Pre-Arrival, arrival and Orientation

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Welcome to Recanati!

Pre-Arrival, arrival and Orientation

Students are advised to arrange to arrive in Tel Aviv 7-10 days before the first day of the term. The official welcoming meeting is held few days before studies begin, and various activities and events are organized during the first two weeks of the term to allow students to get acquainted with the School, the Tel Aviv University campus, and Tel Aviv itself. The students are expected to participate in these activities and events.

Health Insurance & Visa

Health Insurance

You will have to obtain health insurance for your stay in Israel, either by an Israeli company or one of your homeland companies. You will receive by email an offer of one of the insurance companies in the campus.


Citizens of the following countries do not need to obtain visas prior to arrival in Israel: Europe: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany (persons born after 1.1.28), Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Asia & Oceania: Australia, Fiji Islands, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea. Africa: Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland. The Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, St. Kitts, & Nevis, Surinam, Trinidad, & Tobago, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Uruguay, U.S.A.

Students who come from one of the countries mentioned above get automatically a tourist visa for 3 months. Then you may have the option to apply for a student visa once in Tel Aviv. For more information about what documents you will need to begin the process here please read refer to the details below. Additionally, you can also contact Hava Shani, Secretary of Academic Foreign Affairs at Tel Aviv University at +972-3-640-5119.

Details for obtaining a student visa in Israel:

1. A letter from the Office of Inter-Academic Affairs

2. A letter from your department (optional)

3. Passport

4. Passport photo

5. 160 NIS for a single entry visa; 320 NIS for multiple entry visa (Multiple entry visa must be requested)

6. Documentation indicating health insurance policy

7. Ministry of Interior visa application form (may be obtained in advance from my office or from the Ministry of Interior at the time of your appointment)

The Ministry of the Interior is located on the ground floor of 125 Menahem Begin Way, Tel Aviv, across the street from the Azrieli Shopping Center. Dan bus line 27 and Egged lines 86, 74 ,74a will take you there from the university.

You should request to meet with Vikki. She is the official responsible for taking care of the affairs of guest researchers and foreign students. Vikki is currently receiving university students and faculty only on Mondays and Thursdays. The office is open from 8:00-12:00. You do not need to wait in line when you arrive in the visa section.

Students who their country of origin is not mentioned above, or students that get a tourist visa and wish to stay longer than 3 months in Israel, will need to engage in the following procedure:

To apply for a student visa please contact your local Israeli Consulate or Embassy. Many embassies/consulates will require an acceptance letter sent by us, and proof of a return ticket.

You will enter the country with a three-month tourist visa. The students visa application process can be lengthy, so get going early.


Unfortunately, the university does not currently offer dormitories for students in the Exchange program. Students attending the program will need to find an apartment in Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv or commute. Apartment hunting in Tel Aviv can be quite time consuming and the process can be lengthy. This can be partially explained by the extremely fast-moving market. Students are advised to set time aside specifically for apartment hunting prior to the start of the program (2-3 weeks is recommended). Students may also want to consider finding a short-term rental for the first couple of weeks before finding an apartment.

Websites: (Click on the Tel Aviv section for Real Estate)

General Information

About Recanati

The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration is the top business school in Israel and the only Israeli academic institution to be awarded the international accreditation of the AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). With over 10 programs of study the Recanati School of Business prepares its students for leading positions in business and public institutions in various sectors of the Israeli and international economy.

The Sofaer iMBA is the only master level program to be offered in English by the Recanati School of Business. In addition, the Sofaer iMBA program is the only one-year, full-time program offered by the Faculty. Other master or executive programs offered by the Faculty include:

  • Flagship MBA program (MBA)

  • Master in Health Administration (MHA)

  • Master of Science in Management (M.Sc)

  • MBA Specializing in Financial Management (MBA, for CPA’s only)

  • Master of Science Specializing in Organizational Consulting (M.Sc)

  • MBA Specializing in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (MBA)

  • Recanati Executive MBA (EMBA)

  • Kellogg-Recanati Executive MBA (EMBA, conducted in English)

About the University

Tel Aviv University is Israel‘s largest academic institution. Faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally renowned scholars and scientists, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Tel Aviv University is a major center of teaching and research and is composed of nine faculties, 106 departments, and 90 research institutes. There are currently around 29,000 students studying at the university in various degree programs .

TAU was founded in 1956 when three small education units - The Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, an Institute of Natural Sciences, and an Institute of Jewish Studies - joined together to form the University of Tel Aviv .

Tel Aviv University offers an extensive range of degrees in the arts and sciences, within its Faculties of Engineering, Exact

Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine, Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Arts and Management. The original 170-acre campus has been expanded to include an additional 50-acre tract, now being developed .

Tel Aviv University is situated only a short distance from both the Mediterranean coast and bustling downtown Tel Aviv, the center of Israeli arts, culture and entertainment including one of UNESCO world heritage sites: “The White City .”

Shabbat in Israel

Shabbat (Sabbath) in Israel

Besides the holidays which are outlined below, in a sense, there's a Jewish holiday every week-Shabbat. Shabbat begins at sundown on Friday and ends on Saturday at sunset. All government offices and related businesses are closed. Approximately an hour before sundown on Friday almost all businesses, retail stores, and restaurants also close. In Tel Aviv, however, there is a growing number of restaurants and cafes that are open on Shabbat. Also open on Shabbat in Tel Aviv are AM:PM's (like and Tiv Ta'ams (Grocery store.(

Holidays in Israel

All holidays in Israel begin at sundown, as Judaism follows the lunar calendar. The high holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) take place in early September this year. Sukkot follows in late September. Other main Jewish holidays include: Chanukah, Purim, Passover, Shavuot, and Tisha B'av.

There are also a number secular holidays celebrated in Israel including: Tu B'shevat, Holocaust Memorial Day, Israel Memorial Day, and Israel Independence Day

Computer requirement and electricity outlets

Computer Requirement

All students in the program are required to have a laptop with up to date Microsoft software. Use of Excel 2007 is crucial in many classes. If you have an Apple computer, you will have to run Windows on it concurrently. The Excel version for Apple computers will not be sufficient.

Electricity Outlets

Israel's electrical current is 220v, 50 cycles. Students are advised to make sure they have the required adaptors and transformers for their laptops and other electrical appliances before their arrival.

Health Suggestions

As when visiting any foreign country, there are often some adjustments your body will need to make to the new environment. Newcomers to Israel may suffer from an initial sensitivity to tap water, and at the same time visitors should also be acutely aware of the high risk of dehydration, especially during the summer months. Bottled water is recommended for those with sensitive stomachs, especially at the beginning of your stay in Israel.

The sun in Israel is extremely strong- much stronger than in many other colder countries. When you arrive Israel will be HOT. If you plan on being outside for even 20 minutes, you should wear some form of sun protection. If you plan on being at the beach all day, you will need to reapply regularly.

Student should also consult with their family doctor regarding any additional medical recommendations, such as vaccinations or equivalents of prescription drugs. Students may even want to consider bringing a years supply of medication. Please keep in mind that while many drugs can be over the counter in your home country, it will not necessarily be the case here

Hebrew Studies

The Center for Hebrew Studies offers Hebrew language courses for Tel Aviv University students as well as Olim in preparatory programs and students participating in the over-seas program. The Center is also open to veteran Olim, residents, tourists and students from other Universities interested in acquiring the Hebrew language or improving their know-how.

For further information please contact:

The Hebrew Studies Center, 30 Haim Levanon st. Ramat-Aviv, Tel-Aviv 69975

Phone Numbers: +972-3-6408947, +972-3-640128



Academic Regulations

Teaching Methods
Courses given in English are open to both Israeli and exchange students, the number students in each class range from 25 to 50. The teaching method of most courses combines frontal lectures with case studies and team work. A final list of all courses offered in the coming year is published on our website during the month of August and includes mostly advanced courses in the MBA program's six areas of specialization: Finance and Accounting, Technology and Information Systems Management, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Operations Research and Decision Making, Marketing, and Organizational Behavior. All courses are given from Sunday to Friday, most of them in the afternoons after 15:00.

Grading Scale
The grading system is based on a scale of 0-100: 95-100 = excellent, 85-94 = very good, 75-84 = good, 65-74 = fairly good, 60-64 fair, 60-0 = fail.

Exams and Assignments

All courses require a written end-of-term exam or summarizing assignment. Some also require an additional individual or team assignment to be carried out during the course of the term. Exams are held in the four weeks following the end of the term, and summarizing assignments are to be submitted during that time, as well. We do however accommodate the special needs of students who have to return to their home universities by a certain date. Our office sends students their grades 3-4 weeks after an exam or submission of an assignment. The final records of studies are sent to the students and to the home university as soon as are grades are received by the Exchange office.

Value of Credits

One credit of the MBA Program at Recanati is equivalent to 4.3 ECTS (European Credits) and represents 28 academic hours. Students are expected to spend 2-3.5 hours a week on homework and assignments for each hour of class time

Registration for Program

Students who are interested in spending one or two terms at Recanati should contact the International Office at their home school. We accept only master's students or students with a high level of proficiency in English who have completed three years of bachelor's studies.

Upon receipt of a formal application from the candidate's home university, the office of Recanati's Student Exchange Program sends out registration forms and a formal letter of acceptance. The completed forms, together with a record of studies, a resume, and two passport photographs, should be sent via email back to the student exchange office. An exact deadline will be sent along with the first email sent to the exchange students.

Registration for Courses

Registration for courses is carried out by the Student Exchange Program office on the basis of the registration form which the students fill out. Students are registered tentatively according to their stated preferences during the month of September, for the fall term and January, for the spring. The final registration takes place during the second week of studies. Until then, students may change their course selection.

Auditind and Free-Movers

The Recanati School of Business Administration and the Sofaer iMBA Programs are pleased to open a wide array of courses for the purpose of auditing and free-mover students in the academic year 2010/2011


  • Auditing a course: $330 per course

  • Free-mover in a 1 course unit (c.u.) course: $700

  • Free-mover in a 2 c.u. course: $1000

Free-movers will be charged an additional $100 fee registration to the the university and providing them student services: student card, access to the online course sites, enjoying student discounts, etc.


  • Both auditing and free-movers will receive course materials and books. Free-movers students will receive access to the course website.

  • Auditing students are not allowed to take the course exam nor participate in any individual or group assignment, unless you have the permission of the professor and your classmates (in the case of a group assignment

  • Free-mover students are required to take part in all the assignments and exam of the course. Failure to meet the course's academic requirement will lead to failing the course and not receiving the credits.

Payment can be done via credit card, personal checks, wire transfers or cash.

Please contact Tal Mordoch:, in order to carry-out the payment.

For further details and registration, please contact Ms. Hila Rachmani, the exchange program coordinator: or +972-3-640-8493


Calendar spring 2012

The academic year at Tel Aviv University is divided into three terms - fall, spring and summer and starts in the end of October. Both the fall and spring terms last 14 weeks and are divided into two modules of seven weeks each. The summer term is shorter and is not offered as an option for exchange students. Students can elect to spend either the fall or spring semester at Recanati, or both.

Exchange Program Calendar

Spring Semester

Orientation week- spring

February 27- March 1 (*tentative)

First day of the spring semester

Module 3

March 4

Purim Holiday

March 8

Passover Holiday

April 4- April 15

First day of studies after passover

April 15

Remembrance Day Holiday

April 25

Independence Day Holiday

April 26

Module 4

May (exact date TBA)

Students Day (no studies after 12:00)

May 24

Shavuot Holiday

May 27

Last day of the spring semester

June 22

Grades and Transcripts

Checking your grades in the computing system

Clicking HERE will enable you to view your grades once they are updated in the system.

You will need to enter your student number (ID number) and your 4-digit code (Personal Code). If you are unable to view your grade, that means the grade is yet to be updated in the system.


Once all of the grades have been submitted to the system, the exchange office orders the transcript. When the transcript arrives, a scanned version is sent to the student via email, and two hard copies are sent via regular mail to the student's home university. The entire process can take up to one month

Library and Computer Lab

Computer Laboratory

The computer lab is located on floor zero. During the semester it's open on Sundays to Thursdays from 08:00-21:30 and on Fridays until 12:45. you can log on using your personal details.

Tel: 640-7388

Tel: 640-7388

The Brender-Moss Library of Social Sciences and Management
The Library of Social Sciences and Management serves the research needs of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Management. It is situated in a spacious three-story building conveniently located between the two faculties. Along with its large and comprehensive collection of books, the library subscribes to some 1800 periodicals. It also maintains various collections on subjects such as accounting, banking, insurance, and marketing and houses collections on the European Union and the World Trade Organization, as well.
The fully computerized library is a member of the ALEPH system, an online network providing access to libraries in all institutions of higher learning in Israel. In addition, the library offers a wide range of electronic information sources and access to online databases around the globe.

Openning Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 08:30-21:00, Friday from 09:00-12:45

The Financial Database

The Faculty's computerized financial database includes comprehensive information on most firms actively traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange - a resource used both in advanced seminars in finance and accounting and by scholars from the University and other institutions. The database contains in-depth input on stock exchange activity on a daily basis; detailed accounting data compiled from corporate financial statements; micro-economic indices including economic growth indicators, general price behavior, money supply, etc, and average rates of return for various types of investments; detailed data on bonds and their yields. In addition, the Faculty subscribes to the COMPUSTAT and CRSP databases of stock yields and data from the financial reports of firms with stock traded in the US capital markets

Student life

Buddy System

The Buddy System is a project built in collaboration with the Tel Aviv University Student Union especially for our international students. It is a group For students, RUN by students.

The program brings together all of the university's international students and enhances their connection to the city, country and community by connecting them with Israeli students at events held throughout the academic year.

The buddy system will give you the opportunity to meet and build real friendship with Israeli students. The experience will be enhanced by Buddy System activities such as trips, lectures, volunteering, parties and more!

Through the Buddy System we strive to create a united and multicultural campus at Tel Aviv University.

The project is lead by four students volunteering and a team of passionate students who want to meet you and make your TAU experience unforgettable.

For more information and photos from previous events, check out their Facebook page "TAU Buddy System".

For any information, you can email them at:

At the latest, you will meet them during the orientation week on the campus and they can't wait

About Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv- "the city that never sleeps"

Only two years ago celebrating its centennial, Tel Aviv was founded during the Ottoman Empire in 1909. The first modern Hebrew-speaking city, the name "Tel Aviv" is derived from the Hebrew world "Tel" and which is an archaeological term for an area where you can see the stratum on old cities built upon one another, and the word "Aviv" which means spring. The name is meant to represent "a rebirth."

Just south of Tel Aviv is the city of Jaffa - a city whose foundations date farther back than Jerusalem and hosts the oldest operating port in the word. In the early 1900's a group of Jewish Jaffa residents chose to leave the city of Jaffa to establish a new residential neighborhood just outside the city's boards. This area turned out to be the first neighborhood of Tel Aviv.

With the influx of Jewish immigrants from Europe between the years 1924-1939, Tel Aviv became Israel's major centre of commerce, culture and arts. In 1950, Tel Aviv and Jaffa merged into one municipality - today known as Tel Aviv - Jaffo.

The Tel Aviv of today has maintained its distinction as the cultural and economic hub of the country. In addition, the city boasts a plethora of restaurants, beaches, museums, movie theaters, outdoor cafes, fruit juice stands, boutique shops, bars and clubs. This combination has attracted the nation's youth and young professional crowd in droves. It has also earned the city the reputation of Israel's non-stop city and one of the party highlights of the Mediterranean.

Tel Aviv and surrounding areas (known as Gush Dan) are composed of approximately 2.5 million people, which is about one third of Israel's population. While the actual population within the city's limits is around 350,000, over one million people visit the Tel Aviv daily.

Tel Aviv is a magnet for clubbers and merrymakers from all over the country.

The city's nightlife scene provides a dazzling array of choices to suit almost any taste or desire.
Tel Aviv is all about clubs.

For more information about the night life of Tel Aviv

For Tourist infomation about Tel Aviv

For Time Out magazine in English

For a guide on the beaches of Tel Aviv


Contact Us

For further information please contact us at:

Ms. Sharon Shaked Merkado
Exchange Programs Director
Tel: +972-3-6408069 Fax: +972-3-6405095


Ms. Hila Rachmani

Coordinator Exchange Program

Tel: +972-3-6408493 Fax: +972-3-6406328

Prof. Simon Benninga

Academic Director of International Programs

Tel: +972-3-6406317 Fax: +972-3-6409983


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