Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv, Israel
Website: Founded: 1956 year Type of University:Public 191 place StudyQA ranking: 1683 pts. No. Students: 30000 Frgn. Students: 14000 No. Staff: 1000 Languages: Yiddish Phone: +97236408118 Fax: +97236409582
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About Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University (TAU) - Israel's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning - is home to over 30,000 students studying in nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and the arts. 

Situated in Israel's cultural, financial and technological capital, TAU shares Tel Aviv's unshakable spirit of openness and innovation – and boasts a campus life as dynamic and pluralistic as the metropolis itself. Tel Aviv the city and Tel Aviv the university are one and the same – a thriving Mediterranean center of diversity and discovery.

Consistently ranked in the top 20 in the world in terms of scientific citations and among the top 100 universities internationally, Tel Aviv University is also Israel's first choice for students, and its graduates are the most sought after by Israeli companies. Global in outlook and impact, TAU advances teaching and research that break down the walls between disciplines, striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges through bold, interdisciplinary solutions.

  • Faculty of the Arts

    In 1972 David Katz and his wife Yolanda donated a donation to the founding of the Arts Faculty in Tel Aviv University, and the Faculty bears their names: The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts.

  • Faculty of Engineering

    The Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University was established in 1971. The Faculty trains the students in the fields of technology in general and particularly in high-tech, in order to participate in the economy and industry of Israel.

    It provides them with the tools for professional receptiveness and flexibility. The undergraduates receive comprehensive and basic training in the foundation of modern engineering in general and in particular the special needs of Israel. The graduate studies in the faculty focus on expanding the knowledge of the B.Sc. and enables the students to specialize in areas of applied and basic research.

  • Faculty of Exact Sciences

    Our Faculty includes the mathematical sciences. The Faculty is renowned worldwide for its high-caliber scientific cadre and for the outstanding research that takes place under its auspices; it is also known around the world for the quality of its teaching and its comprehensive and varied study programs.

    Academic study in the Faculty is exceedingly challenging, which makes it a distinct honor to be among its graduates.

  • Faculty of Humanities

    The information revolution is redefining knowledge and traditional views of education. To keep abreast of the meteoric developments, both students and scholars must be given the resources to explore material of constantly increasing complexity. At the same time, institutions of higher learning must have the scope and flexibility to accommodate the many students for whom the Bachelor's degree will be the only higher education they seek, and those for whom it is merely the gateway to advanced degrees and specialized training.
    The Faculty of Humanities is ideally situated to meet these challenges. With an infrastructure that brings History, Jewish Studies and Cultural Studies under one roof, a distinguished faculty with a commitment to excellence in scholarship, and an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, students at all levels are offered the pluralistic education essential to keeping them in the mainstream. Those seeking a general education have the choice of a broad range of courses and curricula, and those aspiring to a professional or academic career are offered advanced degrees fashioned from a variety of disciplines taught by outstanding teachers.

  • Faculty of Law

    TAU Law, the oldest law school in Israel, tracing its roots to the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics established in 1935. Our law school is home to more than 40 full-time faculty members and over 25 renowned visiting professors who are internationally recognized for their areas of expertise. These are complemented by dozens of adjunct lecturers that teach a broad range of academic disciplines and legal fields. Approximately 1,600 students from Israel and from more than 20 countries worldwide attend the Faculty annually. 

    The curriculum at TAU Law includes a vast array of courses and seminars that are aimed at enhancing students' ability to address local and global legal and social issues. Approximately 45 of the offered courses are taught in English. TAU Law also provides a wide range of opportunities for theoretical research and practical legal experience as it strives to create a stimulating learning environment for its students and scholars. Among these are the Faculty's unique legal workshops, which introduces students to cutting-edge research by leading scholars from Israel and abroad, and which allows them to review and contribute to yet-unpublished legal scholarship. Our LL.B. students also have the opportunity to take part in one of the Faculty’s many legal clinics and public interest programs, providing them with meaningful practical skills and experiences, while giving back to the community.

  • Faculty of Life Sciences

    The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences is the oldest faculty at Tel Aviv University.  Previously, it was known as the University Institute of Natural Sciences and focused on traditional biological disciplines such as botany and zoology. Today, new scientific developments and technologies have not only changed these disciplines but created new ones such as nanotechnology and bioinformatics. The Faculty now houses 90+ research labs across a wide range of biological disciplines.  We offer English-language MSc and PhD degrees in our six departments, as well as opportunities for post-doctoral research.

  • School of Management

    The only internationally accredited business school in Israel (AACSB), Tel Aviv University's School of Management is intricately connected to Tel Aviv's startup scene and Israel's economy.  The School boasts over 21,000 alumni in top positions throughout the country and hosts over 2000 executives and professionals annually in our tailored executive development programs.  In 2014 the School was awarded Eduniversal's coveted "5 Palmes of Excellence" award as well the 11th spot globally for the Top 50 MBA programs for VC-Backed Entrepreneurs by PitchBook, an independent and impartial private equity and venture capital research firm. 

    The School offers 8 master-level programs including the Sofaer International MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Kellogg-Recanati Executive International MBA and the Hebrew MBA in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology.  The School of Management is also the only Israeli member of PIM, a prestigious exchange network includes such members as: The University of Chicago Booth, ESSEC Business School (Paris), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and NUS Business School (Singapore).

  • Faculty of Medicine

    The Sackler Faculty of Medicine is Israel’s largest medical research and training complex. It was founded in 1964 following the generous contributions of renowned U.S. doctors and philanthropists Raymond, and the late Mortimer and Arthur Sackler. The Faculty of Medicine engages in joint teaching and research programs with nearly every faculty at Tel Aviv University and multi-nationally with schools, hospitals and research centers throughout the world. Physicians in 181 Sacker-affiliated departments and institutes in 17 hospitals hold academic appointments at Tel Aviv University. The Gitter-Smolarz Life Sciences and Medicine Library serves students and staff and is the center of a consortium of 15 hospital libraries.

    The Sackler faculty is known for research in the following areas: cancer biology, stem cells, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases and genetic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV/AIDS. Research conducted at Sackler is multidisciplinary, as scientists and clinicians combine efforts in basic and translational research. Research is conducted in the laboratories on the TAU campus, and in the clinical facilities affiliated with the Faculty. This network of preclinical and clinical teams helps realize the ultimate goals of the research: the basic understanding of human pathophysiology and the improvement of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

  • Faculty of Social Science

    The Social Sciences study the collective aspects of the human experience as revealed in culture and the many forms of social organization. Since its foundation in 1964 the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University has set its goal to further our understanding of social forms in general and of Israeli society in particular. Located in Israel's largest metropolitan area - its business and cultural center - the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University offers a diverse and vibrant research and learning environment.

    Comprising over 20 percent of Tel Aviv University's student enrollment the Faculty of Social Science is the most heterogeneous; with links to such diverse areas as neurosciences (cognitive and biopsychology), mathematics (economic theory), cultural studies (anthropology), and philosophy (political thought). Under the broad umbrella of social sciences scholars at Tel Aviv University study such varied topics as comparative political institutions; international relations; immigration and social rights; risk and decision making; markets and contracts; the effect of electronic media and its regulation; sustainable growth; work and organizations; stress and its regulation; perception and memory.

History of Tel Aviv University

TAU's origins date back to 1956, when three research institutes – the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics (established in 1935), the Institute of Natural Sciences (established in 1931), and the Institute of Jewish Studies – joined together to form Tel Aviv University. Initially operated by the Tel Aviv municipality, the university was granted autonomy in 1963.The Ramat Aviv campus, covering an area of 170-acre (0.69 km2), was established that same year.

Tel Aviv University is now Israel's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, with over 30,000 students studying across nine faculties, 29 schools and 98 departments. TAU's rise as a world-renowned university in a mere fifty years demonstrates the power of vision and dedication.

All material and photographs for this article were provided by courtesy of the Archive for the History of Tel Aviv University, headed by Benny Haspel, under the supervision of Prof. Zvi Yavetz. Statistics were kindly provided by Edi Keren, Head of the University Registration Unit.


Tel Aviv University is accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education. In the United States, Tel Aviv University participates with the Department of Education’s FFEL Program.

Tel Aviv University: World Rankings

  • TAU ranks 18th in the world, and 1st in Israel, for citation impact per faculty member in the 2013 QS rankings. According to "US World News Report," citations per faculty are the best understood and most widely accepted measure of research strength and faculty productivity at a university.
  • TAU also leads Israel and ranks 29th in the world among universities, for the number of patents filed, according to the 2013 WIPO report, which gives statistics for the year 2012. No other Israeli academic institutions made the cut of the world's 40 universities with the most patent output.
  • TAU is 75th place in the world, and first in Israel, in the number of research publications according to the 2013 Leiden Ranking, another objective measure of research strength and standing.
  • TAU ranks 16th among the world's top 100 universities for producing millionaires, according to data research company WealthInsight and business magazine Spear's.
  • Top 100 universities (2012 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings)
  • 116th in the world (2013 NTU)
  • Top 101-150 universities (2013 Shanghai)
  •  199th place and second in Israel (2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings).
  • 86th in the world (CWUR 2014 Ranking)
  • 11th in the world in Bioinformatics and 12th in Algorithms (Microsoft Academic Research)
  •  50 for Computer Science and Mathematics, and among top 100 for Exact Sciences, Engineering and Social Sciences (various rankings) Among top 

Tel Aviv University: Israel Rankings

  • 1st place in patents among academic institutions (and 29th in the world)
  • 1st place in the number of scientific publications
  • 1st place (and 18th in the world) in citation impact
  • 1st choice for students from among Israel’s 69 universities and colleges
  • 1st choice of graduates for Israeli employers

Student life at Tel Aviv University

Situated in the heart of Israel’s coastal region, Tel Aviv University resides on a spacious 220 acre campus. Located in suburban Ramat Aviv, just north of the city, the University is minutes away from downtown Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv University’s proximity to the cultural and commercial capital of Israel allows students to absorb the best of Israeli society.

TAU aims to make its campus a central venue not only for rigorous academic research, but also a wide range of exciting cultural and social events. Music concerts, film screenings, art exhibitions, poetry readings, and many other activities are held on campus. These are open to TAU students, staff, and often the general public.

The dynamic and ever-changing program of cultural and social events reflects the interests of the TAU community, and some highlights are outlined below.

As Thursday is the last day of the Israeli working week, TAU encourages students and staff to kick off their weekend with a host of exciting events: gallery exhibits, film screenings, musical performances, and lectures on a variety of academic fields. Young artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work and the public is invited to share in these activities, which take place from early afternoon until late evening. 

Every two years The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, the largest student film festival in the world, takes place in Tel Aviv, organized from start to finish by TAU students and staff. Renowned actors, directors, and cinematographers deliver lectures and master classes as part of the festival. Hundreds of student films from all over the world are screened for festival goers.

TAU encourages students to take part in performances and creative events during their studies. The Department of Theater Arts and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music put on performances jointly and separately, allowing students to demonstrate their creativity and hard work throughout the year. These achievements are enjoyed by the TAU community and the general public.

Every Wednesday, the largest outdoor venue on campus (the lawn in front of the Gilman building) comes alive with the sound of rock music! No need to buy tickets – students and staff can enjoy performances by Israel's leading young artists for free! Lunch al fresco on the grass is particularly recommended.

Student Services

  • Orientation session before the start of each program 
  • Student mentor program that matches each international student with an Israeli “buddy”
  • Social activities including on-campus events, museum visits, city tours, and more
  • On-campus housing available
  • World-class research facilities including extensive central and departmental libraries
  • On-campus Israeli student counselors – Madrichim – providing support and guidance for international students 24/7
  • Medical insurance
  • Organized group flights from NYC for students coming from the US

Why Tel Aviv University?

  1. TAU is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities and is the largest university in Israel
  2. International programs with students coming from over 80 countries 
  3. Study entirely in English with renowned academics and experienced professionals in specialized fields
  4. Comprehensive student support and extracurricular programs
  5. Classwork enriched by real-world experience
  6. Live by the seaside of Tel Aviv, the capital of innovation and culture: Nominated as the smartest city in the world
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