The majority of undergraduate students in Bar-Ilan University need to complete three academic years of study, as determined by academic credit. Each academic hour of weekly instruction (lectures, recitations, labs, or seminars) per year equals 1 academic credit.

Law students must complete 3.5 years of study, and Optometry and Engineering degrees take 4 years.

Degree Requirements

Current (Post-2016) Requirements

Due to new government regulations, in 2016, Bar-Ilan University changed its graduation requirements for all incoming students. They must now complete the following:

  1. Complete at least 64 academic credits.

    The actual amount of credits you are required to take is based on your department. The break down is as follows:

    1. Department Requirements

      • Extended Major – 46 credits (approx).
      • Structured Double Major – 25 credits (approx) each – 50 credits (approx).
      • Unstructured Double Major – 27 credits (approx) each – 54 credits (approx).

      In the case of Law, Biology, Optometry, and Engineering, other credit requirements apply. Regardless, it is a good idea to check your actual requirements for your specific track with your department.

    2. Basic Judaic Studies Requirements

      Jewish students must take 10 Basic Judaic Studies credits spread over a variety of topics. Non-Jews are exempt from this requirement and may take the same amount of General Elective classes instead. For more information see below.

    3. Enrichment Studies

      Starting in 2016, students will be required to take Enrichment Studies courses during their first year. As the university is planning to slowly roll out this mandate, currently only some departments will include this requirement.

    4. General Electives

      Students who have not completed their 64-credit requirement by means of their Judaic Studies and Department courses, must take up to 2-4 General Elective credits, chosen from any of Bar-Ilan’s thousand of course offerings.


  2. Reach a Hebrew Fluency Level

    Israeli students must take several classes in Hebrew composition and comprehension. Tourists and Olim Chadashim who have been in the country under seven years, must take Ulpan. Click here to find about more about Hebrew and Ulpan requirements.

  3. Reach an English as a Second Language (ESL) Fluency Level

    Foreign students who studied in an institution where English was the primary level of instruction are exempt from this requirement. Click here for more information about ESL requirements.