International Summer Program Admissions
The picture - In 2014, Bar-Ilan University President, Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, met with Pope Francis discussing inter-religions encounters in order to promote peace.
Applicants (Israeli and non-Israeli citizens) should hold or be entitled to an undergraduate/BA or graduate/Masters degree, or currently be enrolled in an undergraduate program (close to completion of their degree by the beginning of the Summer Program) or in a graduate program. Degrees and studies are acceptable from all the social sciences, the liberal arts or the humanities.
The basic admission requirement is at least an 80 average in the candidate's degree program to date. Recognizing that standards and grading systems vary from country to country, our Admissions Committee will examine each request on an individual basis.
Applicants should be proficient in English.
The tuition for one credit hour is $340 and thus each course (two credit) costs $680. Total tuition for the full program (8 credits, 4 courses) is $2,720. An 8% discounted tuition of $2,500 can be paid by those applying (complete application) for the full program by February 1. In addition there is a $50 application fee. 50% of tuition is to be paid within 30 days upon receipt of the acceptance letter to the summer program, the remaining 50% is to be paid by April 15, 2017.
The tuition covers only the courses, full day study tours and extracurricular activities. It does not cover other expenses, such as health insurance , living costs, housing and flights. See below various available scholarships.
Applicants can register for any number of courses for academic credit. Those who attend the entire 4 course program receive a certificate of participation. Students will receive a university issued transcript listing courses and grades upon completion of course requirements.
Registration for the 2017 Summer Program is now open and is on a rolling basis. Early registration is recommended to guarantee a place in the program (space is limited), to obtain a visa (where necessary), to secure places in a more affordable housing (e.g., the Givat Shmuel Yeshiva) or to obtain the above 8% tuition discount. The registration closes on April 15th, 2017.
Required documents - Applicants should submit the following documents:
1. A completed online application form, including the names and contact information of two academics/professionals who can be asked for letters of recommendation (English only; if you encounter difficulties with the form, try using Google Chrome browser).
2. A letter explaining their interest in the Program (English/Hebrew).
3. Copies of BA/undergraduate or Masters/graduate diplomas, or transcripts for current undergraduate students who are close to completion of their studies by the beginning of the Summer Program (English/Hebrew, if in another language please add a translation into English).
4. CV or resume (English/Hebrew).
5. Copy of Israeli ID (Teudat Zehut) or of the first page of passport (for non-Israelis).
Only complete applications will be considered. Please send all the application documents by one email (preferred method) to summer.CRidentity@biu.ac.il.
The application can also be sent by regular post to: International Summer Program; The Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Program; Room 308, Katz (604) Building; Bar-Ilan University; Ramat Gan 5290002; Israel.
There are various types of available scholarships:
Israeli national Council for Higher Education special grant for Chinese and Indian students – This grant (with an additional support from Bar-Ilan University), designated for (at least BA/undergraduate) advanced students from China and India, from all fields of study, covers full tuition for the program and housing near Bar-Ilan university's campus.
Need-based Scholarship - The summer program has a Scholarship Committee which will consider a limited number of partial scholarships based on need. Only applicants for the full program (five courses) can apply for a scholarship. To apply please include in your application a request which explains the need for a scholarship (where applicable, please provide supporting documents) as well as at least one recommendation letter. Scholarship applications will only be considered by the committee after receipt of complete registration forms.
University of Oklahoma at Norman Scholarships – Students of that university can apply for scholarships for participating in the BIU summer program through the Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at the university.
Your own sources - You are encouraged to inquire about scholarships from your end (such as your host university, professional associations, organizations, your city and country as well as international foundations).
Visa - Before applying, please determine whether you need a visa to enter Israel, in order to calculate the timing of submitting your application. Many nationalities do not need a visa to enter Israel, but if you do need a visa, it is advisable to apply early. If you encounter delays or problems in obtaining a visa, please contact us.
Flight ticket – We recommend purchasing a flight ticket to Israel only after accepting a final notice of acceptance to the Program and a notification that the program will operate.
Letters of recommendation – It is our policy to solicit letters of recommendation (when we find the need to do that) directly from the two academics/professionals whose names will be listed by you in the application form. We ask you to refrain from sending recommendation letters with your application.
For more information – The Managing Director of the summer program, Dr. Rafi Nets, can be contacted directly by email for further information regarding such topics as: health insurance, housing, extracurricular activities etc. (also at summer.CRidentity@biu.ac.il).