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Study MBA in Israel 2024

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About Israel

Located in Western Asia at the Mediterranean Sea's southeastern shore, the State of Israel is bordered by the countries of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the West Bank (the Gaza Strip and Palestinian territories). Jerusalem is the capital of Israel but Tel Aviv is it's financial center. As the only Jewish-majority state in the world, Israel is a highly developed, representative democracy that boasts the highest standard of living out of all other Middle Eastern countries.

Where Do Students Earn Business Degrees in Israel?

Israel has 50 private colleges and nine prestigious research universities considered to be some of the best in the world. Because of the high quality of tertiary education in Israel, the country is currently experiencing a technology boom and accelerated economic development. Included in the top 100 universities in the world are Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Undergraduate and graduate degrees in business are available at most Israel universities. Earning a master's degree in international business or entrepreneurship is a popular degree sought by both international and Israeli students.

How Long is the Academic Year in Israel?

The higher education academic year is divided into two semesters that begin in late October and end in July. Many Jewish holidays are observed that allow for short breaks throughout the year. Some of these holidays include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Yom Ha'atzmaut.

What is the Cost of Earning a Business Degree?

University tuition costs range from $12,000 to $15,000 (10,700 to 14,000 EUR) for one academic year. Upon enrolling, international students are required to make a non-refundable deposit at most universities, which typically amounts to $150 (135 EUR).

How Long Will It Take to Earn a Business Degree?

Students can expect to remain in a bachelor's degree business program for four years. An MBA will take an additional one to two years to complete.

Why Earn a Business Degree in Israel?

In addition to its rich, vibrant history and rapid economic development, Israel ranks second (behind the U.S.) in having the largest number of entrepreneurial business start-ups. Most business degree programs are taught in English but some religious studies are generally taught in Hebrew. Moreover, Israel universities provide scholarships and financial aid for students in need, as well as the ability to take language classes if a desired course is taught in Israel's native language of Hebrew. Also be aware that Americans or Canadians can enter Israel without a visa and remain in the country for three months before they are required to obtain a visa.

Visa Requirements

A/2 visa - This visa is granted to those who wish to come to Israel to study at an accredited institution.

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Student Visa (A/2 visa)

Price and currency

USD 50

The application fee for a student visa to Israel depends on your country of residence and is subject to change at any time. The fee can be around 40-50 USD.

Who can apply for the visa?

It is mandatory that all international students participating in programs of one semester or longer secure a Student Visa (A-2) before arriving in Israel.

The student visa is granted to those who want to study in the elementary and high schools, academic institutions and yeshivot and youth institutions of the Jewish Agency.

Where can you make the application?

Israeli Consulate or Embassy of Israel

You must appear in person at your local Israeli Consulate or Embassy of Israel prior to your arrival to obtain a student visa.


How to make the application?

The applicant for an Israeli student visa typically needs to provide the following:

  • Completed and signed application for a visa to enter Israel. You can download the application form here:
  • Passport (must be valid beyond one year from the date of the intended visit).
  • Two passport pictures.
  • Original letter of acceptance for study at a recognized educational institution in Israel.
  • Statement from the bank showing that you have the funds to support the stay in Israel while you are a student (Bank statement from the past three months).
  • Roundtrip airline tickets OR payment of next school year in the states (in the case of an exchange student).
  • Bank statement of the last 3 months.
  • You may need to provide your original birth certificate

When should you apply?

Apply for a student visa soon after you receive the official letter of acceptance from your hosting Israel educational institute.

The visa is valid for up to one year (and allows many entries to the country) and can be extended in the Population Authority office for an additional period.

Processing time

Work opportunities

A/2 Visa holders are not allowed to work in Israel.

Under certain conditions, A/2 visa holders who are eligible to make aliya under the Law of Return may work part-time.

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Why do you need this type of visa?

Your visa application may be rejected if you are not able to show proof of the required funds, or if you provide incorrect or incomplete documents.