Israel Government Will no Longer Allow Foreign Students to Study Medicine in Israel


Israel’s Center for Higher Education (CHE), along with its Health and Finance Ministries, has approved a motion to bar foreign students from studying medicine at Israeli institutions.

The decision followed a 2018 recommendation by the CHE, which found that many Israelis were going to Europe for their studies after not being accepted into Israeli programs.

American and Canadian medical students will no longer be able to study in Israel, as the country aims to increase the number of Israeli medical school graduates, rather than force them to go abroad.

‘There was no choice. We need more Israelis to study medicine here,’ says Ben-Gurion University president Prof. Daniel Chamovitz.

The graduating classes of 2026 will be the last for the Americans and Canadians who came here for the four-year MD degree.

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