International Students

Bar-Ilan Offers a variety of programs for international students

Bar-Ilan is home to many internationally-based programs that attract students the world over. In addition the University has a number of exchange programs in which students study abroad, both actually and virtually.


The Preparatory Program (Mechina) & Ulpan 

The Mechina is a special study program for New Immigrants (Olim Chadashim) and tourists, run in conjunction with the Student Authority at the Israel Ministry of Absorption. This program is intended for immigrants or tourists who have completed their high school education overseas. The aim of the program is to prepare overseas students for higher education in Israel, and to instill them with the knowledge of Hebrew (through the Ulpan program included within the Mechina), Jewish history and traditions, and Israeli culture and customs.

The International B.A. Program in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Bar-Ilan University’s International BA Program presents aspiring students with new and exciting options for studying in Israel in the English language over 3 years. Under the guidance of top professors from Israel and around the world, participants enjoy dynamic class discussions and diverse learning experiences tailor-made to compete on an international level. Bar-Ilan’s uniqueness lies in its dedication to imbuing its students with a deep understanding of their Jewish life and learning alongside the sterling academic experience one would expect from any world-class institution. The International BA Program allows students to study in Israel without having to make compromises on academic excellence inherent in learning a  foreign language.

The International BA Program in Communications
This Program is offered by Bar-Ilan University’s School of Communications, one of the most prestigious of its kind in Israel. The International BA Program in Communications, taught entirely in English, enables students to major in communications and minor in political science, while focusing on two primary areas of study: Public Diplomacy and Public Relations and Marketing. In addition, students gain practical experience through the BIU International Broadcasting Services. Student are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Center for International Communication (CIC), and the Center for Law and Communication. The Professional Training department offers a wide variety of workshops in areas such as new media, advertising, public relations, and broadcast media.

MA in Creative Writing
Since its inception in 2002, the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing has attracted hundreds of local Anglo Israelis, Diaspora Jews and writers from around the world to spend a year (or longer) in Israel, honing their creative skills in English with the guidance of leading poets and fiction writers, in a context both Jewish and creative.

Sponsored by The Office of the Dean of Students and The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, this graduate program is offered to college graduates with no medical background, affording them the opportunity to complete preparation for medical school, dental school, veterinary school, or nursing school in just one year, in English. For more information about the program click here.
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