Israel has spectacular universities. Academics and personalities from the worlds of research, science and discovery blossom in the Israeli educational ecosystem because the system itself is a strong, solid one that has been optimizing and improving itself continuously.
Many of you have heard about some of the main Israeli universities, and numerous people have even visited them when coming to Israel either on vacation or for a longer period of time. From classes that have stunning views of the old city of Jerusalem, to libraries in the middle of a Tel Aviv garden, the universities in Israel do not only offer a phenomenal curriculum, but also an experience that students and professors can hardly forget.
Various Israeli Nobel laureates have studied in the universities we are going to mention in just a few moments, which gives recognition and prestige to these fantastic houses of study.
So, how much do you know about the Israeli versions of Harvard, Stanford, Yale and Oxford? Would you like to study a first, second or third-degree in an Israeli institution? In this short but interesting article, we are going to give you all the data you need to make the best decision you could ever make: coming to study in Israel.
The best Israeli Universities
All around our blog, you’ll see beautiful sides and aspects of almost every city in Israel. We’ve shared with you amazing facts about Mitzpe Ramon, and we’ve also published articles about some cool facts about Beer Sheva you most likely didn’t know.
On this occasion it won’t be any different… we are not going to stay in only one city, because Israel has amazing universities around the country. So, are you ready to virtually visit the top four?
Israel has nine universities. Almost all of them rank very highly in the recent international academic rankings. Now, you are about to learn a bit more about the best four. Maybe, after this, we will see you on one of their campuses… who knows?
1. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Being the second-oldest university in Israel, after the Technion, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has three different campuses in Israel, two in the golden city of Jerusalem and one in Rehovot, which focuses on the areas of agriculture and environmental sciences.
It was founded in 1918, and its first board of governors included Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber, and Chaim Weizmann.
From the world of politics, four of the Israeli prime ministers once studied in this fantastic place, from which there is a breathtaking view of the old city of Jerusalem.
There’s a lot to say about this house of study, and about both its historical and current stunning faculty members, which include among others, people like Albert Einstein, Yuval Noah Harari, Martin Buber, Hanna Yablonka, Nir Shaviv, and Ruth Kark.
Yuval Noah Harari, alumnus and current professor of the Hebrew University gave an interesting interview about the coronavirus phenomenon that we truly recommend you to watch:
Want to visit the Hebrew University of Jerusalem? Yalla! As soon as airports get back to normal, they will be waiting for you.
2. Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot
The house of scientists and the biggest pride of the city of Rehovot. It was established 14 years before the State of Israel, and different from other Israeli universities, it offers degrees at all levels only in the fields of hard and soft sciences.
Remember when we discussed the Israeli Nobel laureates? As of last year, six people who are part of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s alumni, have received this prestigious recognition.
When you visit its beautiful campus and gardens, you could cross paths with around 4,000 scientists, Ph.D. students, M.Sc. students, postdoctoral fellows, and hundreds of scientific, technical, and administrative staff who are part of the core functioning of the institute.
If Rehovot lives and breathes science, it is because of the Weizmann Institute of Science!
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3. Tel Aviv University
Located in the gorgeous neighborhood of Ramat Aviv, the largest university in Israel offers its students a unique vibe, and a prestigious house of study. According to “The World University Rankings”, “(The Tel Aviv University was) founded in 1956 and is today Israel’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning and research. It offers 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and arts (…) and 128 research centers. (…) The university leads the nation in the number and impact of research publications (…)”.
Just so you know, The Museum of the Jewish People, which we mentioned in a recent publication about the best Israeli museums is located on the Tel Aviv University campus.
People like Dan Ariely, Lucy Ayoub, and Yochai Benkler (who is the co-director of the Berkman Center, Harvard Law School) have studied at this amazing university that gives Tel Aviv a young soul and prestigious academic strength.
4. The Technion in Haifa
And we were saving the oldest institution for last. The Technion was established in 1912, under the dominion of the Ottoman Empire, and is the oldest university in Israel.
The Technion doesn’t only rank as the top university both in Israel and in the Middle East, but also always ranks always in the top 100 universities of the entire world.
The Technion offers degrees, Ph.D.’s, and postgraduate degrees in fields such as engineering, science, architecture, education and medicine, among others. It has 12 affiliated hospitals to teach its students, over 20 academic departments, and around 60 research centers.
This structure and their strong, prestigious curriculum is why they can proudly say they have four chemistry Nobel laureates, and people like Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Technologies among their extensive list of exceptional alumni.
Learn Hebrew today. Come study in Israel!
Want to be part of this exciting and vibrant academic ecosystem? Even if all of these Israeli universities offer degrees in English, you’ll want to live your full experience and study in Hebrew. The good news is that today, learning Hebrew is easier and more enjoyable than ever before.
In the Hebrew courses offered by the Rosen Hebrew School, you’ll be mastering the language that Eliezer Ben Yehuda modernized in no-time. In live, online classes with other classmates from all over the world, you’ll be surprised to learn the engaging teaching methodologies our instructors have to offer.
Are you ready to learn Hebrew? Give yourself a present. Enroll in one of Rosen’s live online Hebrew courses. Behatzlacha! Good luck!