Study Programs

Bar-Ilan is home to many internationally-based programs that attract students the world over. In addition the University has a number of exchange programs in which students study abroad, both actually and virtually.

The Preparatory Program (Mechina) & Ulpan 
The Mechina is a special study program for New Immigrants (Olim Chadashim) and tourists, run in conjunction with the Student Authority at the Israel Ministry of Absorption. This program is intended for immigrants or tourists who have completed their high school education overseas. The aim of the program is to prepare overseas students for higher education in Israel, and to instill them with the knowledge of Hebrew (through the Ulpan program included within the Mechina), Jewish history and traditions, and Israeli culture and customs.

The International B.A. Program in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Bar-Ilan University’s International BA Program presents aspiring students with new and exciting options for studying in Israel in the English language over 3 years. Under the guidance of top professors from Israel and around the world, participants enjoy dynamic class discussions and diverse learning experiences tailor-made to compete on an international level. Bar-Ilan’s uniqueness lies in its dedication to imbuing its students with a deep understanding of their Jewish life and learning alongside the sterling academic experience one would expect from any world-class institution. The International BA Program allows students to study in Israel without having to make compromises on academic excellence inherent in learning a  foreign language.

The International BA Program in Communications
This Program is offered by Bar-Ilan University’s School of Communications, one of the most prestigious of its kind in Israel. The International BA Program in Communications, taught entirely in English, enables students to major in communications and minor in political science, while focusing on two primary areas of study: Public Diplomacy and Public Relations and Marketing. In addition, students gain practical experience through the BIU International Broadcasting Services. Student are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Center for International Communication (CIC), and the Center for Law and Communication. The Professional Training department offers a wide variety of workshops in areas such as new media, advertising, public relations, and broadcast media.

The Israel Experience Program
The Israel Experience Gap Year Program offers a unique combination of inspiring Jewish studies and fully accredited university courses, as well as evening activities such as informal education, drama, music, art, sports, Torah study, dance and more. In order to make all of Israel a classroom of learning, elements of the program take place in a variety of settings that enable students to meet, interact and contribute to Israeli society. This includes professional internships, community service, Israel advocacy and/or Magen David Adom training. The program provides a perfect balance between Yeshiva type studies and academic classes alongside involvement in Israeli society.
Bar-Ilan – Yeshiva University Summer Science Internships
This exciting program enables talented undergraduate science majors to work in the research group of one of Bar-Ilan’s distinguished faculty members in the biological and/or physical sciences at the Bar-Ilan Campus in Ramat Gan. For more information about the program click here.
Erasmus Mundus AcadEmic Network – EDEN
“EDEN – Erasmus Mundus AcadEmic Network” fosters institutional co-operation in the field of higher education between the European Union and non-EU countries through a mobility scheme addressing student and academic exchanges for the purpose of studying, teaching, training and research.
The associate partners will will help to disseminate the project and create synergies with student and local communities in support of EDEN activities.
For more information about the program click here.

MA in Creative Writing
Since its inception in 2002, the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing has attracted hundreds of local Anglo Israelis, Diaspora Jews and writers from around the world to spend a year (or longer) in Israel, honing their creative skills in English with the guidance of leading poets and fiction writers, in a context both Jewish and creative.

IMBA Program 
The International MBA Program at the S. Daniel Abraham Center of Economics and Business is a one-year program, taught entirely in English. Students are given a global perspective, together with real world applications, that allows them to master the complexities of today’s increasingly more sophisticated world of business.  For more information about the program, click here.

Graduate Program in Linguistics in Clinical Research
This program offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics in Clinical Research within the linguistics program already offered in the English Department. The studies greatly deepen the students’ understanding of how language works and deal with issues important to clinicians working in Israel, including bilingualism, dyslexia, and first and second language acquisition.
MA in Literary Translation
A growth field in the Humanities, literary translation is a natural for people who love literature and language and are looking for a practical way to turn this love into a profession.  The MA Program in English Literature with a focus on Literary Translation combines high-level literature seminars, creative writing and translation workshops, and is capped off with a year of one-on-one mentoring as the student prepares a creative thesis: the translation of a work of fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry. No knowledge of Hebrew is required; students may translate from any language into English, and all coursework is in English.
Postbac Premed Program

Sponsored by The Office of the Dean of Students and The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, this graduate program is offered to college graduates with no medical background, affording them the opportunity to complete preparation for medical school, dental school, veterinary school, or nursing school in just one year, in English. For more information about the program click here.