List of Israeli universities and colleges

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There are nine universities and several dozen colleges in Israel, which are recognized and academically supervised by the Council for Higher Education in Israel. In addition, Israel founded a university in Ariel in the West Bank, which is recognized and academically supervised by the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria. The quality of Israeli university education is very high, robust, and prestigious. As many course offerings are varied, Israeli universities are considered to be of top quality, and they are inexpensive to attend.[1] Israel's quality university education is largely responsible for spurring the country's high tech boom and rapid economic development.[1]

The primary difference between a university and a college in Israel is that only a university can confer doctorate degrees, and therefore tends to be more research-oriented than the more teaching-oriented colleges.


Israel's universities are listed below, followed by their English acronym (if commonly used), internet domain, establishment date, latest data about the number of students and the institute's academic rank of the top world universities, according to WebOMetrics[2] (top 3000), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)[3] (top 500) and The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES)[4] (top 200):

Institute Internet Domain Est. Date Students World Academic Rank (WebOMetrics, SJTU, THES)
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (IIT) 1912 13,000 (2005) 101–150, 102–150, 194
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) 1918 22,600 (2003) 131, 64, 77
Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) 1934 2,500 (2012) 346, 102–150, N/A
Bar-Ilan University (BIU) 1955 26,800 (2008) 570, 305–401, N/A
Tel Aviv University (TAU) 1956 29,000 (2005) 266, 102–150, 114
University of Haifa (HU) 1963 18,000 (2009) 510, 401–500, N/A
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) 1969 19,000 (2010) 448, 203–304, N/A
Open University of Israel (OPENU) 1974 39,000 (2005) 1893, N/A, N/A
Ariel University (AU) 1982 14,000 (2012) N/A, N/A, N/A

Most universities offer the full range of graduate and undergraduate degrees – bachelor's, master's and the doctorate. However, the Weizmann Institute does not offer the bachelor's degree, Ariel University and the Open University do not offer the doctorate.


ORT Braude College of Engineering

Other institutes of higher education that are accredited by CHEI to confer a bachelor's (and in some cases a master's) degree are known as colleges (Hebrew: מִכְלָלָה Mikhlala; pl. מכללות Mikhlalot). There are also over twenty teacher training colleges - most of which will award only the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.).

The Colleges are:[5]

The teacher training colleges include:[12]

Foreign university campuses[edit]

The following foreign universities maintain international branch campuses in Israel:

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