We are delighted to welcome you to the Open University of Israel (OUI).

The International Office is happy to assist you prior to your arrival and during your stay. Mrs. Alessia Levi, Coordinator of the International Office, can be contacted at [email protected] or by phone at (+972) 09-7782078.

Contact us
We are delighted to welcome you to the Open University of Israel (OUI).

Before arrival

Please complete, sign, and send us the OUI post-doc form.


Entry permits and Visa

פתח הכל
פתח הכל

Useful Information

Important numbers

Police – 100;  
Medical Emergency – 101;     
OUI security - 09-7780999; internal extension: 2999.


Documents required in order to obtain a student visa

Health Insurance

All students and academic visitors must arrange adequate health and accident insurance before arrival. This instruction is the visitor's responsibility. You can choose any international insurance provider; however, we recommend contacting Harel Yedidim, which specializes in student health policies and has English customer service 24/7.
Once you obtain your health insurance, please send a copy of the policy to the International office. 

All spouses must arrange adequate health and accident insurance before arrival. This is the visitor's responsibility. You may choose any international insurance provider; however, we recommend contacting Harel Yedidim, which specializes in student health policies and has English customer service 24/7.
Once you obtain your health insurance, please send a copy of the policy to the International Office.

Accommodations

Accommodations

The OUI does not have dorm facilities. However, if necessary, the university will cover the cost of five nights in a hotel while you look for permanent housing. The International Office will be happy to assist you.

Long and short-term accommodation resources:
Ra'anana and Kfar-Saba are good locations to look into if your work is located on the Ra'anana campus. You may have to contact a realtor to find an apartment in this area. Several real estate offices are located along Ahuza Street in Ra'anana. Furthermore, many apartments are advertised on the following Facebook groups:
  1. Raanana apartments without realtor fees 
  2. Secret Raanana (in English)
  3. Secret Ra’anana and Kfar-Saba
  4. https://www.facebook.com/groups/israloc (rentals in all of Israel)
  5. https://www.isralet.com/


Banking

Banking

You will need to open an Israeli bank account within a few days of your arrival, as your scholarship/ salary and refunds cannot otherwise be transferred.
Many banks have branches in Ra'anana; all are located on Ahuza Street, and most have English-speaking clerks.
For your convenience, some of of the main banks located on Ahuza Street are listed below:
Leumi Bank – 152 Ahuza St.
Mizrahi Bank – 153 Ahuza St.
HaPoalim Bank – 112 Ahuza St.
Discount Bank – 119 Ahuza St.
Once you have opened a bank account, please send us the bank account details so that we can update it in our accountancy system. The form can be found here:

Transportation

Transportation

Please note: Public transportation does not run on Shabbat or Jewish Holidays. Taxis, however, are available 24/7
Bus
Buses and trains in Israel require that passengers have a transportation card called a "RavKav". More information about purchasing and loading the card can be found here.
The R’aanana RavKav store is located at 68 Ahuza St.
Useful transportation apps are Moovit and HopOn. These can be used to plan travel and even load your RavKav.
Train
Ra’anana is served by two train stations: Ra’anana South and Ra’anana West. Visit the Israel Rail website to plan your travel.
Taxi
Israelis mainly use apps to order taxis. The most common apps are Gett and Yango.
Taxi stations near the Ra’anana Campus:
Apple Taxi – 142 Ahuza St. Tel. 09-7444433
Renanim Taxi – 29 HaHaroshet St. Tel. 09-743-1234

Phones

Phones

Local SIM cards may be purchased at the airport, at convenience stores, and in phone shops. Partner, Cellcom, 012, and Golan Telecom are the most popular phone providers. 

The work week in Israel

The work week in Israel

The work week in Israel is from Sunday to Thursday. Saturday (Shabbat) is the national day of rest. During Shabbat and Jewish Holidays, public offices and services do not operate. Note that Shabbat and Jewish Holidays start before sundown on the day before and end after sunset the next day (for example, Shabbat begins on Friday evening and ends on Sat. night).