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Study in Israel

Choose to study in Israel, and you’ll find yourself at the heart of a diverse, dynamic and constantly developing culture.

During its 68 years of existence, Israel has fast developed into an economy one renowned for its high-tech development, innovation and entrepreneurship – gaining the nickname ‘the start-up nation’, with its own version of the US Silicon Valley, the Silicon Wadi.

Israel is especially known for innovation in the high-tech sector, and is reportedly home to more high-tech start-ups than any country other than the US – pretty impressive, considering its relatively small size and population. In recent years, Israel has also been touted as the world’s next major biotech hub.

As you’d expect with all this innovation and development going on, Israel has a strong selection of highly reputed universities – with strengths not just in science and technology subjects, but across the academic spectrum.

Fast Facts

  • Population: 8.5 million (official estimate, 2016)
  • Official languages: Hebrew and Arabic. English is also widely spoken.
  • Currency: New Israeli shekel (NIS)
  • Largest city: Jerusalem, where the government is based
  • The world’s only state with a majority Jewish population
  • Created in 1948, as the result of a UN vote
  • Ongoing conflicts over land rights with Palestinians and neighboring Arab countries
  • Borders with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea
  • Ranked 17th in the world for innovation, in the UN World Intellectual Property Organization’s Global Innovation Report 2017
  • More venture capital per person than any other country
  • One of the world’s most educated countries; almost half (49%) of the adult population has attained tertiary education, compared to the OECD average of 34%.
  • Tel Aviv boasts one of the world’s largest gay pride parades, and the country has been named ‘gay capital of the Middle East’.
  • Voicemail technology was developed in Israel.
  • The Dead Sea’s surface and shore is the lowest elevation on earth, at 429 meters (1,407ft) below sea level.