”The opportunity to conduct research in my chosen field and learn from so many distinguished professors and speakers in the most incredible country in the world was life changing. Not only did I have the chance to experience Israel with a special group of individuals with whom I share many interests, but I also had my first foray into the world of academic research.” / Aliza Katz, New York / Summer Science Research Internships

Expand Your Horizons!

Bar-Ilan University (BIU) is ranked in the top 2% of all universities in the world with unparalleled academic advancements, and delivers programs that are among the world’s top 300, according to the Shanghai Ranking (including Political Science, Communications, Sociology and Economics).
Prize-winning professors and lecturers, internationallyrecognized for their research and achievements, educate students in interesting, top-quality, multidisciplinary degrees and degree courses (BA, MA, PhD and short-term programs) – all in English. The university prides itself on its pioneering research and significant advancement in all departments.

Study Abroad and Student Exchange programs (EU’s Erasmus+and more) are highly soughtafter by incoming and outgoing students who benefit from an enriching experience in a new culture within a new country – all while continuing to pursue their academic interests.
The student union ensures there is a vibrant social community on campus, and residential students experience a welcoming, allencompassing social environment in beautiful dormitory style living. In addition, BIU’s International School’s Student Services Center is dedicated to supporting international students’ needs and organizing engaging social activities.

According to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and Integration, BIU is the #1 choice for new immigrants (olim). The university, awarded Israel’s “Most Beautiful Campus” title by the Council for A Beautiful Israel, is also a university-of choice for international students.
One of the advantages of BIU’s International School’s programs is that international students are integrated into the university and are able to study with Israeli students. Programs are mixed and English-speaking students can take courses in Hebrew and vice versa.
The university is located in the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv, a short ride to all major hot spots in the center of the city, and one hour from Jerusalem.

Impact Beyond Excellence.

BIU offers international students the opportunity to experience Israel and university life through a diverse range of stimulating, thought-provoking summer programs. Students receive course credits from a top, world-ranked, accredited university, and benefit from all student and social activities on campus as well as weekly tours throughout the country. In addition, all programs combine theoretical with practical learning. Students receive an extremely hands-on, practical experience through workshops, simulations, laboratory work, visits to top high-tech Israeli companies and startups, and even the opportunity to join a dig at an excavation site.

Graduate Program in Nano Photonics

The Nano Photonics Summer Program focuses on Optical Super Resolved Imaging and Fluorescent Microscopy for outstanding graduate students – and it takes place in one of the most advanced departments of electrical engineering in Israel.
The field of super resolution relates to the effort of developing various approaches to exceed the limitations of existing imaging systems without changing its optics or its detection array and while allowing resolving finer spatial details.
The aim of the program is to teach a large variety of super-resolving approaches presenting significant improvement in spatial-resolving capabilities in the transversal as well as in the axial (extension in depth of focus) dimensions.
The proposed approaches to be taught involve time multiplexing, space multiplexing, wavelength multiplexing, geometric super resolving concepts and others. The teaching of the super-resolved\ concepts will include approaches relevant for remote sensing as well as approaches for near field imaging dealing also with fluorescence nanoscopy – PALM, STORM, STED and structured illumination microscope.


4 weeks

July 13 – August 6, 2020

US $3,000

Identity-Based Conflict Resolution

Bar Ilan University is home to many leading scholars and practitioners in the field of conflict resolution, many of whom participate in the interdisciplinary IdentityBased Conflict Resolution Summer Program.
Students, who come from all walks of Jewish, Muslim and Christian society as well as all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, learn theoretical insights and practical training that have a wide range of professional relevance.
This program offers four graduate level courses that focus on relevant identitybased conflicts and how to creatively engage them.
Courses can also be taken individually.


4 weeks

July 13 – August 6, 2020

US $3,000

Arabic Culture and Language

The Arabic Culture and Language Summer Program is an enriching opportunity to learn spoken Arabic and find out about Israeli Arab customs and culture.
During the program, students will experience local customs, culture and culinary delights through direct interaction with Arab hosts in their homes.
Enrichment lectures on Islam, history of the Middle East, the history of the Land of Israel, and more are included in the program.


3 weeks

July 6 – July 23, 2020

US $2,200

International Business

Israel is a global cluster of innovation and entrepreneurships. The country produces more startups per-capita than China, India, Canada, Japan and the UK, and attracts twice as much venture-capital investment as the US and 30 times more than Europe.
Join our MBA students for an intensive summer semester at BIU’s Graduate School of Business. Study Business with students from all over the world and make lifetime connection.
This program provides real-world experience, entrepreneurial know-how, professional guidance, enrichment workshops and field trips to startups, all designed to help students succeed in today’s business world.


4 weeks

July 6 – July 30, 2020

US $2,650

Biblical Archaeology and History in the Land of Israel

The Biblical Archaeology and History in the Land of Israel Summer Program, offered by the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department, will provide knowledge and tools to build a broad, multidisciplinary view of the history, culture and politics of ancient Israel from various perspectives. These will also serve as a platform for raising issues on contemporary Israel.
The program consists of three weeks of lectures and field trips with leading researchers, plus a week of active participation in an archaeological excavation. Students will stay at the site for the duration of the excavation and in BIU dorms for the rest of the program.
This program is also open to high school students.


4 weeks

July 12 – August 7, 2020

US $2,300

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah: Biblical Archaeology
“Biblical Archaeology” is an introductory course in Biblical archaeology during the Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 BCE), offered by the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department. Cutting-edge, interdisciplinary archaeological research will be used to explore the field of archaeology, the history of this era, and it’s “players” (e.g., Israel, Judah, Philistine, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Aram, Moab, Edom, ancient Egypt, etc.).
Special focus is given to the complex relationship between archaeology, history and the Bible, and how modern research interfaces between these different, and at times conflicting, sources, in particular, how archaeology can be used to understand biblical text and vice versa.
Bar-Ilan students can take this course for academic credit. However, it is also available for those who wish to learn for fun (free) or for an official EDX certificate ($49). Visit our website to find out more.


3 weeks

> Oct 18, 2020

Cost (for an official EDX certificate)
US $49

Summer Science Research Internships

The Summer Science Research Internship program for Yeshiva University (YU) Students at Bar-Ilan University enables a select group of Orthodox North American college students to do advanced scientific research in state-of-the-art research laboratories while developing and strengthening their connection to Israel.
The program includes hands-on research in laboratories ranging from Brain Science and Engineering to Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. It is supplemented by field trips to R&D facilities throughout Israel, weekly lunch lectures by distinguished scientists, evening shiurim by distinguished rabbis, and Shabbat programs.
Bar-Ilan University in cooperation with YU coordinates the program, but it is open to all. Housing is provided at the YU-Gruss building in Bayit VaGan, Jerusalem. There is daily transportation provided to and from the university. Enjoy the combination of Torah u’Madda (science) in a religious, Zionist environment.
This program is sponsored by Drs. Mordecai and Monique Katz, American Friends of BIU, and YU.


Students will need to go through a selection process
in order to be accepted into the program.
For further details visit our website: www1.biu.ac.il/BIU-YU
Or contact Dr. Gordon at arlene.gordon@biu.ac.il

Student Services Center

The Bar-Ilan University International School’s Student Services Center provides full support to international students, and serves as a one-stop “home-away-from-home” address to care for students’ needs during their summer program.

The Center offers assistance in a variety of areas, which include handling of entry visas, registering for dormitories, scheduling of courses, guidance with health insurance and local transportation options. In addition, field trips and social activities are organized by the Center for all students.

General Information

The cost of each program varies, but all costs include classes, learning materials, tours in Israel, accommodation, lunch and dinner on campus, and more.

Scholarships and financial aid are available for certain programs.

Health insurance and visa information are available on the BIU website. Both will need to be sorted out before arrival in Israel.

A unique scholarship from the Israeli Council of Higher Education is available for students from China or India, who have excelled in their studies, in two of the programs – Nano Photonics and Identity-Based Conflict Resolution. Visit BIU’s website for more information.

BIU gives students the opportunity
to enjoy an extensive academic experience in a vibrant social and cultural environment.

“I quickly found amazing friends from all over the world, and Bar-Ilan became my second home… I felt myself growing and learning every day. It was just the right amount of challenge and fun.” / Anne Marie, Poland / “It has been a very nice and interesting experience coming here to study and live in Israel. BIU makes me feel very welcomed. I am so glad that I have chosen to come here and have these international and mixed-culture experiences.” / Helen Qin, China

International School
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan Israel ● 5290002