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Freshman Year Abroad - Academic Gap Year, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #151 (ARWU) Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel
Academic Gap Year students 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.
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Overview

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 time 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

After completing your Ulpan, the semester or year begins! Students take a full schedule of courses taught in English from our rich and diverse course schedule. A final updated course schedule is posted prior to the beginning of each semester.

Courses are available in:

  • Arts and Culture

  • Business

  • Engineering

  • Environmental Studies

  • History

  • International Relations

  • Jewish Studies

  • Law

  • Middle Eastern Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • …and more!

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    89

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    582

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

  • International

    11500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11500 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    11500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11500 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

$19,010 (includes housing, hebrew course, trips, activities, and health insurance)

Living costs for Tel Aviv

  • 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.

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.

The program is also supported by Masa Israel Journey (a joint project of the government of Israel and the Jewish agency for Israel), grants and scholarships are available for those who are eligible. 

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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