Known as the most “Oleh-friendly” university in Israel, BIU offers a fair amount of benefits for Olim Chadashim and Overseas students. These benefits are for all students studying under a foreign passport, as well as those who started their studying within three years of making Aliyah.
Special Application Process
Olim Chadashim and Overseas students have the option of applying for their undergraduate degree via the Dean of Students Office.In addition to being better equipped to evaluate international transcripts and SATs, the Dean of Students Office works hard to place Olim in the various degrees, and often has an additional quota of spots in the academic department reserved for international students.
As a rule, Bar-Ilan University encourages professors to accept papers and projects written in English. Although the final say resides with the teacher, don’t be embarrassed to approach her and ask
BIU offers a gamut of test-taking leniencies for international students:
Extra Test Time and Dictionary Use
Students are eligible for an additional 15 minutes for every hour of the exam, as well as the ability to use a Hebrew-English Dictionary.
The bottom of your Cartis Nivchan will show your eligibility for the extra test time. If it’s not there, just head to the Dean of Students Office to get them to fix it. You can pick up your “Ishur L’Shimush B’Milon” (Dictionary Authorization) from the same place.
With the authorization of the teacher, students can have their exams professionally translated by the university at the cost of 270 NIS per test, up to 5 tests per semester.
If that is a bit rich for your blood, many teachers have been known to translate their exams for free. Don’t be ashamed to ask them!
Keep in mind that you don’t get extra test time on a translated text.
Less Midrasha Exams
Instead of taking all of the exams for Midrasha courses, international students are only required to take half of them – and they get to choose which ones!
International students who made Alyah within the past three years are eligible for up to 50 hours per year of free tutoring from Meoravut Chevratit Department.
Tutoring sessions are held either one-on-one or in small groups. Keep in mind there is a 50NIS processing fee.