Study Medicine in Israel – Medical School at BGU

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Thinking about pursuing medical school in Israel? 

MSIH is BGU’s Medical School of International Health, specializing in teaching and training young doctors to serve a variety of communities worldwide.

Pursuing medical school in Israel at MSIH means the chance to live, study, and train in Israel — a country with an incredible history, cultural vibrancy, and deep religious and spiritual significance. Therefore, while living in Israel, you’ll be exposed to a mosaic of people with a wide range of cultural, political, and religious beliefs.

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Why Israel?

2015 student in Jerusalem

  • Studying at a medical school in Israel is an enriching experience – you’ll be immersed in a cultural melting pot, while at the global forefront of medical innovation.
  • Israel is known for its diversity, and it is also a leader in bioscience and medical technologies, which offers a highly developed and world-renowned medical infrastructure.
  • Benefit from one of the most highly regarded education systems in the world.
  • Build relationships with Israeli students and faculty in the medical school as well as other international students who attend Ben Gurion University.
  • Explore a new and exciting culture in the southern city of Beer-Sheva which offers comfortable city life at a relatively low cost of living.
  • Explore global attractions such as the holy city of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv’s vibrant beaches, the natural phenomenon of the Dead Sea, Masada’s beautiful views, the serenity of the Ramon Crater, and the ancient ruins of Avdat.

Attending medical school in Israel’s desert capital can open up a sea of opportunities. Hear it first hand from our alumni:

Alumni Snapshot
Brian Neese, Class of 2005

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, London, or Paris for a weekend. MSIH students are frequent fliers too, using free weekends to explore the continent. See easyJet or Ryanair, for examples of budget airlines.

Money and Banking


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


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. In addition, you can find a branch of Bank Ha’Poalim on campus. All major banks are accessible through the web and mobile access.

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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