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New program offers degrees in Israel

The Council for Higher Education in Israel recently launched the national initiative “Study in Israel” to double the number of international students enrolled in Israeli colleges and universities, initially targeting students in North America, China, and India. There are currently about 12,000 international students studying in Israel.

“Study in Israel,” which features a dedicated website, touts Israel’s high academic standards and innovative research landscape as part of “The Startup Nation,” and points to Israel’s competitive tuition costs.

Recently, four Israeli universities were ranked among the top 50 undergraduate programs globally that produce the most venture capital-backed entrepreneurs, according to PitchBook.

The initiative also underscores that Israeli universities and colleges offer dozens of short-term study programs, as well as full degrees and research opportunities, taught in English. “We have committed to making Israel a brain gain country for excellent students and researchers from around the world — North and South America, Europe, and Asia,” said Professor Yaffa Zilbershats, chair of the CHE’s planning and budgeting committee. 

The CHE recently authorized 26 new international degree programs in a range of fields in which Israel is globally recognized, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), innovation and entrepreneurship, Jewish studies, Middle Eastern studies, agriculture, urban studies, environmental studies, and design.

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