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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 1,893 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Israel. 

Academic year: Mid-October – May

Major school holidays/breaks:  

Purim (March 1, 2018)

Passover (March 31-April 1, April 6-7, 2018)

Shavuot (May 20-21, 2018)

Rosh Hashana (September 10-11, 2018)

Yom Kippur (September 19, 2018)

Sukkot (September 24-25, 2018)

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah (October 1-2, 2018)

Hanukkah (December 3-10, 2018)

Major exam periods: December/January and May/June

Structure of the University System

  • Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 3 – 4 years 
  • The language of instruction in universities: Hebrew
  • Degrees offered: Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate
  • Notes/Comments/Special Circumstances: All 3-year BA degrees from Israel are equivalent to U.S. 4-year degrees and are accepted across the board at all graduate level departments in the U.S.