv.

See also[edit]


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    In March of 2018, IDC Herzliya was granted permission to apply to the Council for Higher Education to award the PhD degree in Law. ... Once granted accreditation to award the PhD, IDC Herzliya will become the first private university in the State of Israel.

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