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  • Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Lowell Students Language of Instruction: English, Hebrew
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student Areas of Study: Engineering, Visual Design
Program Category: Study abroad Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
Shenkar College

About the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design:
Shenkar's uniqueness as an academic institution lies in the close ties between the two faculties: the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Design. While both the faculties maintain their own special character, they operate joint projects, designed to expose the students to various disciplines. The goal of the Faculty of Engineering is to provide a generation of engineers and managers who will influence the goals and processes of Israeli industry and business. The faculty aspires to be a center for the promotion of research and works closely with industry. This is done through the college's academic staff, which has at its disposal the Shenkar laboratories, workshops and centers all equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. The Faculty of Design has set as its goal the promotion of design and its contribution to society, commerce and industry. The faculty serves as a center for the academic study of design, with the most up-to-date, relevant and forward-looking courses, while cooperating with external elements from the world of design and industry.
  • Shenkar is the first academic institution to operate a wireless campus. This allows dozens of students who have laptop computers to communicate with other users and to access both the college's network and the Internet.
  • Shenkar has achieved an international reputation and is recognized as one of the best institutions of its kind in the world. Graduates of the College are able to continue on to further studies at universities in Israel and abroad.
  • Shenkar graduates hold key roles in commerce, industry and the defense establishment, as well as in R&D and the civil service. Among the graduates of the Faculty of Design are designers many of whom have earned an international reputation.
  • Studies at Shenkar are conducted in Hebrew. Overseas students are able to study at Shenkar if they meet the academic criteria and have a good working knowledge of the Hebrew language.
  • Students can take courses offered in a variety of engineering departments including Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, Plastics, and Software Engineering. Departments of Design are also available.
Shenkar College Campus

Tuition and fees are paid to UMass Lowell. Room and board and other expenses will be paid to the host institution or other arrangement. The deadlines for student exchange applications are March 15 for the Fall semester and October 15 for the Spring semester.

Watch the Story of Shenkar and learn more about Life in Tel Aviv.

How to Apply:
The general entry requirement is a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.  Applicants should normally have completed at least one year of university study at the time of application. UMass Lowell students should first complete the UMass Lowell application process by clicking "Apply Now" on this site.  Once approved for participation, students will be guided through the necessary application to the host university, as well as all the other steps to complete the Pre-Depature and Post-Departure components of their application. 

If students ever have any questions, they can always reach us with their inquiries by email at or by phone at 978-934-4660, and they can find us located on the third floor of University Crossing, Suite 370.

Why Study in Israel?:
Israel FlagIt’s no secret that Israel is a living time capsule that gives us a glimpse into days past. Whether it’s in the holy city of Jerusalem or the 1930’s Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv, Israel is full of stories from bygone eras. Those who wish to earn a degree in history, art history or even religious studies studying abroad in Israel could be the opportunity of a lifetime. In Tel Aviv, students experience life in one of the world's most intriguing and multidimensional cities. A vibrant coastal metropolis on the Mediterranean, Tel Aviv is the cultural, financial, and technological center of Israel. Students explore this truly global city and acquire a sophisticated understanding of Israel, the Middle East and the interrelationships between cultures, political movements, and religious traditions.
  • Tel Aviv is one of the most fashion forward cities in the Middle East, so much so that they even have their own world renowned fashion week every year.
  • The city is marked by its stark 1930s Bauhaus buildings, thousands of which are clustered in the White City architectural area.
  • The city is also known for its accessible beaches and vibrant nightlife ranging from Lilienblum Street’s lounges to Dizengoff Street’s open-air cafes.
  • Tel Aviv Port’s waterfront promenade is lined with shops and restaurants.
Tel Aviv
Student Life:
Shenkar's Student Association is an independent, self-governing student body. Members also belong to the National Union of Israeli Students and benefit from all the advantages afforded to students in Israel and abroad. Shenkar offers students diversified financial support in sports, cultural, educational and social programs.

Furthermore, Tel-Aviv offers young people a dynamic student life. Lonely Planet ranked Tel-Aviv-Yafo as number 3 in the hottest destinations for 2011, thanks to its bustling nightlife, lively art scene, and 14-kilometer beach. One out of three residents in the city is between the ages of 18 and 35, making it a perfect location for your study abroad!
  • Tel Aviv is the ultimate city for any student looking for their next adventure. With over 33% of the city’s residents between the ages of 18 – 35, it’s no wonder that The New York Times declared Tel Aviv the “Capital of Mediterranean Cool.”
  • Tel Aviv is a vibrant international hub of creativity, energy and technology. Experience Tel Aviv’s unrivaled startup ecosystem and discover firsthand why Tel Aviv has been ranked one of the most innovative cities in the world.
  • In Tel Aviv, the sky’s the limit and the world is your classroom. Tel Aviv is a quick bus ride from some of the world’s oldest historical sites, greatest archaeological finds, and greenest hikes. Live the backpacker’s dream, and choose to explore Israel, or hop on a quick flight to Europe, Africa or Asia. 
  • Ranked by as the world’s top gay city, Tel Aviv is free and proud.
Learn more about Student Life in Tel Aviv.

Shenkar College Students
Shenkar College is located in Tel-Aviv and our exchange students usually find their accommodation in private rentals in the centre of town. From there it takes around 15 minutes by bus to reach the College. 

Contact the International Student Service Office for more information about available housing options.

The first class of the college consisted of approx. 100 students, but the college has grown ever since, becoming a public college, recognized by the Israeli Council for Higher Education. During its 45 years of existence, Shenkar produced thousands of engineering, design and art graduates, enjoying incredible success in Israel and worldwide - many of whom assume senior and influential positions. Today, Shenkar offers academic degrees in design and engineering and even joint PhD programs with leading international education institutions.
  • In the Azrieli Faculty of Design, 6 departments offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Design (B.Des): The Department of Visual Communications, The Department of Textile Design, the Department of Interior - Building and Environment Design, the Department of Jewelry Design, the Department of Industrial Design and the Department of Fashion Design, considered one of the best of its kind worldwide.
  • In 2008, a new department was established, the Department of Multidisciplinary Art, which offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (B.F.A), and later, the unique program for a Master’s Degree in Design was introduced (M.Des), offering either a thesis or non-thesis routes for a degree in Fashion, Textile, Jewelry and Accessories Design.
  • In the Pernick Faculty of Engineering, 5 departments offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (B.Sc.): the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, the Department of Plastics Engineering, the Department of Software Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. A Master’s Degree program is offered in the Department of Plastics Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, which offers a unique program for those qualified.
Department Links:
Shenkar College Academics

Important: The courses should be chosen at one faculty only to which the application is consequently sent. It is also necessary to select primarily courses corresponding to the student‘s major at the home university so that the application could be forwarded to a specific department. Only a minor part of courses not corresponding to the major may be selected. 
  • Only after the admission by the relative school, the student may apply to one or two courses at another Shenkar faculty.
  • Courses offered to the Erasmus program students are available for non-European exchange students.
  • It is better though to choose more courses in case some of them would be full.
Academic Year
The Fall semester starts in October and ends in February. The Spring semester starts in February and ends in June. Official information can be found on their website.

Resources: Shenkar College