Undergraduate Requirements

In order to graduate, the majority of undergraduate students in Bar-Ilan University need to complete three academic years of study, as determined by academic credit, as well as meet several other requirements. Law students must complete 3.5 years of study, and degrees in the Faculties of Medicine and Engineering degrees take 4 years.

Each academic hour of weekly instruction (lectures, recitations, labs, or seminars) per year equals 1 academic credit. Credits are divided into three categories: Department Requirements (שעות מקצועיות), Judaic Studies (לימודי יסוד ביהדות), and General Electives (לימודים כלליים).

Over the past few years, BIU has changed the undergraduate requirements several times. The requirements that apply to you are based on the year you began your studies.

Current (2018+) Undergraduate Requirements

In 2018, BIU yet again adjusted its undergraduate requirements. Students who began their studies in or after the 2018-19 academic year must now complete the following:

  1. Complete at least 64 academic credits.

    The actual amount of credits you must take depends on the type of degree you are studying, and you may need as many as 110. The breakdown is as follows:
    • Extended Major, Structured Double Major, and Unstructured Double Major: at least 64 credits.
    • Double Major (Extended + Unstructured): at least 91 credits.
    • Double Extended Major: at least 110 credits.

      The types of credits you need are divided into three categories:

    1. Department requirements

      • Extended Major – 46 credits (approx.)
      • Structured Double Major – 25 credits in each field of study – 50 credits (approx.)
      • Unstructured Double Major – 27 credits in each field of study – 54 credits (approx.)
      • Double Extended Major – 46 credits in each field of study – 92 credits (approx.)
      • Double Major (Extended + Unstructured) – 46 credits in your extended major and 27 credits in your Unstructured Major – 73 credits (approx.)

        Depending on what you are studying other credit amounts may apply, and it is recommended to check the specific requirements of each field of study directly with your department.

    2. Basic Judaic Studies requirements

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

    3. General Elective requirements

      These classes are from outside of your major. As a general rule, students require a minimum of 2 General Elective credits, however this widely varies between departments. In practice, students take a combination of General and department electives (beyond the department requirements mentioned above), in order to reach the minimum number of credits needed to graduate.

  2. Reach a Hebrew Fluency level.

    Israeli students must take several classes in Hebrew composition and comprehension. Tourists and Olim Chadashim in the Israeli degree programs who have been in the country under seven years may take Ulpan (Hebrew as a Second Language) instead. Click here to find about more about Hebrew and Ulpan requirements.

    Students in the International B.A. Programs are exempt from this requirement.
  3. Reach an English as a Second Language (ESL) Fluency Level.

    Students who’s native language is not English are required to take several ESL classes. 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.


2016-18 Requirements

Students who began their studies between the 2016-18 academic years, must complete the following:

  1. Complete at least 64 academic credits.

    The types of credits you need are divided into four categories:
    1. Department requirements

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

        Depending on what you are studying other credit amounts may apply, and it is recommended to check the specific requirements of each field of study directly with your department.

    2. Basic Judaic Studies requirements

      Jewish students must take 10 Basic Judaic Studies credits spread over a variety of topics. Non-Jewish students are exempt from this requirement and may choose to take the same amount of General Elective classes instead.
    3. Enrichment Studies requirements

      Students who enrolled between 2016-18 are required to take Enrichment Studies courses during their first year offered through their department. As the university only partially rolled out this mandate, currently only some departments include this requirement.
    4. General Elective requirements

      These classes are from outside of your major. As a general rule, students require a minimum of 2 General Elective credits, however this varies between departments. In practice, students take a combination of General and department electives (beyond the department requirements mentioned above), in order to reach the minimum number of credits needed to graduate.
  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.

Pre-2016 Undergraduate Requirements

Students who began their studies before October 2016 are required to complete the following:

  1. Complete at least 64 academic credits.

    The types of credits you need are divided into four categories:
    1. Department requirements

      • Major – 30 credits (approx.)
      • Minor – 16 credits (approx.)
      • Extended Major (in place of a Major + Minor) – 46 credits (approx.)
      • Structured Double Major – 25 credits in each field of study – 50 credits (approx.)
      • Unstructured Double Major – 27 credits in each field of study – 54 credits (approx.)

        In the case of Law, Biology, Optometry, and Engineering, other credit requirements apply. Regardless, it is recommended to check the specific requirements of each field of study directly with your department.

    2. Basic Judaic Studies requirements

      Jewish students must take 14 Basic Judaic Studies credits spread over a variety of topics. Non-Jewish students are exempt from this requirement and may choose to take the same amount of General Elective classes instead.
    3. General Elective requirements

      These classes are from outside of your major. As a general rule, students require between 2-4 General Elective credits, however this varies between departments. Those with a Double Major, are usually exempt from this requirement. In practice, students take a combination of General and department electives (beyond the department requirements mentioned above), in order to reach the minimum number of credits needed to graduate.
  2. Pass the Fundamentals of Judaism Exam.

    This requirement is only for those required to take Judaic Studies courses, who began their studies before 2015. In addition, full-time students in the Midrasha or Kollel programs are exempt.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.