SASI – Southern Africans Studying in Israel

Deciding where to study is a major decision, and Telfed is excited to lead a progressive scholarship programme that encourages Southern African students to study at Israeli universities and colleges. SASI is a joint initiative between Telfed, the Eric and Sheila Samson Foundation and leading Israeli universities and academic institutions.

SASI – Southern Africans Studying in Israel – is a scholarship programme for South African international students who wish to study in Israel, in English and/or Hebrew.

SASI students receive a housing grant and are required to participate in a social programme that affords them a unique opportunity to experience Israel and give back to Israeli society. With a dedicated SASI coordinator and a team of staff available to provide professional advice and a supportive network, Telfed becomes a home away from home.

Over the years, Telfed has worked in close collaboration with a number of Israeli universities to reduce university tuition fees for international students from Southern Africa.

We have a number of partner institutions for both Bachelor and Graduate degrees.

Students who wish to study at Israeli universities not currently on the list of partner institutions may still be eligible for a SASI Scholarship and are invited to apply to SASI. We encourage you to explore your options for post-graduate study in English on the websites of our partner institutions and other Israeli universities.

Students also have the option to apply for a preparatory Hebrew course. An advanced level of Hebrew will give students access to many more courses than what is currently available in English.

SASI’s social programme is open to all Southern African International Students who are studying in Israel, for free. Previous activities have included a shabbaton in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv graffiti tour, volunteering at an animal shelter, shabbat in Tzfat, a segway tour, volunteering with lone soldiers, picnics and more.  For more information, contact Rebecca, our SASI coordinator.

For more information about SASI, contact Simone – admin.esp@telfed.org.il / 09 790 7811

Registration for the 2020/2021 academic year is closed. 

FAQs

You may apply to SASI if you are a Southern African citizen of Jewish lineage (according to the “Law of Return”), with a recognised matric (and university exemption), and with demonstrated financial need.

All Southern African students studying in Israel as international students are invited to participate in the SASI social programme. 

  • Study in English and/or Hebrew and obtain an internationally-recognised academic degree.
  • Explore Israeli culture, history, society and diversity with other Southern African international students.
  • Give back to the community.
  • Expand your social network.
  1. Apply to a university of your choice through the university’s admissions office.
  2. Apply for a SASI housing scholarship.
  3. Send required documentation to our SASI coordinator.
  4. A Skype interview with a SASI staff member will be scheduled after your application has been received.

We have a number of partner institutions for both Bachelor and Graduate degrees.

Students who wish to study at Israeli universities not currently on the list of partner institutions may still be eligible for a SASI Scholarship and are invited to apply to SASI. We encourage you to explore your options for post-graduate study in English on the websites of our partner institutions and other Israeli universities.

Students also have the option to apply for a preparatory Hebrew course (Mechina). An advanced level of Hebrew will give students access to many more courses than what is currently available in English.

SASI scholarship recipients are required to take part in Telfed’s annual SASI social events – including community volunteering, as well as Jewish and Israeli cultural events arranged by Telfed’s scholarship department. The social programme is a compulsory requirement for students who receive the SASI housing grant.

The social programme is no longer exclusive to SASI students. All Southern African students studying in Israel as international students are invited to participate in the SASI social programme.

Tuition fees range from +-13,000 Shekels to $15,000 per year.

A SASI student is eligible to apply for a needs-based scholarship package, awarded to a limited number of students each year.

You are invited to apply for tuition scholarships from Telfed’s partner academic institutions. These
scholarships can cover up to 100% of tuition fees, based on financial need.

In addition to applying for a financial needs-based SASI housing scholarship, as an international student, may also apply for:  

  • a Masa grant –  visit the MASA website or email Tanya Izaki.
  • financial aid directly through your university.
  • scholarships based on academic merit, directly through your university.
  • a work visa to supplement your income.

Southern African students who choose to make Aliyah during the course of their studies are eligible to apply for government benefits for new Olim. In addition, you may be eligible to have all your university tuition paid for by the Israeli government (limited to the cost of tuition fees at public universities. Conditions apply).

You can apply for Mechina or TAKA Programme (pre-academic programmes that prepare you for academic studies in Hebrew).

Telfed offers two scholarship programmes for Southern African Olim. Learn more about Telfed’s PRAS and Financial Need scholarships.

THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF THE SAMSON FAMILY FOUNDATION, PHILIP AND MICHELE KRAWITZ AND OTHER DONORS

Our Partner Institutions

BACHELOR DEGREES IN ENGLISH AT SASI PARTNER INSTITUTIONS


Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzliya (IDC)

(Tuition fees: -+$13,000 up to 50% scholarship available, based on financial need.)

https://www.idc.ac.il/en/schools/rris/pages/home.aspx

Contact Stephanie Miller: smiller@idc.ac.il, +972-9-960-2841


Technion International

(Tuition fees: -+$15,000 up to 65% scholarship available, based on financial need.)

http://int.technion.ac.il/

Contact Rachel Valenta: apply@int.technion.ac.il,  +972-77-887-1897


Tel Aviv University (TAU)

(Tuition fees: -+14,000 Shekels)

https://international.tau.ac.il/node/482

Contact Sharon Zelnick: sharonzel@tauex.tau.ac.il, +972-3-640-7563


Jerusalem College of Technology (Lev Academic Center)

(Tuition fees: -+14,000 Shekels)

http://www.jct.ac.il/en/International-Program-in-English

For men’s campus contact Gaby Novick: gnovick@jct.ac.il

For women’s campus contact Bracha Berger: bberger@jct.ac.il


Bar Ilan University (BIU)

(Tuition fees: -+14,000 Shekels)

www.biuinternational.com

Contact Shira Gafni: shira.gafni@biu.ac.il+972- 3-531-8128


The College of Law and Business

(Tuition fees: -+$10,000 up to 100% scholarship available, based on financial need.)

https://clb.ac.il/en/

Contact Lilach Waldman Akerman: international@clb.ac.il, +972-3-600-0800


GRADUATE STUDIES

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Medical School for International Health (BGU)

(Tuition fees: -+$38,000 up to 25% scholarship available, based on financial need.)

https://msih.bgu.ac.il/

Contact Beth Chesir: chesir@post.bgu.ac.il


MECHINA – STUDY IN HEBREW

Mechina is a one year programme that prepares students to study for a degree in Hebrew at any Israeli academic institution.

Mechina tuition fees are fully covered by MASA.


Hebrew University

https://overseas.huji.ac.il/academics/preparatory-program/mechina-program/

Contact Fabio Redak: fabioredak@gmail.com+972-2-588-2605


Bar Ilan University

https://www1.biu.ac.il/en_ulpan

Contact Keren Rozmarin: mechina.office@biu.ac.il+972-3-531-8653