Undergraduate Studies

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Application Procedure

  • Application on line is available only in Hebrew in the TAU Hebrew registration website.
  • Application forms in English (only for candidates applying from abroad) can be printed from our website.
  • Applicants are requested to return by registered mail the completed application form together with the required documents by April 30, 2024. For Dental Medicine by April 13, 2024. For Medicine by April 30, 2024. For Medicine for holders of a BA degree by March 26, 2024. For School of Architecture  by March 31,2024. 
  • Applicants must fill in their ID/passport number on their application form and make sure that the ID/passport number listed on the application form is identical to the number listed in the psychometric exam application form. Lack of a number or discrepancies between the numbers may delay and disrupt acceptance procedures.


Please note that grade transcripts and certificates submitted as part of the application procedure must be either originals or photocopies authorized by the candidate’s school or university. A notarized translation must accompany transcripts in languages other than English. Originals may be brought to the Registration Center, where they will be photocopied and certified free of charge.


Candidates must submit:

  1. Application forms properly completed.  Please note: your date of arrival in Israel must be indicated on this form.
  2. Non-refundable registration fee of  $150.00 dollars (or equivalent in other currency) payed by Bank transaction.

    All wire transfers and payment fees must be covered by the sender so the University receives the full amount of registration fee payment as stated above.


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  3. A matriculation certificate/high school diploma including a transcript of record; certificates attesting post-matriculation study, if any.
  4. Official transcript of  higher education (if any), including grade point average and an explanation of the scale of grades.
  5. Applicants who are studying in a Preparatory Year Program (Mechina) are required to supply a certificate of participation from the Mechina office. Upon completing the Mechina, applicants must submit an authorized final certificate from the Mechina and an authorized copy of grades (each grade should be at least 60), including the average or final grade. This must be done no later than September 30, 2024. Applicants completing a Mechina program are requested to submit a final certificate including 4 subjects (one of these subjects must be mathematics) with a minimum grade of 60 (no exemption grade). Mechina students of current academic year 2023/24, are not eligible to apply to Medicine and Dental Medicine for the academic year 2024/25. Such students may apply at the earliest for the academic year 2025/26. Please note that the Mechina beginning February 2024 (second semester) does not finish in time for candidates to apply for acceptance to the fall semester in November 2024.
  6. Candidates who want their SAT or ACT results to be considered in lieu of the Psychometric Examination (except for the MD School of Medicine and Dental Medicine),or in addition to it (the higher score will be taken into consideration.), must attach a written request to their application.  Candidates should send an official certificate of the SAT/ACT scores to the Registration Center of Tel Aviv University immediately upon receiving the results. Candidates must specify the date on which they took/will take the SAT/ACT. SAT/ACT results should be in the Registration Office no later than one month after the last Israeli Psychometric exams and according to the requirements of the various Departments. Candidates to the MD School of Medicine and Dental Medicine must take the Israeli Psychometric test, SAT/ACT scores will not be accepted.
  7. Photocopy of the ID or passport page on which personal details are indicated (birth date, etc.).
  8. Some departments may require additional documents or special forms. For full information see the TAU Hebrew website.


Transfer of Credits

Applicants who wish to receive credits for previous studies at other universities and/or institutions of higher learning are required to submit an official transcript, including confirmation of examinations passed.


Israeli Matriculates

The Israeli Matriculation (Bagrut) grades will be forwarded directly from the Israeli Ministry of Education for graduates since 1990. Therefore such candidates are required not to attach their "Bagrut" Certificate to the application material. Only graduates of year 1989 or earlier must attach their "Bagrut" Certificate. Applicants who have taken Israeli matriculation examinations and have not yet received official certificates must submit a confirmation of the results issued by the Ministry of Education. For information about the dates for submitting the Israeli Matriculation to the different programs, please visit the Hebrew website.


Final Year High School Students in Israel

Students currently attending their final year of high school (except those belonging to the Academic Reserves) may not apply for registration to the University.  However, once students planning to apply receive their matriculation results, they should contact the Registration Office as soon as possible, but no later than September 30, 2024.


Their applications will be considered in light of the following factors:

  • There are vacancies in the department of the applicant's choice.
  • The entrance requirements to the department of the applicant's choice are fulfilled.
  • The Psychometric Entrance Examination is taken no later than July 2024.
  • The required level of proficiency in English as a Foreign Language has been attained.


Alternative Majors

Applicants are advised to indicate second and third alternatives on their applications. Indicating a second and third alternative does not influence acceptance to the department of the applicant's first choice.  Likewise, applying to only one department in no way enhances the prospect for acceptance to it. If candidates wish to keep all their options open, they must meet all the requirements that their various choices entail, such as writing departmental entrance examinations.


Candidates who wish to change their alternate majors after they are already registered should:

  1. Check with the Registration Office if the relevant department is still open.
  2. Submit the request which includes applicant's ID number and the exact number of program (track).


Programs of Study

Applicants may choose a single major (sm) program or a double major (dm). Second and third choices will be considered when applicants are not admitted to their first choices.


Certain programs require additional entrance examinations. These are noted on the Examinations Schedule or at the Hebrew web site.


Most of the departments offer three-year undergraduate programs.


General Admission Requirements


To be eligible for admission, applicants must hold a matriculation certificate issued by the Israeli Ministry of Education or an equivalent certificate from abroad. Diplomas such as the French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, British General Certificate of Education (only one A level exam may be in a "Language Subject"), and I.B. (International Baccalaureate) and some others are equivalent to the Israeli matriculation for registration.


Candidates in this category may apply to the Certificate Evaluator in the Registration Office to determine the conditions for their acceptance to the University.


Most newcomers are required to enroll in the Preparatory Program (Mechina) first. There are some exceptions to this rule (in all cases, the documents of students from abroad will be examined in order to determine whether they must study in the Mechina):

  1. Completion of at least one full academic year in Israel or abroad (30 semester credits at least for all faculties, 40 semester credits for Medicine, Dental Medicine, Health Professions except Nursing and Engineering) may replace the Mechina (AP courses are not considered as part of the university's credits).
  2. In several cases, candidates who are holders of High School Matriculations which are not equivalent to the Israeli Matriculation (Bagruth) can be exempted from the Mechina. This applies in programs where the admission average (Hat'ama) is not higher than 540 points and that there are no other special admission requirements. These candidates must obtain in the Psychometric exam 25 points above the admission average (Hat'ama) of the relevant program.
  3. Graduates of U.S. and Canadian high schools (candidates who completed grade 12) with a grade average of B (3.0) and over, who know Hebrew and have SAT test scores of at least 1270(old SAT) 1340 (new SAT) and ACT test score of at least 29 points, may register directly for studies at the University. These conditions do not apply to the Faculties of Engineering, Law, Medicine, Neuroscience,  the School of Architecture and programs for outstanding students. For candidates who took the SAT till 2016, Tel Aviv University will continue considering only the SAT Verbal and Math sections, and the writing section will be ignored. Israelis returning to Israel after completing high school in the U.S. or Canada (who stayed abroad no more than 3 years) can register directly to the University if they have a grade average of B (3.0) on their diploma and received at least 1180(old SAT), 1250(new SAT) points in the SAT or 27 points in the ACT. This condition does not apply to the Faculties of Engineering, Law, Medicine, Neuroscience,  the School of Architecture and programs for Outstanding students.
  4. Graduates who are holders of High School Matriculations which are not equivalent to the Israeli Matriculation (Bagruth) that have a grade average of B (80) and over, who know Hebrew and have at least 4 AP examinations of 4 different subjects, with a grade of 4 or 5 may apply to the university (acceptance to the different faculties will be according to their AP subjects).


Candidates not meeting these conditions may take the Mechina Program or 4 Israeli matriculation examinations as follows:

  1. At least 12 units together with a minimum grade of 55 in Math, and 60 in all other exams.
  2. One of the four exams must be at least 3 units in mathematics.
  3. One exam should be of at least 4 units.
  4. In case Mathematics will be the 4 units subject, another 3 units subject must be taken.
  5. Hebrew Language as a subject should be consisted of at least 2 units: Hebrew Essay and Hebrew Grammar.
  6. Only final matriculation grade is accepted. "Sub" exams are not accepted.
  7. Foreign Language is not accepted as a matriculation subject.


These exams must fulfill  the requirements of the departments of the candidate's choice and should be taken according to the departments deadline.



Special requirements for applicants to the Faculties of Medicine, Engineering, Exact Sciences and the School of Architecture

  1. Most foreign high school graduates must have successfully completed one year of the Mechina in the Exact Sciences program or one academic year in a university program which included at least one advanced mathematics course, equivalent to 5 units in the Israeli Matriculation certificate (“Bagrut”), as well as courses in the exact and natural sciences.
  2. Those holding the British G.C.E. must pass A-level exams in at least two subjects: Mathematics and the Exact or Natural Sciences (the subjects required by each faculty/department may vary, and are specified in the Hebrew website).
  3. Those holding an International Baccalaureate (I.B.) must pass higher level exams in at least two subjects: Mathematics and the Exact or Natural Sciences.
  4. Graduates of French secondary schools must have certificates indicating successful completion of the Mathematics or Natural Science course.
  5. Graduates who are holders of High School Matriculations which are not equivalent to the Israeli Matriculation (Bagruth) with a grade average of B (80) and over, must pass 4 AP examinations from which one exam must be in Mathematics and another in an Exact Science subject with a grade of 4 or 5.
  6.  The Physics and Chemistry departments accept summer courses  at Tel Aviv University in the Exact Sciences subjects as an alternative to high  school scientific subjects. 


For Medicine and Dental Medicine candidates must pass exams in Mathematics in their matriculation certificates equivalent to 4 units level in Israeli Matriculation Certificate.


Psychometric Entrance Examination and SAT/ACT


Tel Aviv University accepts the SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT) score as a substitute for the psychometric exam for all study units, except medicine and dentistry.
Due to limitations affecting the way the SAT scores are converted to the scale of the psychometric exam, it is recommended that all applicants, and especially Israelis staying abroad, take the psychometric exam of the National Center for Examinations and Evaluation.
Those who have taken this test and wish to have their test scores taken into account in the admissions considerations, will attach to the registration material an official document of the scores and a letter of request to take them into account. Those who intend to take the test after the registration date will indicate in the application letter on which date they intend to take the test.
•    The candidate must take the test and submit the test scores while subjected to the schedule for issuing certificates. 
•    The confirmation of the scores in the SAT test will be forwarded to the registration office as early as possible, and no later than one month after the possible deadline for the psychometric exam. 
•    The SAT score scale was changed as of March 2016. For candidates who took the test prior to that date, the chapter scores and the overall score will be converted to SAT scores on a "new" scale according to the conversion calculator in this link: https://blog.prepscholar.com/new-sat-conversion-chart-old-2400-to-new-1600 
•    Starting with the 2024 registration season, the score of the verbal section of the SAT, which also includes the score of the writing section (READING AND WRITING) will be taken into account for admission purposes. This change will also affect the overall score of the SAT. 
•     Therefore, applicants who previously registered at Tel Aviv University and submitted an SAT score, are asked to re-submit the official documents again for a new score to be complicated. 
•     The SAT scores will be converted to a score on the psychometric scale, and from this score the candidate's suitability score will be calculated.
Clarifications on this matter can received at the Sorting and Research Unit of the Registration and Student Administration Department by phone: 03-6407921


Exemption from the Psychometric Entrance Examination

Candidates, holders of a certificate equivalent to the Israeli Matriculation such as the French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, British General Certificate of Education, I.B. (International Baccalaureate) and some others, with a final grade equivalent to at least 90 (in the Israeli scale), are exempted from the  Psychometric Entrance Examination to the Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Arts (not including Architecture). 


Candidates in this category may apply to the Certificate Evaluator in the Registration Office to determine if they are exempted from the psychometric exam.


Please note: Applicants with foreign certificates are requested to submit the result of their Psychometric Entrance Exam or SAT/ACT to their registration form or to send the results as soon as they are received directly to the Registration Office at Tel Aviv University.


Admission Counseling Service

The Selection and Research Unit at the Registration and Admission Center advises candidates for undergraduate studies concerning the possibility of acceptance to each of Tel Aviv University's different departments and faculties and the possibilities of improving the chances of acceptance. This service is provided only at the request of the candidate. A fee is charged.


The counseling is based upon the candidate's matriculation achievements, former academic studies, the Mechina, Psychometric and SAT/ACT results, updated departmental admission requirements known at the time (including the changes in these requirements during the last years) and the various possibilities for increasing their prospects for admission. 


Appointments should be made in advance by phone, Sunday – Thursday:  9:00-12:00. Tel. 03-6408686, 03-6408290.


Special Requirements of the Faculties and Relevant Departments

The decisions of the various departmental admissions committees are based on the Psychometric Entrance Examination, matriculation grades, previous academic grades (at least 30 semester hours for all faculties, 40 semester hours for Medicine, Dental Medicine, Health Professions except Nursing and Faculty of Engineering), Mechina grades, and, in some cases, departmental entrance examinations or additional requirements.


For special requirements, please see the time-table, the chapters of the relevant departments and the Entrance Examinations section.


Candidates will be notified by mail by the Registration Office as to whether they have been accepted to the department of their choice.

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