Immigrant Students Dpt.
The Israel Students Authority
- The Israel Student Authority operates through the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, encouraging young Olim from around the world to study in Israel.
- The Israel Student Authority is a vital link between immigrant students (olim) and higher education in Israel.
- We are the most significant official supportive body that assists young immigrant students.
- Our assistance and support will enable you to succeed in your studies, integrate into the Israeli society and build your career later on
If you are interested in academic studies and you haven't made Aliyah yet, you are welcome to contact our pre-aliyah services and get all the information you need to prepare in the best way possible for your studies in Israel.
- Information and advice on study options in Israel. Assistance with finding and choosing the program that best suits you
- Check your eligibility for our assistance
- Have your diplomas evaluated in Israel's academic institutions
- Registration for Taka & Summer Ulpan
*The service is free of charge.
Address - 4 Mevo Hamatmid Street, Pazgaz Building, Jerusalem
Reception hours - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 08:30 to 13:30
Mondays and Wednesdays, from 15:00 to 18:30
New Immigrant Student Administration Background Information
The New Immigrant Student Administration is a division of the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, and has been operating since 1964, acting as the body responsible for the absorption of immigrant students in a wide range of fields.
The vision is to encourage young people from all over the world to immigrate to and study in Israel, to work towards their successful integration into society and the economy so that they can build their homes and their futures in Israel.
Each year, 5,000 new immigrant students study with the administration’s assistance. To date, the administration has assisted 127,800 students, including 100,000 undergraduate students and 15,000 graduate students, with the following geographical distribution: about 60% from the former USSR and Eastern Europe; 16.5% from Asia and Africa; about 9% from Western Europe; 7.6% from the US, Canada, South Africa and Oceania (Australia, Melanasia, Micronesia and Polynesia); 7.2% from Latin America; 15% from Ethiopia and other countries.
The administration’s work with new immigrant students focuses on three main levels:
- Promoting immigration, counseling and guidance: this service is provided to applicants who are in Israel as well as candidates who have not yet immigrated to Israel and are abroad, including information about educational options in Israel and conditions for registration and admission, running unique preparatory programs for academic integration and counseling.
- Comprehensive support during the study period: including activities for academic and social integration, personal guidance by a team of paid counselors on the different campuses (Hadassah, English/Russian/Spanish/French at the Hebrew University, a counselor for men’s religious institutions, a counselor for women’s religious institutions, an counselor for secular institutions and an counselor for pre-academic studies), trips, volunteering in the community, preparation for employment, activities for integration into Israeli society and culture, guidance by social workers (one-on-one talks, guidance, up to 10 sessions of psychological therapy, contact with organizations providing financial assistance) and academic support (private lessons, marathons and more).
Maatefet Coordinator in the Jerusalem District – Alina 054-6842192
- Funding for higher education: granting scholarships during the course of degree studies, financial assistance and monthly subsistence allowances for special populations.
- The administration works in collaboration with 30 educational institutions in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas (Gush Etzion and Ariel) and assists approximately 2,000 students in matters such as academic support and counseling, guidance and choosing a field of study, social support – activities and events; and financial support – financing the students’ tuitions.
- The Pre-Immigration Department (on Kanfei Nesharim Street) is in contact with the emissaries in the various countries who are helping the candidates consider immigration in a study framework in all languages.
- As part of the procedure, a student file is opened every year, and includes a transcript and a grade point average.
- The immigrant is entitled to exercise their right within three years of immigration (or longer, if they have served in the army).
- If the immigrant does not have an undergraduate degree, then the condition for funding the entire degree is up to the age of 27, regardless of degrees which are three years or more; graduate degrees are up to the age of 30; the Ministry of Absorption also provides assistance with professions including licensed vocations, career retraining, social work, welfare, teaching, social work and physical therapy.
- SHAHAK (Community Social Service) – 120 hours of annual volunteering (for a 3-year degree), granting of scholarships, the Immigrant Leadership project through Mifal Hapayis, 80 hours of municipal absorption, an external committee that provides NIS 1,200 in ten payments, the establishment of an inheritance fund (by next year):
180 national scholarships for students in difficult socioeconomic situations.
Preparatory programs for academia:
- New immigrant preparatory programs – intended for young people, high school graduates in their home countries, with an emphasis on countries in which the matriculation certificate is not equivalent to the Israeli matriculation (the US, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, Latin American countries and others).
- Pre-Academic program – an intensive 5-month program (six days a week) intended for students up to the age of 30 with an academic background from their country of origin and for high school graduates in countries where the matriculation certificate is equivalent to Israeli matriculation (France, England, Belgium, Germany, Australia and others).
- There are two sessions a year: September / October and January / February.
- Registration fee per student – NIS 220
- Immigrants over the age of 30 have the option of participating in a program at the discretion of the Exceptions Committee.
- In the cases of those serving in National Service / the IDF, the above programs will be funded by the Ministry of Defense.
- The condition for participation in the program is a basic knowledge of Hebrew (Completion of Ulpan A) and approval from the director.
The curriculum includes:
- University level Hebrew (Level B + up to university exemption)
- English by university level classification
- A science / social sciences and Israel course with an emphasis on academic writing
- Elective courses based on need and the number of registrants
- Counseling and guidance with occupational psychologists for choosing a course of study
- Social activities and personal guidance
- Classification exams in English (AMIRAM) and Hebrew (YAEL) at the end of the program
- A possibility to being granted partial participation in the cost of a Psychometric Exam preparation course for pre-academic program students
- Summer Ulpanit – a 5-month, 6-day-a-week intensive and unique ulpan for students and academics. Requires Level B Hebrew. Registration fee: NIS 100 per student.
- Preparatory course for YAEL (Hebrew Knowledge for Academia) – a screening test for Hebrew levels, intended for students who have not matriculated or taken the Psychometric exam in Hebrew. This test is one of the admission requirements for studies at leading Israeli universities and colleges.
- For pre-academic program students, this course is already part of the program.
- The course in Jerusalem and Be’er Sheva is free of charge only for new immigrant students entitled to administration assistance, except for independent-registration courses in Tel Aviv and Haifa, which cost NIS 75.