Preparing for arrival to Israel

Visa to Israel

International prospective students (those with no Israeli citizenship) are responsible to arrange entrance to Israel. Israel has agreements with many countries that exempt their citizens from obtaining Visitor's B/2 visa in order to enter and to remain in Israel (e.g., USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and various Western Europe countries). See the list of all countries. Citizens of countries who are not exempted from getting a visa are advised to apply for a visa immediately on acceptance to the program. These citizens will need to apply for a A/2 visa from one of Israel's missions or embassies abroad. Upon request, we can supply with you a letter of confirmation of your accepnce to the Program. You may also need to produce this letter at Ben Gurion airport so be sure to bring it with you to Israel.


We strongly suggest you verify visa requirements on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to check for recent changes. 

The process to be handled at the mission:

·         Presentation of a travel document that is valid for at least six months beyond the period of the stay in Israel

·         A completed and signed application for a visa to enter Israel (click here to download the Application for a Visa to Enter Israel)

·         A photocopy of the applicant's travel document

·         Proof of the applicant's sufficient financial means for the visit to Israel

·         Order for round trip airline tickets to and from Israel

·         Two passport pictures

·         Payment of the fee (click here to open the table of fees) [c. $26]

·         Please note:

·         The consul may request additional documents.

·         Since the fee is collected for handling the application, it will not be refunded to the applicant if the visa is not issued for any reason.

For assistance with the visa process, please contact Ms. Iris Goldwirth Mclean from the Academic Office at BIU ( or +972-3-531-7729). More detailed information is available on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Medical Insurance

Bar-Ilan University requires that all its students be covered by Israeli or other health insurance. It is the sole responsibility of the students to arrange the insurance; BIU does not deal with purchasing the insurance and will bear no responsibility for uninsured students. Below is some information regarding insurance that we gathered just for your convenience.

The insurance possibilities are different for students who are tourists in Israel and those who are Israeli citizens (new immigrants or veterans). 

BIU students who are tourists can choose any Israeli tourist health insurance. Past students at BIU have obtained insurance in the past through the Hilit Insurance agency (see also here) which works with Harel Insurance company (see  here). Hilit offers BIU students the Tour and Care policy (see basics here in pages 2 & 3), which operates via the "Harel" array of medical services - the current cost is $ 1.7 per day. If you wish to apply for the Tour and Care policy please contact Mr. Gal Shahaf from Hilit Agency (email:, tel. +972-73-263-2024, Fax. +972-3-632-5582, or cell. +972-52-393-9098).

Israeli Citizens (new immigrants or veterans)
Such students are required to be insuranced (new immigrants are entitled to one year of free health insurance) through any of Israel's HMOs (public medical service providers):

Clalit Healthcare Services
Maccabi Healthcare Services
Kupat Cholim Leumit
Kupat Cholim Meuhedet

FYI - Clinics and Hospitals in the vicinity of the University



Staying near the campus

There is a possibility to stay at the dorms at the Giva't Shmuel Yeshiva which is located a few minutes walking distance from the campus. If you are interested in our law student rate accommodation and weekdays suppers (Sundays-Thursdays) please register, and book your place in advance. See attached informative and logistics information regarding your stay sent by Prof. Danielle Gurevitch, Director of Global Affairs-Asia Division.

The costs are:

Total Cost for housing during the 27 seminar days



Dormitories (3 students in a room, 2 mnts walk from campus)



Week days Supper (Sundays-Thursdays)




Finding accomodation by yourself

Prima Hotels - Petah Tikva

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