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Programs : Brochure

  • Locations: Herzliya, Israel
  • Program Terms: Spring, Year
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring, Year
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Hebrew Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: Wharton
Other Eligibility Requirements: 1 Area Studies Course in Language or Culture (Recommended), Previous Study of Hebrew Recommended, See Program Description Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: University Residence Hall/Apartment Application Deadline: Fall/Year: March 1, Spring: October 1
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BID LogoIDC Herzliya

Established in 1994 as Israel’s first institution of private education, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) campus is home to 5,500 graduate and undergraduate students with 25% of the student population coming from over 74 different countries.

The Arison School of Business was established in 1995 and almost immediately became a leading academic institution with more than 700 students and approximately 20 permanent faculty members. The Arison School of Business offers several areas of specialization: finance, marketing, information technology, entrepreneurship, tourism management, and real estate management.

The Raphael Recanti International School was established to allow students from around the world to benefit from the excellent academic programs at IDC Herzliya by offering several of these programs in English. International students learn side by side with their Israeli counterparts and are involved in all aspects of campus life, from the Student Union and volunteer projects to sports and debate teams.

For additional information, visit the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) website, the Arison School of Business website, and the Raphael Recanti International School website.
The City of Herzliya

Herzliya is a city of approximately 87,100 located on Israel’s central coastal strip, just north of Tel Aviv and is part of the Tel Aviv district. Within its municipal boundaries is Herzliya Pituah, one of Israel’s most upscale neighborhoods, home to many ambassadors and foreign diplomats. The city contains a museum documenting the history of Theodor Herzl, after whom the city is named, and the Herzliya Museum of Art. To the west of the city is Sidna Ali, a Muslim holy site, and to the northwest are Tel Arsaf, an ancient city and fortress, and the Apollonia National Park.

Did you know…?

The Herzliya Marina is the largest marina in the Mediterranean Basin.



The program at IDC Herzliya is for Wharton students.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: Previous study of Hebrew is recommended, but not required.
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of 1 Area Studies course in language or culture by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is highly recommended. 

The IDC Herzliya Program is only available in the spring semester or the full academic year


Language of Instruction

English, Hebrew


A full course load at IDC Herzliya consists of 20 IDC credits (5 Penn CUs) per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

Each course at IDC is worth between 2-4 credits and are translated as follows:
2 IDC credits = .5 Penn credits
3 IDC credits = .75 Penn credits
4 IDC credits = 1 Penn credit

IDC Herzliya Academic Calendar
IDC Herzliya Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students

Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here

Grades are reported to Penn on the IDC scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:

IDC Grade Penn Grade
Excellent (96 - 100) A+
Very Good (86 - 95) A
Good (76 - 85) B
Fair (66 - 75) C
Pass (60 - 65) D
Fail (0 - 59) F

*Grade scale effective spring 2018 and beyond. 

Special Features

BID Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by IDC Herzliya prior to the start of each semester.  More information on IDC Herzliya’s orientation activities can be found here.

Internship Opportunities

The Raphael Recanati International School helps students obtain internships on campus at IDC Herzliya's research institutes or as research assistants to faculty members. The School can also arrange off-campus internships at businesses and government institutions. If seeking academic credit, Penn students must consult with their study abroad academic advisor at Wharton to inquire whether credit will be received for an internship experience while abroad.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at IDC Herzliya have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found here.


BID CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Students have the option to live in IDC-sponsored apartments or to find accommodations on their own.
IDC-sponsored apartments in the town of Herzliya are located about 20 minutes from campus. All apartments are furnished and feature basic amenities. The apartments include a living room and kitchen, which are shared with two to four flat mates, and a private bedroom for each student. Only a limited number of apartments are available, and students should indicate their interest early in the application process.

Alternatively, students can choose to find an apartment on their own in Tel Aviv, located about 30-45 minutes via bus to campus. Students wishing to find an apartment on their own must research options early as it can be difficult to find an apartment beforehand.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation. 

MASA Israel Scholarships provide financial support to Jewish young adult who study in Israel on long-term educational programs. Masa Israel has partnered with the State of Israel and the Jewish Agency to provide this scholarship assistance to Jewish young adults. 

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Herzliya, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.