A brief explanation of visa requirements is provided below. Additional material will be included in the pre-departure information that is distributed to admitted students.

We also recommend that you speak directly to the nearest Israeli Consulate for full and updated information.

Student Visa (A-2)

It is absolutely required that students participating in programs of a semester or longer secure a student visa before departure to Israel. A student visa is valid for one year and is obtained through local offices of the Consulate of Israel. In accordance with the recent changes in Israeli visa regulations, students participating in programs of a semester or longer will be refused entry into the State of Israel if they have not obtained a student visa prior to departure.

You will likely be asked to provide:

  • Passport valid for at least two years
  • Letter of acceptance to the OSP program
  • Visa application form (2 copies)
  • Photographs (2)
  • Visa fee

Should the consulate request any other information pertaining to the program, please contact the New York OSP office and we will do our best to assist you.

The visa process can take time. Please be sure to contact your local Consulate as soon as you are accepted to the program in order to begin the process.

Tourist Visa

Students participating in programs shorter than a semester (i.e. the 4 or 6 week ulpan only) and who are American-born or naturalized U.S. citizens may enter Israel on a tourist visa. This visa does not require any prior paperwork before departure. It is issued at Ben-Gurion Airport, at no charge, upon arrival in the country and is valid for three months.


A valid passport is required to leave the United States and enter Israel. It must be valid for at least six months after your return to the U.S. For example, if you plan to return to the U.S. on July 1, 2015, your passport must not expire before January 1, 2016.

If you do not have a passport, or it is expiring or won’t be valid for six months after your return date, it is recommended that you apply for one or renew it immediately. A copy of your passport is required as part of your application.

Information on obtaining/renewing a U.S. passport can be found at your local post office, a U.S. Passport Agency or visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Returning Israelis/Individuals of Israeli Parents

Students born in Israel and holding Israeli passports or who have at least one parent who is an Israeli citizen should contact the nearest Israeli Consulate for updated information as guidelines and regulations regarding this population change frequently.

Non-American and Non-Israeli Students

Please contact the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. or the nearest Israeli Consulate for further information.