Application Requirements

Application Requirements, Tuition, Dorm Availability 

We strive to create a diverse body of students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including archaeology, history, ancient linguistics, biblical studies, and theology. However, archaeology is rapidly evolving into an interdisciplinary field and students with degrees outside of the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply as well.


The application deadline is August 15th - In exceptional cases, students may be accepted after the deadline.


In case of restrictions connected to the COVID-19 situation, please note that the program has put in place an alternative of long-distance learning. If physical presence is not possible, you will be able to participate in your courses remotely and once permitted, resume them in person without this affecting your ability to complete the program.


Students can apply online via the TAU International website. 

Once the online application is completed, prospective students will submit:

  • Previous academic records (original BA transcript is mandatory + original transcripts for transferred credits (if relevant), additional diplomas and transcripts are optional)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge (original documents).
  • A personal statement.
  • Scanned passport + passport photo.



  • Students must have a GPA above 3 or 80%.
  • Students who are not native English speakers and who have not completed their undergraduate studies in English at an English speaking country will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimal IELTS requirements: Overall band score of 7.0. Minimal TOEFL requirements: Paper-based test – 573, computer-based test – 230, internet-based test – 79.

All applicants applying to TAU International English-speaking programs who are from non-English speaking countries or are non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English proficiency as part of the application requirements. To view specific instructions for completing this step, please  see >.




Master of Arts (M.A.) in Ancient Israel Studies from Tel Aviv University

Tuition: $10,500 (not including medical insurance).

The total cost of the program includes four tutorial semesters + summer excavation, 8-6 field trips to archaeological sites such as Megiddo, and Masada, student union membership, library access and student fees to the university.

* 273$ charge for the security and welfare fees for the second year


Please note – The final price includes four semesters. Extra semester if needed will cost a $775 fine fee.

Students are required to contact the TAUintl office regarding medical insurance.

Israeli students are required to sign up at the Tel Aviv University website.




PLEASE NOTE: Dorm rooms availability is limited.

Students who confirm their participation in the program AFTER June 1st might not be allocated a room.

Students MUST state their dorm room request in the confirmation form as well as inform the program manager, Debora Menahem, of their dorm room request.



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