Academic Gap Year

Tel Aviv University

Program Description

Academic Gap Year

Tel Aviv University

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!

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.

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 spends 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 on 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.


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


The Academic Gap Year program is open to qualified high-school seniors.

Application deadline: April 30

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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.



Application Fee*




Language (Intensive Hebrew/Arabic)






* Application fee is non-refundable

** Prices are relevant for confirmations within the mentioned deadline. Prices for housing past the deadline might be higher

Tuition includes academic fees, access to campus libraries, academic trips throughout the year, health insurance, and membership in the Student Union.

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.

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
July 2019
1 year
11,500 USD
Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
Start date : July 2019
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July 2019
Israel - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District
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