» Semester Exchange Program: Bar-Ilan University (Tel Aviv)

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Bar-Ilan University - Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv), Israel

Program Description:

Bar-Ilan University is one of Israel's leading universities and is known for its outstanding academic program. The Faculty of Law of Bar-Ilan University offers a special study program in English for foreign students. The courses will be taught in English and cover various legal fields, all with an international or comparative law component. They will be taught partly by Bar-Ilan's own professors and partly by visiting professors from leading law schools in North America and Europe. Students are also welcome to sit in on regular courses taught to Bar-Ilan students, if their knowledge of Hebrew allows.

Two Fowler Law students may participate in the Bar-Ilan University exchange program each Fall semester. Applications must be made in the Spring semester of a student’s 2L year for participation in the Fall semester of the 3L year.

This program is subject to review by the University and law school on an annual basis. 


Fall 2017

  • Learning Objectives Orientation (required): Must be completed prior to departure. Students must will meet with a Fowler Law faculty advisor to establish learning objectives for their semester participation.
  • Chapman University Study Abroad “First Steps” Orientation (required): Must be completed prior to departure. Please contact Kristin Beavers, Associate Director, Chapman University Center for Global Education, kbeavers@chapman.edu and see the information page at https://web.chapman.edu/CGESignup/
  • Bar-Ilan Orientation Program (required): To be determined, but beginning in October 2017. Please contact Bar-Ilan University Law School for details.
  • Classes Begin: To be determined, but beginning October 2017. Please contact Bar-Ilan University Law School for details.
  • Classes End: To be determined, but late December 2018 (The international program for foreign students closes by the end of December to allow students to return to their home institutions in time for the spring semester. All assignments can be completed before the end of December. It is offered only in the Fall Semester. Please contact Bar-Ilan University Law School for details.)
  • Evaluation and Assessment (required): Must be completed upon return. Students must meet with a Fowler Law faculty advisor to review their learning objectives and complete an evaluation of their participation and the degree to which learning objectives were met.

Applications must include:

Study Abroad Application
Personal Statement
Curriculum Vitae
Name of a Fowler faculty member who can provide a recommendation
Unofficial transcript

Travel Advisories:

All students considering study abroad should review U.S. Government Travel Information, and especially any relevant official Travel Warnings. Links to up-to-date information are available at the Chapman University Center for Global Education website at https://www.chapman.edu/international-studies/center-for-global-education/student-resources/living-abroad.aspx .

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+ - Tuition and Fees:

Students in the exchange program will pay regular tuition and fees to Fowler School of Law, and must purchase Chapman University student health insurance unless they provide proof of other primary insurance, as well as secure traveler’s health insurance.  

+ - Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Fowler Law students who receive financial aid or scholarships should arrange to meet with Kathleen Clark, Chapman University Director of Graduate Financial Aid, katclark@chapman.edu

+ - Cost of Living:

Students must pay costs of travel to and from the Israel, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. Information is available from the Office of Global Education at Chapman University.

+ - Health Insurance Requirements:

Students in the exchange program must purchase and maintain insurance for doctor visits, hospitalization or surgery.  Students must provide Chapman University with proof of insurance, including name of the insurer and policy numbers. Insurance may be obtained through a private insurer, or through Chapman University.

Chapman University requires student to register for International Medical Insurance and Assistance Services through ACE Travel Assistance Program. Further information is available at the Chapman University Risk Management webpage: https://www.chapman.edu/faculty-staff/risk-management/travel.aspx

+ - Housing:

Bar Ilan University does not provide housing, though some accommodations may be available through the Bar Ilan University Student Association. Most students arrange for their own housing in rented apartments near the campus. The Bar-Ilan Exchange Program Coordinators can provide assistance on how to find housing.

+ - Language of Instruction:

English (Students may take Bar-Ilan courses in Hebrew if they are already proficient in that language.)

+ - Pre- or Co-requisites:


+ - Academic Requirements:

Fowler Law students are required to have a GPA of 2.6 or better to apply for the exchange program. Students must enroll full-time during the exchange semester.

To participate in this program, Fowler Law students must have completed prior to their 3L year a minimum of 4 of the 5 required upper level doctrinal courses (Professional Responsibility, Basic Federal Income Tax, Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Corporations (or alternatively, Business Associations.)) In addition, prior to their 3L year, participating Fowler Law students must have completed two of the three Practice –Oriented Writing and Lawyering Skills courses. In some instances, with approval of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Fowler Law students may be permitted to participate in the program having completed fewer of their upper level requirements.

Academic credits at Bar-Ilan University are generally equivalent to U.S. universities; students will work with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to determine appropriate conversion of units from Bar-Ilan to the Fowler School of Law. Credit cannot transfer until a student completes all course requirements at Bar-Ilan University and the Law School receives notification of such in an official transcript from Bar-Ilan University. For more information about the courses taught in English, please see the Bar-Ilan University website.

Fowler Law students will be required to keep and submit syllabi for courses taken during their semester abroad, as well as information demonstrating the number and length of class sessions.

Please consult the Fowler Law Registrar’s Office regarding the details of the registration process.

+ - Grading Policies:

Students will receive graded transcripts from Bar-Ilan University, but will be assigned Pass/No Pass grades on their Fowler Law transcripts. A grade of "Pass" is equivalent to C- or better; lower grades receive “No Pass.”

+ - Passport/Visa Requirement:

Students must have a passport and are required to obtain a student visa to study in Israel.

Program advisors for the Bar-Ilan University Exchange Program

Shai Stern, Ph.D.
Director of Int'l Programs

Ortal Shemesh
Coordinator of International Programs
Faculty of Law, Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan 52900, ISRAEL
Telephone: ++972-3-5318415

Learn more about the Bar-Ilan University Exchange Program
See http://law.biu.ac.il/en/node/164 for further information regarding the exchange program at Bar-Ilan University School of Law.