Jerusalem

Study PhD's in Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem at a glance

Follow a degree abroad in Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, and enjoy a safe and welcoming environment. International students from over 60 countries choose Jerusalem, as the city is home to one of Israel’s leading universities that plan to prepare students into becoming leading professionals in their field of study and to meet the needs of the globalised society. Jerusalem universities are also famous due to integrating world-class research programmes with impressive results and discoveries in many disciplines. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, although, under international law, the status of the city is not internationally recognised as the capital. Jerusalem is located on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. 

Studying

Studying in Jerusalem

Universities in Jerusalem offer study programmes taught in Hebrew, but you can apply to several English-taught programmes. For Bachelor’s degree level, most courses are available in Hebrew language only and the candidates’ level of proficiency is usually measured through an examination managed by the university itself. The same applies to courses instructed in English, as you will require to pass an English language proficiency test within the university before enrolment.

All universities provide Hebrew language courses, dedicated to international students and you can also enrol in many foundation degree programmes, in various fields.

The wide range of university programmes covers MBA’s and Master of Science courses.

Prepare for your future career in one of the following subject areas: English literature, agriculture, Islamic studies, sciences, public health, law, biomedicine, management, bioengineering, Asian studies, art, economics and more. All of the above are available for Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD level.

Career

Career opportunities in Jerusalem

Jerusalem has a stable and flourishing economy. The main industries are: high technology, education, health, social services, hospitality, tourism, energy.

Major employers in Jerusalem include: Intel, Cisco, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, IBM, Mobileye, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, PwC, Orange, Bank of Israel.

International students can choose internship options from a variety of organizations, private companies, government institutions or NGOs. In most cases, a good knowledge of English is required, but sometimes background in Arabic or Hebrew is needed.

Life

Jerusalem city life

The Holy city of Jerusalem, also known as ‘The City of Gold’, is definitely a unique place that will make you marvel constantly at its beauties and at the numerous cultural and religious sites you will find here.

Some of the most important landmarks of Jerusalem are:

  • The Old City (a World Heritage Site) –divided into the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters.
  • The Temple Mount and its Western Wall
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • The Dome of the Rock
  • The Garden Tomb and al-Aqsa Mosque
  • Garden of Gethsemane
  • Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)
  • Christ's Tomb
  • Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book
  • Golgotha – the site of the crucifixion

Among other important attractions that are worth visiting are: the Cenacle (located on Mount Zion), believed to be the site of Jesus' Last Supper, Mount of Olives, the Rockefeller Museum (in East Jerusalem) .

You can enjoy sport events, football and basketball matches and an annually international marathon.

Although not having a thriving night life, in Jerusalem, you can find many pubs, music bars, or cafés. You can savour any dish you can imagine in one of the numerous restaurants, including European, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern foods.

If you are curious about seeing more of Israel, take a trip to Tel Aviv, only about an hour away by car or by train. Closer than Tel Aviv, you can make a visit to Bethlehem, the hills of Judea, Samaria or the Dead Sea.

International atmosphere in Jerusalem

Jerusalem is home to large Arab communities, but the city also counts French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, and Ukrainian immigrants. Because Jerusalem is one of the world’s greatest touristic attractions due to its religious legacy, it is constantly visited by tourists, coming from every country in the world.

As the whole Israel has one of the strongest economies in Southwest Asia and is an economic powerhouse in the Middle East, specifically Jerusalem, the capital, is considered an attractive spot for international business or foreign investment. For this reason, many multinational companies have set a local office here.

Weather Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, you will experience hot, dry summers, and mild, wet winters. Snow usually occurs only once or twice during winter. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 9 °C (48 °F). Summer months are usually dry, with no rains. July and August are the hottest months, with an average temperature of 24°C (76 °F). Rainfalls are mostly recorded between October and May.

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