Bar Ilan University
Israel's Second Largest Academic Institution

Bar Ilan University is the second largest academic institution after the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

It is located in the city of Ramat Gan part of the Greater Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area.

Campus of University of Bar Ilan in Metropolitan Tel Aviv

Conceived in America

It was conceived in 1950 by a group of Jewish Americans, and founded in 1955 by an American Rabbi Professor Pinkhos Churgin. It was described by the New York Times as an important link between the new State of Israel and the United States of America. It was named after Rabbi Meir Bar Ilan (formerly Berlin) who served as an inspiration for the founding of this institution.

Even though he was an orthodox Rabbi, he believed that there is room for a University providing secular academic studies together with the religious Torah learning.

It has about 27,000 students including those of the affiliated colleges, and 1,400 faculty members

Its purpose is "To blend tradition with modern technologies and scholarship, and teach the compelling ethics of Jewish heritage to all... to synthesize the ancient and modern, the sacred and the material, the spiritual and the scientific”

The Faculty of Psychology at Bar Ilan

Great Changes since 1955 to the present day

It all started as a Jewish Religious institution and almost all students were religious, but it has changed during the years to a more open approach and today bar Ilan University is open to non religious Jew and many Arabs

Archaeology has a high priority here and Bar Ilan has partnered with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot in a joint Archaeological Science program.

Bar Ilan offers a BA Program taught entirely in English for the benefit of those English speaking students that want to spend some time studying in Israel.

Brain Research Building in Bar Ilan

There are eight active faculties in this University

Faculty of Jewish Studies

  • Bible Studies
  • Hebrew & Semitic Languages
  • Jewish History
  • Contemporary Jewry Studies
  • Jewish Thought
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Land of Israel Studies & Archaeology
  • Jewish Art
  • Literature of the Jewish People
  • Talmud & Jewish Oral Law

Faculty of Life Sciences

  • The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences
  • BioMedIn
  • Biotechnology
  • Computational Biology – Bioinformatics
  • Biophysics
  • Ecology & Plant Sciences
  • Immunology & Cancer Research
  • Microbiology & Virology
  • Neurobiology
  • Structural & Computational Biology
  • Cellular & Developmental Biology

Unity Park in the center of Bar Ilan University

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Business Administration
  • BA (English) in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Political Studies
  • School of Communication
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Social Work
  • Criminology
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Education
  • Geography & Environment
  • Management
  • International MBA
  • MHA - Master of Health Administration
  • Logistics Management
  • Integrated Studies in Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities

  • Information Science
  • The Graduate Program in Creative Writing
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • English Literature & Linguistics
  • Linguistics in Clinical Research Program
  • French Studies
  • Arabic
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Comparative Literature
  • Classical Studies
  • Music
  • Asian Studies Program
  • General Philosophy
  • General History
  • Multidisciplinary B.A. in the Humanities


Faculty of Exact Sciences

  • Computer Science
  • Optometry
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee

Faculty of Law

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Brain Sciences
  • Nanotechnology
  • Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies Progam
  • Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Gender Studies

Advanced Torah Studies

  • The Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies
  • The Beit Midrash for Men (Kollel)
  • The Midrasha for Women

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