The last decades have witnessed unprecedented population and urbanization growth with the implication that today, for the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. The consequences of this urbanization trend along with the notion of smart cities are the settings of this program.
Set in the “World’s Smartest City,” the program aims to introduce students to rapidly developing ICT (information communication technologies), and how it opens new possibilities and opportunities to solve some chronic urban problems as well as handle some newly recognized environmental and social problems.
The focus of the program will be on traffic congestion, urban sustainability, resilience, governance and urban planning all while discussing the most prominent issues associated with smart cities such as ethics, transportation, governance, urban planning and design, sustainability and resilience. The course will take place inside and outside of the classroom and will include visits to Tel Aviv Municipality’s facilities as well as meetings with city officials that deal with Smart City solutions. The program is in collaboration with "City Center" – TAU’s Research center for Cities and Urbanism. The program is open to graduate students and students at the last year of their undergraduate degree.
In addition to coursework, TAU International offers social activities and trips around the country, such as to the North, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem, are conducted by our Madrichim. Precise dates for these will be announced closer to the program start date.
The Smart Cities program is open to graduate students and students at the last year of their undergraduate degree. The course is open to accomplished students enrolled at accredited higher education institutions outside of Israel. Generally, a minimum GPA of 80 on a scale of 100, 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or equivalent applies.
Required Application Documents
A complete application consists of a submission of all of the required documents in an attachment to the online application.
- Online Application Form
- Application Fee $60
- Official transcripts (originals) from all higher education institutions attended, including a copy of any diplomas received. All transcripts should be in English (or translated by a notary).
- Two academic recommendation letters
- Please submit a short (150 words) essay about why you wish to study on the particular program you chose.
- Demonstrated Command of English: All applicants must prove their English-language proficiency validated through a TOEFL or IELTS exam. Exams must be taken before the application deadline, and official scores must be sent directly to the TAU International office by the testing agency. TAU International's ETS code is 7704. TOEFL test (minimum score: written 582, computer-based 223, or iBT 89) IELTS test (minimum score: 6.5). Exception: Students whose primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. are exempt from this requirement. Note that students who were born in one of these countries but were educated elsewhere will still be required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement to complete their application.
Required Pre-Departure Forms
- A copy of valid passport
- A passport photo
- Medical Form
- Letter of Agreement
- Security Deposit Form
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Last updated January 11, 2018