Open University of Israel

Distance learning makes more than 700 accredited courses available to students wherever and whenever they choose to study.

The Open University of Israel (OUI) was established in 1974 with the distinct mission of expanding access to higher education to all segments of Israeli society.  The OUI achieves this vital goal by combining a unique open admissions policy and rigorous academic standards with a broad range of cutting-edge distance learning methods.

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46,000 students are currently studying at the OUI, more than at any of the other seven universities in Israel.  OUI students include young adults who need to work fulltime, soldiers on active duty, gifted high school students, professionals seeking higher degrees, ultra-Orthodox Haredi men and women, as well as Druze, Christians, and Muslim Arabs

Open Admission – Unlike other universities and colleges in Israel, no high school diplomaor exams are required for admission.  Once enrolled, students must take responsibility for their own studies, budget and manage their time, be self-motivated and, most of all, be able to meet the demanding academic course requirements.

Open admission opens higher education to all, including talented and motivated students with limited academic credentials or preparation.

Distance Learning — OUI’s innovative teaching method is based on tutored independent studies.  Students receive all course materials and course websites provide online access to mentors, classmates and additional resources.  Students study at home and submit assignments online.  They receive tutoring and interact with others in the course at any of more than 50 Study Centers located throughout Israel. To ensure academic integrity, students take final exams in person at the study centers at a specified time.

Distance learning opens higher education to all by eliminating the barriers of distance and time since students can study wherever and whenever they choose.

Flexibility– Students do not need to apply to a particular degree program or structured course of study.  They enroll on a course-by-course basis and work toward a degree at their own pace.

Flexible course-by-course enrollment opens higher education to anyone unable to attend traditional universities due to work or personal responsibilities.

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