A country that highly values education amongst its people
Israel is a country in the Middle East, situated at the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Despite Israel being a very small country, it contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State.
Israel benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most educated countries in the world with the one of the highest percentage of educated people holding a degree. The country has the highest standard of living in the Middle East, and the fifth highest in Asia, as well as one of the highest life expectancies in the world.
During its almost 70 years of independent existence, Israel has fast developed from a largely agrarian economy into one renowned for its high-tech design, innovation and entrepreneurship – gaining it the nickname ‘the start-up nation’, and its own version of the US Silicon Valley, the Silicon Wadi. Israel is especially known for its innovation in the high-tech sector, and is reportedly home to more high-tech start-ups than any country in the world, other than the US.
Education in Israel is highly valued as a part of its national culture. It is believed in Israel that education is one of the fundamental blocks of one’s life already since the ancient times. As a result, Israel provides its students with one of the best education systems in the world. It should be noted that Israeli education has been praised numerous times for various reasons by many different countries as well as some of the world’s most successful people, such as Bill Gates, saying that the high quality of education and the fact that it plays such a major role in Israel has caused massive economic development and a technological boom. As a result, Israel is ranked second among the OECD countries (tied with Japan and following Canada) for the percentage of 25–64 year olds holding a degree.
There is a huge misconception among international students that you must know Hebrew to go to Israel; however, that is not true, as most of the Israeli people know English. Another misconception is that Israeli people don’t welcome people of other religions than Jewish, however, that is also not true as Israeli people welcome people of other faith and even encourage people of different religions to come and see the Jewish religion and culture for themselves.
Even though most of the courses are taught in Hebrew, there are many degrees that are taught in English, and considering that Israel has only 8 universities, it basically means that a student there always has an opportunity to study in a leading university in English. If a student wants to study in Hebrew (meaning that there would be a wider variety of programs to choose from) a student will have a preparatory year, which will prepare the student for the upcoming studies.
The main strengths of Israeli education are in engineering and technology, medicine and life sciences, natural sciences as well as in arts and humanities. This means that in most of these fields of studies, an Israeli degree is acknowledged all over the world, especially in the USA. Another great thing for international students to know is that there are a lot of scholarship programs that provide a student with the money they need to cover the tuition fees, even though the fees are relatively small compared to other countries.
Top 3 reasons to study in Israel:
- Amazing possibilities for your free-time
- Relatively small tuition fees and many scholarships that help cover the costs
- People in Israel are some of the most educated in the world
- Two Israeli universities feature in the employability ranking 2016 of Emerging-Trendence: Hebrew University of Jerusalem (67th) and Tel Aviv University (139th).
Did you know this about Israel?
- Diplomas of Israeli universities are some of the most highly regarded worldwide.
- Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship in the world.
- Israel has published more books translated from another language than any other nation.