The skies of Israel are now open for international students. New international students would be permitted to enter the country to commence their academic studies during the 2020-2021 academic year, announced the authorities.
A government-enacted restriction in mid-March earlier prevented non-Israeli visitors from entering the country. “Since then, the Council for Higher Education of Israel has been working closely with senior officials in the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Population and Immigration Authority on the issue,” according to a statement issued by ‘Study in Israel’, an initiative by The Council for Higher Education of Israel.
Recently Bar Ilan University arranged a flight from Mumbai to Tel Aviv that brought 100 returning, new PhD and post-doctoral researchers to all 8 research universities in Israel
They were unable to travel to Israel due the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
“Universities in India are important partners in Israeli research,” said Prof. Arie Zaban, President, Bar-Ilan University.
“Research universities yearn for these students because of their specialization in disciplines that contribute to the advancement of Israeli research. This is of crucial importance, particularly nowadays when knowledge sharing takes place mainly through Zoom. Doctoral students from India are talented and hardworking, and I am proud that we were able to bring them here during these very challenging times for higher education and the State of Israel,” Prof. Arie Zaban added.
Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, Chair, Planning and Budgeting Committee, Council for Higher Education, said, “Internationalization is one of the main strategic priorities for the higher education system in Israel and we are committed to integrating top international students in our universities and colleges. ”
“Although the coronavirus pandemic has hindered international mobility, we are glad that international students will still be able to come to Israel and we welcome them to engage in our world-class academics and research,” she added.
International students need to complete a 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival to Israel under the supervision of their academic institution, in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines.
“Israeli universities and colleges are still accepting applications for this upcoming year and the fall semester in Israel begins in mid-October,” the statement said.