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When is the deadline for the Sofaer GMBA 2017-18 academic year?

The deadlines are the following:

Deadline Date
Early action Deadline & Deferral Confirmation Deadline January 10, 2017
First Deadline March 27, 2017
Second Deadline  May 29, 2017
Rolling Applications May 30 - September 30, 2017
Last Day to Confirm Program Participation October 20, 2017

When will I hear about my acceptance to the GMBA?

Following each deadline applicants will be informed if they have been accepted, invited to a personal interview, waitlisted, or rejected. Below please find the decision notification deadline. Applicants who would like more information about their current status should contact: imba@post.tau.ac.il.  

 
Deadline Date
Early Action Deadline & Deferral Confirmation Deadline February 9, 2017
First Deadline April 27, 2017
Second Deadline  June 19, 2017
Rolling Applications 1-2 weeks following completed application
Last Day to Confirm Program Participation October 20, 2017
 
What is the difference between the deadlines?

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the earliest deadlines as to better increase their opportunities for success and scholarships. Additionally, international students will need to apply for student visas via their local Israeli embassy/consulate. Obtaining a visa may take up to 6 weeks for processing.

Am I required to have work experience to apply?

Experience has shown that students who have spent a longer time in the workplace tend to be better prepared for the multi-faceted IMBA year. 

Applicants are encouraged to have 4 years of work experience before applying to the program, though the minimum requirement is 2 years. 

 

In exceptionally rare circumstances applicants with less than 2 years of work experience may be accepted. Click for more information about selection criteria.

What is the required GMAT/GRE score?

Applicants should aim for an overal GMAT score of 650, with a score of 45 on the quantitivative section of the exam.  Similarly, applicants writing the GRE exam should aim for approximately 160 on each section of the exam.

Are there waivers for the GMAT/GRE Exam?

The Sofaer International MBA and Tel Aviv University's School of Management has updated its policy regarding GMAT/GRE waivers.  Please review our policy here.

Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS?

No, applicants are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants who do not have mother-tongue level English should expect the Admissions Committee to pay special attention to their verbal score on the GMAT/GRE as well at the analytical writing section on the exams

Are there scholarships offered by the program?

Yes. For more information about Sofaer scholarships, please click here.

Are there other scholarships/loans available?

Yes. More information about scholarships can be found here.

Is the Sofaer GMBA a MASA program?

Yes Applicants must apply for MASA and the Sofaer IMBA separately.  Students with MASA grants need to fulfill certain requirements for the grant.

Can I transfer credits from another institution?

No, we do not accept transfer credits from other institutions towards the degree; however, students may receive exemptions from core courses based on courses take at other institutions. For more details about exemptions, please click here.

Can I defer my acceptance to the following year?

In certain circumstances the Admissions Committee will grant deferrals. Applicants will need to re-apply the following year and provide relevant updated information. Additionally, while deferral of an acceptance will hold the place for an applicant for the next year, it does not guarantee scholarship allotments, and applicants will receive an updated registration letter upon acceptance.

Program Structure

Who studies in the Sofaer GMBA?

Each class of the Sofaer IMBA consists of between 40-50 students from a wide range of professional, academic, and geographic backgrounds. On average the students have 2-4 years of work experience, represent 15 countries and the average age is 28. 

Is the Sofaer International MBA an accredited program?

Tel Aviv University's School of Management is the only business school in Israel to be internationally accredited. The IMBA is accredited by the AACSB

When does the academic year begin?

The 2017/18 Academic Year will begin in October 22nd, 2017. 

Can I apply to begin in the Spring term?

The Sofaer IMBA has only 1 intake per year. Students study together as a cohort and complete the program together, unless studying on exchange.

Where can I find the schedule for the year and a list of courses?

To get a better idea of the schedule for the year and courses offered in the program, please review our course list for 2016/17.

Is there an option to specialize in the program?

The Sofaer International MBA provides students with a strong foundational core in all aspects of business. Students are given a variety of choice for elective courses, however, the program itself is entirely focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, and, therefore, there is no further specialization.

Do I need to know any Hebrew?

No, you do not need to have any Hebrew knowledge to study in the program. However, it is possible for students to take a Hebrew Ulpan in order to enhance their experience in Israel. Students who do speak Hebrew are able to take some courses in the Hebrew MBA programs.

What do you mean by full-time program? How many days/week of class? Can I work?

For the first part of the year (October-February) Courses are generally held 4-5 days a week (Sunday-Friday), between the hours of 8:00 and 18:00. Students will not be able to work during the start of the program.

 

For the remainder of the school year (March-August), most classes are held during the week between 15:45 to 21:30, and Friday mornings, providing time during the day for internships and professional networking.

Is there an exchange option? Who are your exchange partners?

Yes. The final semester of the IMBA can be abroad at one of the School of Management’s over 90+ partner schools. Note: sometimes the exchange does lengthen the program, ending in December instead of August. A select list can be found here, and includes some of the top business schools globally.

Can I take classes in other programs? Will there be opportunities to meet students in other programs?

Yes. We do our best to integrate students in the Sofaer IMBA with Israeli students in its sister program, the MBA in Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Students may also take courses offered in English in the flagship Hebrew MBA program, and other international MA programs at Tel Aviv University.

 

The IMBA also works with the University’s Student Union to provide all international students with the same services as Israeli students.  Additionally, the Student Union runs The Buddy System, which connects international and Israeli students together for long-term cross-cultural interactions. The Buddy System has its own series of events on and off campus, open to all students, which are conducted in English. 

What are tuition and overall costs of attendance?

Tuition for the Sofaer International MBA is $32,000 USD. There is an additional $900 USD fee for the mandatory Intensive Preparatory Sessions. Tuition can be pain in 1 lump sum, or in 4 equal installments via the deferred payment plan. Note: the deferred payment plan has a $100 USD surcharge.

Planning a Visit

Can I request a one-on-one meeting/phone call/Skype call with a member of the Admissions Committee? Can I visit a class?

Absolutely. You can book a meeting here. Applicants are also welcome to sit in on a class and are encouraged to book a visit via the previous link.

Can I connect with alum or a current student about the program?

The Admissions Office will be happy to connect relevant applicants with current students or alum.  Please fill out this form to be connected. 

When is the university Open Day?

The Open Day for Tel Aviv University will be February 3, 2017.  There will be an information session and applicants are invited to come and hear more about the program firsthand. 

How do I get to Tel Aviv University and the Recanati Building at Tel Aviv University?

To arrive at the University from Tel Aviv city center, take buses: 13, 24, 25, 126, 7, or 289.  From Gate 7 (Corner Einstein and Levanon St.), the Recanati Building is the first big white building at the top of the stairs on the right.

What are the office hours in Israel?

The Israeli work week is from Sunday to Thursday, with a few offices also open on Friday mornings. In keeping with this at TAU, administrative offices are open and courses are held from Sunday to Thursday.

 

The Israeli weekend is Friday and Saturday. Stores in Israel are generally open from Sunday to Friday afternoon, closing Friday early evening and opening again on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

Arriving in Tel Aviv

When should I plan to arrive in Israel?

In order to give yourself enough time to acclimate to life in Tel Aviv, applicants are highly recommended to arrive at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the program.

Do I need a student visa?

Students who do not hold an Israeli passport or ID number must obtain a student visa prior to their arrival in Israel. Students are recommended to contact their local Israeli embassy/consulate at least 6 weeks ahead of their arrival. More information about obtaining a visa is provided upon acceptance to the IMBA.

 

Note: all visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date they enter the country. 

Do you provide health insurance?

All international students are covered by an Israeli insurance policy which is included in the program’s tuition fees. More information about insurance can be found on the TAU International website.


Where do students live?

Students have the option to live in the on-campus dormitories or off-campus. 

 

Dormitories are available on a limited first-come first-serve basis and students interested in living in the dorms should apply for the first application deadline

 

Most students prefer to rent an apartment in Tel Aviv. The rent for apartments in Tel Aviv varies in accordance with the apartment size, location, amenities, and lease period. The real estate market in Tel Aviv is very fast-moving and there is a constant supply of available apartments. Following confirmation, students will receive a list of resources to aid them in the apartment search.

What is the estimated cost of living in Tel Aviv?

We estimate the cost of living (food, transportation, rent, etc.) to be $1,000 USD -$1,200 USD per month, though students have been known to live on less, or much more.  

Upon acceptance, applicants are given a number of resources to help them find an apartment and tips for getting used to life in Israel.

How far is the university from the city center?

Tel Aviv University is located in the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo in one of the northern residential neighborhoods called Ramat Aviv. There are several bus lines which reach campus via the city center, and take approximately 20-25 minutes traffic dependent. 

Where can I find a map of the university?

Click here for a map of the university. The Recanati Building is easiest reached by entering through Gate 7.


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