Studying for a PhD in Israel will give you the chance to experience everything this diverse country has to offer. Israel, with a fascinating blend of cosmopolitan cities, ancient heritage sites and stunning beaches, will make your time working for a doctorate unforgettable.
Combined with the country’s exceptional educational system, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Israel is the destination for many PhD students wishing to study abroad.
Culture and tourism
Visitors to Israel do not need to look far when it comes to cultural attractions. From the beautiful beaches, Bauhaus architecture and thriving nightlife of Tel Aviv, to the sacred sites and ancient monuments of Jerusalem, Israel is a country overflowing with culture.
The cities of Israel are also home to many impressive museums. From modern art galleries to museums dedicated to important historical events, there will be a museum for you no matter what your interests.
Outside of the cities there are other major landmarks to explore such as the Red Sea, the Dead Sea and the Caesarea National Park. You will also find Israel has plenty to offer in the way of scenery with everything from sweeping desert landscapes to lush forests in the north.
Something that occasionally catches out newcomers to this country is that as a Jewish country, Israel celebrates Shabbat, a religious day of rest that begins Friday afternoon and extends to Saturday evening. During this time much of Israel, especially Jerusalem, shuts down – public transport stops operating, and many markets and shops close early on Friday.
Sports and leisure
Sport plays an important part in Israeli life, the largest sports being football and basketball. You will also have the option of plenty water sports including diving, surfing and kayaking as well as plenty of great hiking trails, such as those running through in the Ein Gedi nature reserve.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking to relax, then look no further than Israel’s beaches. With its population centres strung along the coast of the Mediterranean, you have quite a number to choose from and they are among the most beautiful in the world.
Food and drink
There is plenty of food to try in Israel and you’ll have to try quite hard to have a bad meal. From simple fresh veggies, fruit, fish and meat the food in Israel has a reputation for having great flavour.
Among the most recommended dishes for those visiting Israel is hummus. Probably the most prevalent dish in Israeli cuisine and definitely among the most delicious. The many varieties of hummus sold in Israel are typically served with hot pitta bread.