Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

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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
Established 1994
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 הרצליהHaMerkaz HaBein Tkhumi Herzliya; abbreviated IDC Herzliya) is a private, not-for-profit, and nonsectarian, research college in Israel founded in 1994 by Uriel Reichman.[1] It is located at Herzliya, in the Tel Aviv District and is classified as an independent non-budgeted academic institution.[2]

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

In 2014 the IDC Herzliya was ranked the most successful academic start-up institution in Israel and outside of the United States, ranking first in Israel and twenty one 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, the IDC Herzliya has been ranked first of 66 Israeli academic institutions in terms of student satisfaction for four consecutive years.[5] In addition, the IDC Herzliya has been the only academic institution in the world who 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.

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." [7] 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.[8]


Uriel Reichmann, 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.[9]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 & MA);
  • Government Program (BA & MA);
  • Organizational Behavior and Development (MA);
  • Communications Program (BA);
  • Psychology Program (BA & MA);
  • Exchange Programs
  • Computer Science (BA & MSc)

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:

Student life[edit]

Approximately one quarter of the students on campus hail from outside Israel. They 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.[10]

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”).


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

Efi Arazi School of Computer Science First degree program: B.A. in computer science;

Second degree program: M.Sc. in computer science

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
Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology First degree programs: B.A. in Psychology;

Second degree program: M.A. in Psychology

Tiomkin School of Economics B.A. in Economics
School of Sustainability
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

Programs' contents are equal to those of the same programs in other IDC schools, but the language of instruction is, instead, English.

A B.A. in Computer Science was offered previously, however the program was canceled.

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