Study engineering abroad in Israel

Founded in 1994 and modeled after Ivy League universities, IDC Herzliya is a non-profit, private university dedicated to excellence in education and research.

IDC Herzliya takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining theory with real word experience. IDC offers programs in law, business, communication, computer science, government, psychology, economics, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Due to recent events in Israel and Gaza and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, we will NOT be accepting applications for IDC Herzliya for Spring 2015. The US State Department has also issued a Travel Warning for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.


Exchange students are required to take between 15 and 18 credits (units) per semester. It is recommended you take 16 credits. Most courses are 3 credits.You can choose a combination of courses from different disciplines, as long as you meet the prerequisites for the courses and there is space available in the course.

Semester Dates

Fall semester is from mid-October to the end of January. Spring semester is from mid-February to mid-June. Because the end of the IDC fall semester conflicts with the start of the USC spring semester, USC students can only attend IDC in the spring semester.

Course Work

Courses at IDC Herzliya are usually between 2-4 credits (units). The normal course load each semester for IDC students is 5-8 courses, depending on the number of credits. Acceptance into selected courses is determined by the exchange program staff in consultation with faculty members. Course availability changes from year to year, subject to teachers and resources available. All students are subject to enrollment caps and prerequisites. The final course selection and registration takes place on arrival at IDC Herzliya, after students have received the course schedule.

Many courses, including calculus and physics, at IDC Herzliya are taught in Hebrew. The Efi Arazi School of Computer Science typically offers 2-3 courses in English each spring semester. These courses require freshmen level programming as a prerequisite and offer an introduction to gate logic, digital architectures and computer organization.

Past courses include:

From Nand to Tetris (Formerly ‘Digital Systems Construction’)

Computer Graphics

Web Application Security

Cloud Computing Development

Mobile Applications Architecture

Image Processing


Computer Vision

Computability & Complexity

Algorithms Design

Digital Architectures

Actual courses vary on a year-to-year basis. Exchange students are also able to take courses at the Raphael Recanati International School, which offers full degree programs in English. Courses are offered in business, communications, psychology, government, and entrepreneurship.


Exchange students may live in IDC housing, which are privately-owned apartments rented to IDC and then sublet to groups of 3-6 students. The apartments are located in residential areas throughout Herzliya.


USD Housing Cost Per Semester


USD Refundable Security Deposit
IDC makes every reasonable effort to place students, but exchange students are not guaranted IDC housing. For more information at housing at IDC, please visit their website. You are responsible for paying your housing costs to IDC.

Medical Coverage

All IDC students are required to have comprehensive health insurance coverage. IDC has made arrangements Harel Yedidim for international students who are not covered by Israel’s compulsory health insurance. You will also be covered USC Overseas Studies Insurance while abroad. Both are mandatory and neither can be waived, no exceptions.

Visa Requirements

Visa requirements vary based on your country of citizenship. You will either need a Tourist Visa (B2) or Student Visa (A2). The IDC staff can assist you with obtaining your visa. More information about the immigration requirements for Israel can be on the website for the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles. You are responsible for paying all costs associated with obtaining your visa.

Published on August 22nd, 2016

Last updated on September 17th, 2020