The higher education system in Israel is made up of universities; non-university institutions of higher education that have been accredited to award degrees; other academic colleges, liberal arts as well as technological, that award bachelor’s degrees in a variety of programs; academic teacher training colleges that award B.Ed. degrees...
regional colleges that offer academic courses for which universities are academically responsible; extensions or branches of foreign institutions of higher education that have obtained a license from the Council for Higher Education in Israel.
Higher education in Israel is under the direct jurisdiction of the Council for Higher Education, which is responsible for accrediting and authorizing institutions of higher education to award degrees. It is this jurisdiction which distinguishes the higher education system from the post-secondary education system which does not lead to an academic degree.
The following universities engage in both teaching and research: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the Weizmann Institute of Science (a research institute that offers graduate programs).
These institutions offer undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and business administration. Some offer programs in law, medicine, dental medicine, paramedical studies, pharmacy, agriculture, applied sciences, engineering and architecture. The Open University in Israel offers undergraduate courses (and in some cases graduate courses) in the humanities, social sciences, business administration, and natural sciences and is based on distance-teaching.