Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I do not have a background in archaeology?

Yes. We strive to create a diverse body of students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Archaeology is rapidly evolving into an interdisciplinary field and students with degrees outside of the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.



What is the application deadline?

First deadline: April 1st.

Second deadline: August 15th.

Please note that TAU International cannot guarantee dorm rooms for students who confirm their participation in the program after May 30th.



When will I know if I was accepted?

We accept students on a rolling admissions basis. You may expect a decision within two – three weeks after the application process is completed.



How do I apply?

Application instructions can be found on our Apply page



Do I need to take the GRE?

The GRE is not required for admission to the program.



Do I need to submit an English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL/IELTS)?

Students who did not receive their Bachelor degree from a university in an English speaking country will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

TOFEL – minimum of 89 for internet-based tests, 230 for computer-based tests, and 575 for paper-based tests.

IELTS – minimum of 7.0.



Can I be accepted to the program if my undergraduate GPA is below 80?

In very specific cases, the program can appeal to the teaching committee of the faculty for an approval of acceptance.



What degree will I receive?




Is there a thesis track?

Yes. Please see all of our program tracks at our Program Tracks page.



Is the Hebrew Ulpan (Modern Hebrew Studies) a requirement of the program?

We do not require our student to take Ulpan.



Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. Please visit our Scholarships page to learn more.



Can I submit recommendation letters from professional employers?

The acceptance committee usually prefers academic references; however, in certain cases the committee will also consider professional recommendations that can support applicants. You are therefore welcome to submit those as well.



What documents do I need to submit in hard copies for the application process?

Official transcript must be sent to one of the TAU International offices (US, Canada or Israel). Official transcripts for transferred credits must be sent as well.



Can I work while studying?

No. International students who arrive in Israel on a student visa are not permitted to work.



What is the estimated cost of living in Tel Aviv?

A rough estimate is around 1,550 USD per month.

This includes:

Housing (including taxes and bills): 600-800 USD per month.

Transportation: 50-100 USD per month.

Food: 500 USD per month.

Recreation: 150 USD per month.



What excavations are offered by the program?

The program requires active participation in 4 weeks of excavations in one of our affiliate excavation projects.

Excavation payment (2,500 USD) is made directly to the excavation site, which includes 4 weeks of field excavation, field classes, boarding and travel. This fee is part of the overall tuition of the program (total of 18,000 USD)

Students are also welcome to participate in other excavations, at their on expense, as extracurricular activity.

To learn which excavations are on offer this year, please visit our excavations page.




Are the dorms included in the tuition fee?

No. Dorms are not included in the tuition fee.

The cost of a single room in the dorms is 800 USD per month (at the new dorms).

The cost of a shared bedroom in the dorms is 600 USD per month (at the renovated dorms).

The cost includes bills, city taxes and wi-fi internet.

Please note that TAU International cannot guarantee dorm rooms for students who confirm their participation in the program after May 30th.



If I do not want or cannot get a room in the dorms, what are my options?

Here are some apartment rental websites that might assist you in finding accommodation outside the dorms:








You might want to try looking for apartments in other parts of Tel Aviv like Florentine, Jaffa, Yad-Hliyahoo, Bizaron, etc. These areas are usually cheaper than the university’s area of Ramat Aviv.

You might also want to try looking for apartments in adjacent cities such as Ramat-Gan, Giva’atim, Hertzelia, etc. 

If you know Hebrew (or someone can assist you with translations) you can also look at Hebrew websites, where prices will probably be lower, as they are not oriented towards tourists:

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