Studying in Israel

Studying in Israel

Pursuing your studies at MSIH means the chance to live in Israel — a country with incredible history, cultural vibrancy, and deep religious and spiritual significance. Living in Israel, you’ll be exposed to a mosaic of people with a wide range of cultural, political and religious beliefs.

Why Israel?

  • Study medicine in a highly diverse country that leads in bioscience and medical technologies and offers a developed and respected medical infrastructure
  • Benefit from one of the most highly regarded education systems in the world
  • Train in the only country that matches the 97% first-time pass rate of U.S. medical schools in USMLE Clinical Knowledge exams
  • Build relationships with Israeli students and faculty as well as other international students
  • Enjoy a new and exciting culture that offers a comfortable city life with a relatively low cost of living
  • Explore global attractions such as the holy city of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Masada, Mitzpeh Ramon and the ruins of Avdat

Getting Around in Israel

As a student living in Beer-Sheva, you will have the opportunity to explore the wonders of greater Israel. Israel Railways high-speed train service is the quickest and most convenient way to travel throughout the country, with Beer-Sheva as your starting point. The city has two train stations: the university train station (with a bridge connecting it to the main campus) and the central train station (next to the central bus station, near Kanyon HaNegev shopping mall). Israel’s train service connects you to Ben-Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and the north. Get more information about train travel.

Other options for travel in Israel include the Metropoline (Hebrew) or Egged intercity bus services, which travel all over the country including to the popular destination of Eliat on the Red Sea.

Traveling to Europe

Many budget airlines offer cheap flights from Israel to destinations all across Europe. Israelis often pop over to Berlin for a weekend, London for some shopping, or Paris for a quick taste of the gourmet. MSIH students are frequent customers too, using free weekends to explore the continent. See easyJet or Ryanair for examples.

Money and Banking

Currency

The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is the official monetary unit in Israel.

Banks

Beer-Sheva is served by several commercial banks with numerous overseas branches. Most of the main banks are located in the Old City and have branches in every neighborhood. There is also a branch of Bank Ha’Poalim on campus. All major banks are accessible through the web.

Advice for Banking in Israel

  • You can exchange foreign currency at a bank (with service charge) or at the main post office (without service charge).
  • ATMs are readily available.

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