The B.A. degree in Liberal Arts is a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the humanities and social sciences. This three-year course of study provides students with a strong liberal arts education while empowering them to succeed in an increasingly complex and fast-changing world.
The program combines exposure to a broad range of disciplines with an in-depth study of at least one academic field. It aims to provide students with a variety of analytical tools; to develop their intellectual agility, critical thinking skills, and creative power; and to equip them with the ethical sensibilities necessary for living in today’s complex societies.
This three-year B.A. program provides students with the foundations of a strong Liberal Arts education while empowering them to succeed in an increasingly diverse, complex, and fast-changing world. It is designed to motivate students to explore beyond the confines of single disciplines, by offering a broad selection of courses in various fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Alongside the core liberal arts curriculum and electives in a variety of topics, students choose a major and a minor in Middle Eastern studies, Philosophy, Literature, Israel and Jewish Studies, Psychology and Psychoanalysis, or Communication and Digital Culture.
In addition to coursework, students in this program enjoy the following:
- Study trips throughout Israel that deepen understanding of local and international topics
- Participation in numerous cultural events, seminars, and lectures arranged on campus each semester
- Gaining invaluable intercultural dialogue and communication experience with like-minded peers from a kaleidoscope of backgrounds
For more than 25 years, Tel Aviv University's Hebrew-language Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities has been one of the university's largest and most successful undergraduate programs. Each year its graduates are accepted into top M.A. and Ph.D. programs around the world; in addition, a growing number of public- and private-sector employers have increasingly begun to recognize the practical advantages of hiring graduates of Liberal Arts programs.
Liberal Arts graduates are to be found in a wide range of positions and careers. A growing number of public- and private-sector employers have increasingly begun to recognize the practical advantages of hiring graduates of Liberal Arts programs, who are trained to think systematically, communicate effectively, and think outside the box.
To graduate, students are required to complete 117 credits, around the same number as most BA programs in the US. Like most BA programs in Israel, however, the program is designed to be completed in three years.
A full degree is composed of the following:
General Studies module (core curriculum) (18 credits) – A series of introductory courses intended to acquaint students with major academic fields and approaches to knowledge. Taken during the first year, these courses introduce students to history, philosophy, the social sciences, literature, and science.
- Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Culture
- Middle Eastern Studies
- Modern Jewish and Israel Studies
- Digital Culture and Communications
Major (18 additional credits) – students choose which field of the four elective tracks they wish to pursue in greater depth, developing further competence in the skills and methodologies related to it. Students will take additional courses in their major and participate in a senior seminar.
Minor (6 additional credits) – students choose in which of the four elective tracks (other than their major choice) they would like to minor in. In this track they will add an elective course and a senior seminar.
- Writing seminar (3 credits) –provides students with the skills needed to analyze texts, build logical arguments, and write effectively.
- Second language – all students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by the time they graduate. Students who come in with advanced skills in a second language will be tested for exemption. Others are required to take courses in a language of their choice, out of a range offered by the university.
Students who complete the requirements for graduation will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tel Aviv University's Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities.
The instructors for the B.A. program in Liberal Arts are drawn from among the dozens of professors in Tel Aviv University's highly respected Humanities Faculty. The international standing of members of the faculty is reflected in their positions of leadership in the academic, cultural and political life of Israel.
Several of our faculty members have been elected to the Israel Academy of Science and the Humanities. Six have been award the Israel Prize, the nation's highest recognition for scholarly achievement. In addition, our professors have served as Ambassadors to Spain, Egypt, Jordan, and the United States.
Prizes and honors bestowed to faculty in the B.A. program in Liberal Arts include the Dan David Prize, the EMET Prize, the Wolf Foundation Prize, The Israel Prize, the Rothschild Foundation Prize, and the Michael Bruno Memorial Award.
Admission to the program is selective, and the Admissions Committee reviews each application carefully. Successful applicants demonstrate a serious academic commitment and the ability to thrive in university-level studies. Non-scholastic achievements – such as extracurricular activities, community service, and employment experience – are also considered.
Candidates are requested to apply directly to the program via the TAU International website, and not through the general TAU administration office.
Applicants are asked to submit the following with their application form (all documents must be in original and sent from their source):
- Online application
- Official high school diploma and transcript. Applicants in their final year of high school may submit a partial transcript. Their admission process will be complete once the final transcript and diploma are received.
- Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). These are only required for applicants graduating from a U.S. high school system, whether in the U.S. or abroad. TAU's SAT code is 0810, and our ACT code is 5517. Applicants who attended non-U.S. high schools should submit the results of analogous nationally administered tests.
- Two letters of recommendation from principal, teacher, guidance counselor, or others who are able to comment on the applicant’s academic abilities. Please ask your referees to submit their evaluations via email or through our online form.
- One personal essay (300-500 words)
- TOEFL or equivalent proof of English language proficiency - This is only required of graduates of high schools in which English was not the primary language of instruction. TAU's TOEFL code is 7704.
- A mandatory Health Declaration signed by the applicant and an additional witness.
- A signed medical form with a physician's approval.
In some cases the Admissions Committee may also request a personal interview. Those applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview either in person, by phone, or by virtual media.
How to Apply
Students applying for admission to the international B.A. program in Liberal Arts must do so via the TAU International website.
Each application is assessed on an individual basis according to grades, test scores, essay, and recommendations. At its discretion, the Admissions Committee may also decide to conduct personal interviews with certain applicants. Individuals residing outside of Israel will be interviewed via Skype or telephone.
Transfer students and revalidation of credits
The program offers relevant Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits. Credit is given for AP scores of 4 or 5 and IB scores of 5, 6 or 7.
The program accepts transfer students and provides credits for courses taken at another institution, provided that the courses fit the curriculum, that the institution is recognized by Tel Aviv University for the purpose of accreditation, and that the grade earned is 80 (B) or above. Transfer credits will not be included in the student's cumulative GPA. To receive a degree from Tel Aviv University, a student must earn at least a third of his/her credits from TAU (including the senior seminars in the major and minor tracks), and be enrolled at TAU for at least one full year.
Costs & Funding
Amounts below are given in US$.
Annual tuition: $11,500 per year
Spring semester tuition: $7,000
Accommodation in dormitories
- $4,800 for the standard 8-month academic year
- $3,000 for the spring semester.
Students who pursue courses of a longer duration (such as English Literature courses or courses taught in Hebrew) will be charged additional fees for their extended stay in the dorms.
- A non-refundable $100 application fee is not included above.
- Accepted students will be asked to pay a confirmation fee to guarantee their spot in the program.
- Trips, Student Activities, Facility Fees and Health Insurance are all included in the tuition fees quoted above.
- Study of the Hebrew language (Ulpan) is highly recommended and involves an additional fee.
- There is a replacement charge of $10 for lost student ID card, medical insurance card, or room keys.
Tuition includes excursions, activities, facility fees, and health insurance.
Scholarships and Funding
A limited number of merit based scholarships are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Prospective students are required to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. In order to apply, please contact the Liberal Arts office directly.
TAU International is committed to making education accessible to all students, regardless of their financial backgrounds, and several sources of funding are available, including need-based tuition assistance, delayed payment plans, and external scholarships. TAU also participates in U.S. federal student loan programs.
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Last updated December 7, 2017