Expand your horizons as you live and explore the growing city of Tel Aviv while taking part in the academic excellence of Tel Aviv University for a study abroad semester or full year. Tel Aviv and its booming population, innovative spirit, edginess, beautiful beaches and 24-hour lifestyle gives the city a cosmopolitan flair that makes it a perfect destination to spend a semester or year while studying at a world class institution. Located in the heart of Israel, Tel Aviv has easy access to the entire country. TAU’s campus is only a short twenty minute bus ride or even a short twenty minute bike ride away from the city center.
Unique Study Abroad Coursework
While studying abroad, students have the chance to study a wide variety of coursework across many disciplines. Many of the courses have a unique connection with Israel and/or the Middle East region, and therefore give unparalleled insight into the subject matter. For example, what better place to study innovation than in the start-up capital of the world, or to study water safety and security than in the very region where this question is on the forefront of research efforts?
The study abroad experience begins with a mandatory intensive Hebrew language course, called an Ulpan, to first prepare students for life in Israel. We offer all levels of the language, so no matter your current ability we have a course to suit your needs. From there, study abroad students enroll in 5 courses for the semester and can choose from a wide variety of fields and courses offered in English.
Gain Professional Experience
In the current competitive global environment, interacting cross-culturally in the workplace is an investment for your future. To gain global professional experience while studying, students may consider choosing the Study abroad & Internship program for an additional program fee. TAU International internship programs are customized according to a student’s experience and interests, and enables a student to gain valuable work experience, explore potential career paths, build a network of contacts and learn from professionals in the field.
Immersive Cultural Activities and Excursions
Our Student Life Team (“Madrichim”) organize a wide variety of events and activities for our study abroad students throughout the semester, including several overnight excursions within Israel. Examples of past activities include Tel Aviv neighborhood tours, student welcome and farewell receptions, karaoke night, international pub trivia, Israeli film nights, “Krav Maga” workshops, and much more. Study abroad alumni have raved about the activities and excursions our Student Life Team organizes and we are proud to have these as an integral part of our study abroad program.
Lively Campus Life
TAU’s campus is centrally located in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood, a short distance from the city center and the beach. While on campus, you will get to enjoy our beautiful 220 acre green and lively space filled with 30,000 students - many international students but many locals as well. 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.
Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours. If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).
Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College. If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.
Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.
Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.
Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study. This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.
Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.