Welcome to the Hinrich Foundation’s Orientation page for all Global Trade Leaders attending Tel Aviv University Recanati Business School’s Sofaer International MBA program!

On the left sidebar you find a list of informational resources related to student life in Tel Aviv. These have been created by our current scholars attending TAU to better prepare you for your arrival and ensure the smoothest transition when you start university.

Have a great first semester and congratulations again on being chosen for the Hinrich Global Trade Leadership Program!

Pre-arrivalArrivalClassesLiving at Tel AvivTransportationActivitiesEmergency numbers and contacts

Pre-arrival – Before you get to school

HF documents: Since you are offered a Hinrich Foundation scholarship, scholars has to provide and check some documents and information needed from sponsor such as essay writing, MoU, and student’s stipend that has to submit on time and provide the information correctly and honestly.

University documents: there are many documents the Sofaer IMBA requires to fill-out and submit on time. The HF coordinator will ask through the email or phone to provide the information and documents required from university.

Passport: in the meanwhile running and providing the documents to HF and TAU, scholars should make sure as well that his/her passport is not expired in 6 months. If in case do not have passport yet, that you have to run document to make a passport which allow you to travel.

Visas for Foreign Students: To apply for a student visa please contact your local Israeli Consulate or Many embassies/consulates will require an acceptance letter and proof of a return ticket. In most cases the official letter of acceptance your received attached to your acceptance email should work fine. If not, please be in touch with the staff of Sofaer IMBA. Depending on your country of citizenship, you may have the option to apply for a student visa once in Tel Aviv. However, it is strongly recommended to apply in your local Israeli Consulate or Embassy prior to your arrival.

Transportation: after finished whole processes of requirement, time to organize travel to Tel Aviv. Scholars should check the university time schedule and make sure should arrive before formal school registration 5 days in order to be ready on place to stay and get familiar with the school and its environment. For the flight booking, scholar should books returned flight within 21 days. Scholars can get reimbursement from HF latter when arrived Tel Aviv as actual amount of payments in domestic and outside country.

What to pack?

  • For School: In general, Israel is a very casual place. Business attire is really just starting to become the norm for day-to-day time at the office and most Israeli’s still won’t wear a tie to an important meeting. Combine this attitude with a very hot and humid summer climate and you get a relatively casual professional atmosphere. During certain Career Management sessions, site visits, case competitions, conferences, and networking events, students will be asked to dress in formal business attire.
  • For Play: Overall you should pack lots of light clothing for the fall/summer/spring (including your bathing suit!). Winter in Tel Aviv (if it’s a good winter) is rainy, so make sure to pack an umbrella, a waterproof jacket and shoes in addition to your warm clothes. Since most houses are not well insulated in Israel, it should be noted that December through February can be quite chilly outside as well as inside. We also recommend you bring a few nice ―dress up items for cocktails, parties, clubs etc… (You are in Tel Aviv after all).
  • For the Outdoors: Israelis in general are very outdoor-oriented. Throughout Israel are thousands of hiking trails, hundreds of places to go camping, and many places for swimming, horseback riding, ATV’ing, and (even) skiing!. Although you can buy much of your outdoor equipment in Israel, it’s recommended to bring your favorite equipment with you.
  • Computer Requirement: All students in the program are required to have a laptop with up to date Microsoft software. Use of Excel 2007/2010 is crucial in many classes. If you have an Apple computer, you will have to run Windows on it concurrently. The Excel version for Apple computers will not be sufficient.
  • You can get familiar with the university campus before arrival, by checking the following website: http://www.youvisit.com/telaviv.html

Arrival : Getting from the airport, ID Cards and Banking

Arrival at the airport: Upon your arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport there are 2 different ways you can get to Tel Aviv.

  • Train: From the arrival hall follow the signs to the train station which is located in the airport on Level S of the Landside Building. Train tickets can be purchased through automated ticket dispensers and cost 15 NIS one way.
  • Taxi: Just outside the arrivals hall is the taxi cue. There is a flat fare for Tel Aviv of approximately 120 – 130 NIS (This price will be higher on Friday night or Saturday). If you ask a taxi driver to turn on the meter, they are required by law to do so. If they claim the meter is broken, get a new taxi.

Transport to the university

  • By Bus: The Dan bus company runs a number of buses to the university from Tel Aviv. Buses 13, 24, 25, and 127 are the most convenient bus lines for students coming from Central Tel Aviv. Once the official school year begins after the Sukkot holiday, you will have the chance to purchase a Dan bus pass with a significant student discount. To purchase you must have your student card. Further details will be provided at Orientation.
  • By Train: The University train station in Tel Aviv (called Tel Aviv University) is located approximately 15 minutes by foot from the Recanati Business School. During the academic school year there is a shuttle (bus 27) that runs between the station and the university. You can catch it just outside the main gates.
  • ID Card: you will receive a student ID during the orientation.
  • Health Insurance: The University provides insurance that is included in the cost of tuition. University Health Insurance is non-refundable and is mandatory for all TAU International students.

Banking in Tel Aviv:

To open a bank account in Israel, you will need the following:

  • Passport
  • Student Visa or Work Visa
  • Another ID
  • Residential Lease
  • Letter of approval to program

The most convenient banks near the campus are:

  • Bank Discount: Located next to King George in Antin Square (near the main entrance)
  • Bank Hapoalim: 6 Barth Street
  • Bank Leumi: Next to Mega grocery store

Classes: Course preparation and reviews

Course Catalogue: Please check the Course Catalogue 2013/2014 page on the website of Sofaer IMBA. This is subject to change and as the year approaches. A full list of courses will appear in our General Guideline Booklet.

Academic advising: academic advising for the Sofaer IMBA will be provided by Prof. Simon Benninga. Prof. Benninga will be available to advise students regarding electives, waivers, exchange opportunities and overall learning strategies for students.

Language Course: The Sofaer IMBA program includes the possibility to take Hebrew language courses during Modules 1 to 4. Additional languages are offered by Tel Aviv University’s Division of Foreign Languages and TAU International. Please note that currently language courses will not count for credit and most courses are conducted in the given language and Hebrew.

Living in Tel Aviv – Housing, shopping and other establishments

On-campus housing: Tel Aviv University does offer a limited number of dormitories for graduate-level students. Dorm rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Outside the campus or off-campus housing: Many students opt to find an apartment in Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv or commute from surrounding towns. Apartment hunting in Tel Aviv can be quite time consuming and the process can be lengthy. This can be partially explained by the extremely fast-moving market. Students are advised to set time aside specifically for apartment hunting prior to the start of the program. 2-3 weeks is recommended. Students may also want to consider finding a short-term rental for the first couple of weeks before finding an apartment. Hostels are another temporary option. For more about hostels, see http://www.hostelsweb.com/cities/telaviv.html.

Cost of accommodation: Depending on a variety of factors, you should be prepared to pay anywhere from 2500 NIS (living with 1 or 2 roommates) to 4600 NIS (living alone) per month for a partially furnished apartment.


  • Just a two minute walk outside the university’s main gates on Einstein St. (next to the dorms), is a grocery store catered to students that has particularly good prices. It’s worth it to check out Machsanai Yahav (formerly Super Bonus) on the way to the bus stop.
  • The larger grocery stores in Israel are: Supersol, Mega, and Tiv Ta’am. Supersol and Mega are closed on Shabbat everything in the store is Kosher. Tiv Ta’am on the other hand also sells non-kosher products and is open on Shabbat.
  • Also open on Shabbat is AM:PM. AM:PMs sell fresh produce and most staple groceries, though there is usually no meat or cheese counter. As the name suggests, AM:PMs are always open.
  • Another great way to shop is by visiting the markets. Carmel Market located at the intersection of King George, Allenby, and Sheinkin is a great place to get ANYTHING you might ever need. Beyond food, the market also has stores that sell flowers, hardware, clothes, etc.
  • Shuks are also great for other kinds of shopping like: Nahalat Binyamin – An arts and crafts market held every Tuesday and Friday with live music and entertainment. It’s parallel to Shuk Hacarmel. Shuk Bezalel – Discount clothes. off of King George St., close to the corner of Allenby Street. Shuk Levinsky – An amazing market for spices, nuts, dried fruit, etc. If you’re looking for some antiques or vintage items check out the Shuk Hapishpishim in Jaffa.


  • There is definitely no shortage of shopping in Tel Aviv. In the downtown area the major shopping streets include Sheinkin, King George St, Bograshov, and Dizengoff. Shopping on these streets can range from very affordable to very expensive!
  • There are a number of malls in Tel Aviv: Dizengoff Center (Dizengoff and King George), Azrieli (Kaplan and Begin St.), Ramat Aviv Mall (Einstein and Brodetsky), and if you’re willing to go a little further, Ayalon Mall (bus 20 from Tel Aviv) is generally a very affordable mall will lots of good stores.
  • There are also outdoor markets such as Nachalat Binyamin–an artist’s market open on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Friday there are also markets open in the Tel Aviv Port and Jaffa Port.

Movie Theatres

  • Ayalon Mall – YES Movie Theater
  • Rav Chen (Dizengoff Square)
  • Lev Dizengoff Center – on the top and bottom floor of the Dizengoff Center
  • Cinema City – off the highway near Herzliya
  • Cinemateque (Carlibach and Ha’Arbaah)
  • Gat – Across from Rabin Square

Laundry: There are many Laundromats throughout the city. In general, self-serve laundry should cost around 15 NIS per load. Dryers will be cost less– around 10 NIS.   Before you lug all your laundry, be sure to check out what amount of change the machines require.   Many require three 5 shekel coins exactly. The washing machines usually take around half an hour. The dryers will take less time than a standard North American dryer. Be careful to watch your laundry as it dries. Shrinking clothing is not unusual. Dryers usually use 5 shekel and 1 shekel coins. Available at many dry cleaners is laundry service. Cost is determined based on kilograms of laundry. Some locations offer a pick-up and/or drop-off service.

Post Office: There is a post office located just outside the main gates of the university on Levanon St. across from Cafe Greg. There are many services and products that are offered such as: stamps, phone cards, fax services, money changing (better rates than at the bank). You can even buy a credit card there and pay most of your bill. For more information about post offices near you: http://www.israelpost.co.il/.

Transportation – How to get around



Israel Railways: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx

Activities – On-campus clubs and international travel

Sofaer IMBA Professional Interest Groups

Time being a scarce commodity in a one-year MBA, Interest Groups provide a platform for students to connect to others with common professional interests for the purpose of sharing contacts, facilitating small group encounters and providing mutual support in the networking process.

Sofaer IMBA Student RepresentativesBeing a Student Rep is a great opportunity for any student interested in a leadership position. Student Reps are the main liaison between staff and Sofaer IMBA students. The Student Reps will meet with the Sofaer Class Coordinator and Career Advisor on a monthly basis, in order to promote open communication between the staff and students. These meetings will allow for the students to relay the ideas, interests and concerns of the class. During these meetings the Reps will also be informed of any important information that needs to be relayed to the class. The Reps will play an active role in the planning and decision-making process that will help develop the program throughout the year. Towards the end of Orientation Week we will be holding Student Rep Elections.

Buddy System:

The Buddy System is a project built in collaboration with the Tel Aviv University Student Union especially for our international students. It is a group For students, RUN by students. The program brings together all of the university’s international students and enhances their connection to the city, country and community by connecting them with Israeli students at events held throughout the academic year.The buddy system will give you the opportunity to meet and build real friendship with Israeli students. The experience will be enhanced by Buddy System activities such as trips, lectures, volunteering, parties and more. Through the Buddy System we strive to create a united and multicultural campus at Tel Aviv University. For more information and photos from previous events, check out their Facebook page “TAU Buddy System“. “. For any information, you can email them at: [email protected]

MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel: 

Recanati is home to the Israeli chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, a global non-profit organization (started at MIT, 1978) dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people. The Forum organizes conferences, workshops, consultation programs and other activities where entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors and technologists exchange insights about how to effectively grow high-tech ventures while adapting to dynamic market risks and overcoming challenges. (www.mit-forum.org.il)

IsraelDev, Tel Aviv University:

A grassroots movement which seeks to foster an environment which supports and promotes international development in Israel, the IsraelDev network is working to both strengthen the existing international development community in Israel and to raise awareness among the broader public of the immense potential of Israeli technological and social innovation to solve challenges in the developing world.​ (http://www.israeldev.org/)

Tel Aviv University’s Student Union: 

The mandate of the Student Union is to enrich the experience of Tel Aviv University’s 30,000+ student population. Student Union activities include: helping students enjoy the rich cultural and social life of the University, connecting students to volunteer and community activities, and building meaningful platforms for connection between Israeli and international student populations. http://english.tau.ac.il/student_union

StarTAU – Tel Aviv University’s Entrepreneurship Center: StarTAU provides entrepreneurs with holistic support and guidance in the pursuit of their venture. Activities include: events, workshops, training seminars and industry tours. Additionally, StarTAU’s international department is committed to building connections with entrepreneurs, investors, businesses, hubs and officials around the world and coordinates a number of annual activities geared towards the international community. (http://startau.co.il)

Net Impact, Tel Aviv University Chapter:

Tel Aviv University’s hosts the only Israeli branch of the Net Impact – an international organization that promotes and supports over 30,000 members worldwide who care about sustainability and using their jobs and campuses to make an impact that benefits not just profit, but people and planet too. (http://imba.tau.ac.il/netimpact)