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Tel Aviv University Exchange

Tel Aviv , Israel

Tel Aviv , Israel

Program sponsor: Northwestern

Tel Aviv, Israel during sunset
Tel Aviv, Israel during sunset.

Through this exchange program, students expand their horizons as they live and explore the growing city of Tel Aviv while taking part in the academic excellence of Tel Aviv University for a 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.

While at TAU, students have the chance to study a wide variety of coursework across many disciplines. The program begins with a mandatory intensive Hebrew language course, called an Ulpan, to first prepare students for life in Israel. From there, students enroll in 5 courses for the semester and can choose from a wide variety of fields and courses offered in English. 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.

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Students at Tel Aviv University with Hebrew language skills may take courses in mathematics, computer science, physics, astronomy, biological sciences and engineering, while most students focus on courses in economics, psychology, communication studies , public policy, conflict resolution, women and gender studies program, archaeology, Jewish and Hebrew studies, as well as Arabic and Islamic studies.

Exchange students can take both Hebrew and English-taught courses offered on campus. For students with Hebrew language skills, the choices will be much greater, but there are courses offered in English in many departments as well as at the TAU International Office.

Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a 3.0 GPA


None; however, students are required to enroll in summer or winter Ulpan (intensive Hebrew language study) before the start of the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Interview for your program
    • For the interview, please be prepared to:
      • Discuss your specific motivations for study abroad and reasons for selecting this program
      • Explain how the program and coursework aligns with your personal, academic, and/or professional interests, and
      • Ask informed follow-up questions about program details that you have reviewed on the program website
  3. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. This application will not be accessible until you are nominated by Northwestern to participate in the exchange. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Term Notes

This program follows the Israeli academic calendar:

Fall Quarter begins in mid-July and ends in early January.

Winter/Spring Quarters begin in late February and end in early July.


A student visa is required for this program. Information on the visa process can be found through the TAU International website.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

7 - 8 Northwestern units per semester. Refer to the Credit Conversion page for information on the “C” grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.


Northwestern students will be housed at residence halls at the TAU campus.

Host Institution

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest comprehensive university, with excellent programs in the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and math, as well as the social sciences, arts, music, and humanities.

2019 Program Handbook

Browse the program handbook for more detailed information about excursions, courses, and identity-based considerations. Note: This is the previous year's handbook and should be used for informational purposes only. Do not make and travel plans based off of the dates or information provided here. 

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2020: $28,284*

Review estimated costs for other terms on the program budget sheet.

*Budget sheets for exchange programs were last updated on September 14, 2020. All international travel associated with undergraduate credit-bearing study abroad programs slated to begin during the Fall 2020 quarter, including all Fall 2020, Fall/Winter 2020-21, and Full Year 2020-21 exchange programs, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Billed by Northwestern
  • Program fee: $19,409

Students attending exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to Northwestern tuition, which covers academic fees, program administration, orientation, and GeoBlue health insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Room & board: $5,900
  • Airfare: $1,500
  • Visa fees: $75
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Local transportation: $400
  • Personal expenses: $900

Total: $8,875


  • You are responsible for paying the $60 TAU application fee directly.
  • Upon acceptance to the program, you will need to pay a $1,000 deposit directly to TAU, which will be applied to your TAU housing invoice.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Northwestern exchange programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Program Confirmation

Once you are approved to attend an exchange program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. You are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Program Fee

Students participating in exchange programs will be charged a program fee equivalent to the NU tuition rate for:

  • 1 quarter for fall quarter or spring quarter exchange programs
  • 1.5 quarters for fall-winter or winter-spring exchange programs
  • 3 quarters for full-year exchange programs

The program fee includes tuition and GeoBlue health insurance. It does not include additional program-related costs, such as housing, meals, or airfare. Refer to your estimated budget sheet above for the full estimated breakdown of your expenses abroad.

Student Visa Financial Certification

If you are required to obtain a student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation, and contact GLO for assistance.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

You should not pay your exchange institution directly for tuition. Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee (outlined above). You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and exchange programs are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Review estimated costs on your budget sheet, linked above.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your Northwestern account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Withdrawal & Refund Policies

If you withdraw or are dismissed from an exchange program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.

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