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Coordinates: 32°10′35.67″N 34°50′08.25″E / 32.1765750°N 34.8356250°E / 32.1765750; 34.8356250

Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
IDC logo White.svg
Motto Freedom and responsibility
Type Private college
Established 1994
President Uriel Reichman
Academic staff
Students 8,000
Undergraduates 6,500
Postgraduates 1,500
Location Herzliya, Israel
Campus Urban
Colors Navy, Gold, and White

The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Hebrew: המרכז הבינתחומי הרצליהHa-Merkaz ha-Bentehumi Hertseliyya; abbreviated IDC Herzliya) is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian research college in Herzliya, Israel. It was founded in 1994 by Uriel Reichman.[1] It is located in Herzliya, in the Tel Aviv District, and is classified as an independent non-budgeted academic institution.[2] It grants undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, but not doctorates.

IDC Herzliya has 8,000 students enrolled for undergraduate and graduate degrees, including 2,000 international students from 86 countries around the world.

In 2014 IDC Herzliya was ranked the most successful academic start-up institution in Israel and outside of the United States, ranking first in Israel and 21 in the world.[3] In the same year IDC law graduates achieved the highest passing rate at the national bar examination of all Israeli academic institutions.[4] Moreover, IDC Herzliya ranked first of 66 Israeli academic institutions in terms of student satisfaction for four consecutive years.[5] In addition, IDC Herzliya has been the only academic institution in the world that has won the international Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law competition, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in consecutive years, winning it twice, in 2010 and 2011.[6]


The Sammy Ofer School of Communications at IDC Herzliya
The Radzyner Law School at IDC Herzliya

The campus is located in Herzliya, six miles north of Tel Aviv, on the grounds of a former Israeli Air Force base that served as the first fighter base during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and then as the main Anti-aircraft warfare school until 1992.[7]

The first class at IDC Herzliya consisted of 360 students. Over the years, leading professors from Israel and the US have joined the faculty, additional schools have been opened and the student body has grown to 6,500. IDC Herzliya was founded on the belief that an independent nonprofit college unfettered by bureaucracy and an external agenda could make a significant contribution to Israeli society and its future leadership. IDC offers innovative interdisciplinary degree programs that employ advanced information technology while providing a solid understanding of the region and its geopolitical relevance in the world.

The IDC Herzliya motto is “Liberty and Responsibility." [8] The school logo is based on the flag that Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, proposed for the Jewish state.

In 2012, Israel Chemicals helped to found the School of Sustainability, which will focus on environmentally conscious business development and entrepreneurship. Graduates will be awarded a BA in sustainability studies.[9]


Uriel Reichman, president and founder of IDC Herzliya, holds a JSD from the University of Chicago and is the former dean of the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University. Rafi Melnick is the provost.[10]Amnon Rubinstein, chairperson of the Appointments Committee, is a former Israeli minister of education. Aharon Barak, president emeritus of the Israeli Supreme Court, is a member of the Higher Academic Committee and a lecturer at the Radzyner School of Law at IDC.


IDC Herzliya offers degrees in law, business, government, computer science, communications, economics and psychology. IDC Herzliya’s interdisciplinary programs equip students with in-depth knowledge in their areas of study and the ability to work effectively across disciplines.

IDC Herzliya consists of the Radzyner Law School, Arison School of Business, Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, Tiomkin School of Economics, School of Sustainability Founded by Israel Corp., ICL & ORL, and the Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS).

Raphael Recanati International School[edit]

The Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS) offers programs in English for overseas students. International students learn side by side with Israelis and are involved in all aspects of campus life. The Raphael Recanati International School has grown significantly and now makes up one-fourth of the student body at IDC Herzliya.

Programs offered by RRIS:

  • Business Administration Program (BA & Global MBA);
  • Business Administration and Economics (BA double major);
  • Government Program (BA & MA);
  • Government and Sustainability (BA double major);
  • Communications Program (BA);
  • Psychology (BA);
  • Social Psychology (MA);
  • Organizational Behavior and Development (MA);
  • Computer Science (BSc);
  • Financial Economics (MA);
  • Exchange Programs

Special Programs[edit]

IDC Herzliya offers a variety of leadership programs:

  • Zell Entrepreneurship Program
  • Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy
  • Rabin Leadership Program
  • OFEK Forum for Involvement in Security and Social Issues
  • Honors Track in Decision Making and Strategy
  • Nevzlin Center for Jewish Peoplehood Studies
  • The Israel at Heart Program


IDC Herzliya is home to 23 research institutes and centers:

  • Advanced Reality Lab
  • Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy
  • Center for European Studies
  • Center for Internet Psychology (CIP)
  • Deepness Lab
  • Entrepreneurship Center
  • Fact Center
  • Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute
  • Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA)
  • IDC Elevator
  • IDC Institute for LD and ADHD
  • IDC Social Cognition and Psychophysiology Laboratory
  • Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)
  • Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS)
  • Maytiv Center
  • Media Innovation Lab (miLAB)
  • Nevzlin Center for Jewish Peoplehood Studies
  • POPDM – Political Psychology and Decision Making
  • Program in Applied Decision Analysis (PADA)
  • Project for New Governance in Israel
  • Program in Political Psychology
  • Rothschild Caesarea Center for Capital Markets and Risk Management
  • The Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies
  • Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute
  • Unit for Applied Neuroscience

Student life[edit]

Radzyner Law School at IDC

Approximately one quarter of the students on campus hail from outside Israel.[11] IDC Herzliya students come from 83 countries to study at the Raphael Recanati International School. IDC Herzliya students initiate, lead and participate in dozens of activities on behalf of the community, including legal aid clinics to help those of limited financial means; programs to mentor and tutor elementary-school pupils; activities for at-risk youth; the ensemble project in which students teach classical music in an underprivileged neighborhood in the city; and dozens of other volunteer initiatives that students launched on behalf of the weaker sectors of the community. Students are also active in a variety of clubs and performing arts groups.

In 2009, Alpha Epsilon Pi, an international Jewish fraternity, opened a branch at IDC, the first college fraternity in Israel.[12]

Debate club[edit]

The Debate Club of the IDC Herzliya is a framework designed to provide the qualifications necessary in the field of speech and rhetoric. In 2012, the debate team of the Raphael Recanati international school won second place in the European championships in Belgrade. It was the only team from Israel to reach the final (in the category of “English as a second language”).

IDC Entrepreneurship Club[edit]

Adelson School of Enterpreneurship on the IDC campus

The IDC Entrepreneurship Club (IEC) is a student-run platform for creating and encouraging entrepreneurship among IDC Herzliya students and nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship on campus. The club strives to provide each student with practical tools and knowledge in various fields of entrepreneurship. The club also facilitates networking with other entrepreneurial students and with frontrunners in the fields of technology and business.[13]

The IEC is host to ten entrepreneurship programs:

  • Momentum - The IEC's venture acceleration and mentorship program
  • Startup Class - A business entrepreneurship program
  • Artemis - A program to empower and encourage Female Entrepreneurship
  • SheCodes (IDC Chapter) - A program for encouraging and teaching women how to code and develop technological ventures
  • Business Makeover - A consulting program for small businesses in Herzliya
  • GreenBiz - A program for sustainable entrepreneurship & clean tech
  • AppGrading Society - A six-week social tech competition, for providing technological solutions for the elderly
  • SEE IEC - A social entrepreneurship empowerment program
  • Skillset - Technological workshops and advanced tech tools for entrepreneurs
  • Workshops - A practical business & managing tools workshop program

The IEC also hosts a number of events every year. Some of the events include:

  • HackIDC
  • Global Game Jam
  • Pitch Night
  • Inspiration Day


In 2012, IDC Herzliya won first place for women’s basketball, first place for men’s beach volleyball, first place men and women’s windsurf and second place for debate.


School Name Programs of Study Notes
Radzyner School of Law First degree program: LL.B. plus B.A. in business administration or in government;

Second degree program: LL.M.

First degree program is combined – all students must study to simultaneously earn two different degrees (LL.B. plus B.A.)
Arison School of Business First degree program: B.A. in business administration or in business administration and economics;

Second degree program: M.B.A. in business administration and economics

The B.A program in Business administration offers three major areas of specialization: Finance, Marketing and Internet.[14]
Efi Arazi School of Computer Science First degree program: B.A. in computer science;

Second degree program: M.Sc. in computer science

In this specific B.A program there are no majors or minors specialization programs. However, elective courses are possible to be taken by the program's students and those elective courses are designed specially for Computer Science topics.[15]
Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy First degree program: B.A. in government;

Second degree program: M.A. in government

A Master's program in government has recently been introduced. The program will be launched in October 2008.
Sammy Ofer School of Communications B.A. in communications This program offers its students to choose between three major specializations which are Marketing, Visual Content and Interactive Communications. Students are able also to choose a minor program in entrpreneurship, business administration or government in addition to their degree.[16]
Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology First degree programs: B.A. in Psychology;

Second degree program: M.A. in Psychology

Possible complementary domains: business administration, government, communications or social thought.[17]
Tiomkin School of Economics B.A. in Economics Different versions of this program are offered: First option is a double major in Economics with another equal major in Accounting, Business Administration or Sustainability. Second option is to choose a minor studies division in Network Science, Computer Science, Public Administration, Business Administration or Psychology.[18]
School of Sustainability B.A in Sustainabilityoisffered onby the IDC ly together with another main B.A subject as Government or Economics.s
Raphael Recanati International School B.A. in business administration;Second degree program: MBA in business administration; M.A. in Organizational Behavior and Development

B.A. in government;M.A. in government

B.A. in communications

B.A. in Psychology

B.Sc. in Computer Science

Programs' contents are equal to those of the same programs in other IDC schools, but the language of instruction is, instead, English.
Adelson School of Entrepreneurship Full degree is not offered at the moment but special academic programs are available for relevant applicants. To name a few: IDC Beyond,[19] Zell,[20] CO-OP Startup Experience [21] and more...

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reichman leaves Kadima and politics; 'Olmert broke promise Sharon made'
  2. ^ Council for Higher Education
  3. ^ FounderDating The Most Entrepreneurial Schools
  4. ^ IDC Radzyner Law School Graduates Ranked 1st According to Percentage of Passing the Written Bar Exam of the Israel Bar Association
  5. ^ IDC Herzliya #1 in student satisfaction for the 4th consecutive year
  6. ^ IDC Herzliya winning the Jean-Pictet IHL competition in 2010 and 2011
  7. ^ Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center: The base that made history, Walla!, 2003-05-08 Archived 2017-03-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ IDC Student Day to focus on social responsibility
  9. ^ New sustainability school at Israeli University to be funded by major polluting firms, Haaretz
  10. ^ Rafi Melnick profile
  11. ^ Article at Jerusalem Post 10 April 2016 accessed 30 January 2017
  12. ^ Country's first college fraternity opens. IDC Herzliya holding initiation ceremony today
  13. ^ "IDC Entrepreneurship Club | Official Website for the IDC Entrepreneurship Club". Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  14. ^ "Business School in Israel: Undergraduate Programs– IDC Herzliya". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  15. ^ "Courses". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  16. ^ "B.A. in Communications - RRIS - IDC Herzliya". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  17. ^ "BA in Psychology - IDC Herzliya". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  18. ^ "BA Program". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  19. ^ "IDC Beyond". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  20. ^ "Zell Entrepreneurship Program". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  21. ^ "CO-OP Startup Experience Course". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  22. ^ "(Hebrew video), 2:50". Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  23. ^ "(Hebrew article)". Retrieved September 19, 2011. 

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