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Freshman Year Abroad - Academic Gap Year

12 months
12000 USD/year
12000 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Freshman Year Abroad - Academic Gap Year students at Tel Aviv University are integrated with the rest of the year-long study abroad programs for coursework and activities, but receive extra support from our experienced program staff.


Learning outcomes

If you are not yet a bachelor student, but can’t wait to come to Tel Aviv, join us for your first year of college in TAU International!

During your Freshman Year Abroad - Academic Gap Year  time at Tel Aviv University with us you will be able to experience all of Israel with fellow study abroad students during three exciting trips:

  • Northern Israel: visit Karmiel, on the northern edge of the beautiful Galilee; Kiryat Shmona, surrounded by beautiful green expanses; and the Kinneret, where you can melt in the hot springs.

  • Southern Israel: spend a few nights in Eilat. Sip sweet tea in historic Bedouin tents, let a camel take you on a tour, give a dolphin a high five, and float away in the Dead Sea.

  • Jerusalem day trip: explore history in the Western Wall Tunnel Tour, feast on great schwarma in the Old City, and put a personal note in the Western Wall.

When you’re not in class or traveling the country, take advantage of all Tel Aviv has to offer. Hop on a local bus across the street from the dorms and be downtown within minutes. Take a dip in the sprawling ocean, grab a cappuccino at a coffee shop, rent a bike and cruise to the magical Rothschild Boulevard, stop off at the shuk and pick up some locally grown fruits and vegetables, dance the night away at a nightclub, check out a local art exhibit, figure out which hummus place is your favorite – become a Tel Avivian!

You will be enjoying a fully furnished, modern student housing if you choose to live on campus, which includes a 24-hour security and supportive resident counselors called Madrichim (guides). A warm and inclusive community is formed within the dorms; students often hold potluck dinners, afternoon coffee breaks, late night discussions, and birthday gatherings.

TAU is known for its active student life, with an extensive offering of clubs and athletic associations to join and regular cultural events. Additionally, TAU International arranges events for international students regularly throughout the academic year.

Scholarships and Funding

TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial backgrounds. Several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external and internal scholarships. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs.

Programme Structure

Courses are available in:

  • Arts and Culture

  • Business

  • Engineering

  • Environmental Studies

  • History

  • International Relations

  • Jewish Studies

  • Law

  • Middle Eastern Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • …and more!

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students holding a high school/secondary school diploma are welcome to apply.
  • Each semester program is preceded by a mandatory intensive Hebrew course called an Ulpan, offering students at all levels of language proficiency the ability to substantially develop their Hebrew skills. Successful completion of the Ulpan earns students 4 or 6 academic credits (for the winter and summer programs, respectively).
  • Students with advanced proficiency in written and spoken Hebrew may request to be exempt from the Ulpan requirement through taking a Hebrew proficiency test. Please note that if you would like to take the proficiency test, you must indicate this at the time of your application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Tel Aviv Yaffo

4103 - 6890 ILS /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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