Greater Tel Aviv-Yafo is a world-class academic hub and a popular destination for international students. Four universities and a dozen colleges offer a wide range of programs - from short semesters to full degrees, all taught in English. Together with top academic programs, Tel-Aviv-Yafo offers young people a dynamic student life. Lonely Planet ranked Tel-Aviv-Yafo as number 3 in the hottest destinations for 2011, thanks to its bustling nightlife, lively art scene, and 14-kilometer beach. One out of three residents in the city is between the ages of 18 and 35, making it a perfect location to study for your LL.M.!
Arts & Culture
Tel Aviv is home to Israel's oldest School for Performing Arts as well as the National Theater of Israel. However the city is also full of smaller theater companies that have earned local and international acclaim, such as Gesher, The Cameri, and even smaller, experimental groups such as the Tel Aviv Improv Company. Jaffa is the location of the award-winning Nalaga'at Theater, home to the Deaf-blind Acting Ensemble. In 2011 Tel Aviv University awarded Nalaga'at's founder and artistic director, Adinal Tal, an honorary doctorate.
Tel Aviv is also the home the Suzanne Dellal Center, the oldest and largest institution in Israel to put on dance performances, promote local dance culture and showcase artists from across the world on its stages. The Center gets over half a million visitors a year and is one of Tel Aviv's most popular tourist attractions.
Tel Aviv University is also the only university in Israel with a School of Music, training musicians as well as vocal performers. The school holds over 200 concerts a year on the TAU campus and is invited to tour around the world, performing in Zurich, Madrid and Berlin, among other places. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the city's musical prominence, the Israeli National Opera is also located in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv was established in 1909, by a group of Jewish families from Jaffa, a port city which has been inhabited for over seven thousand years. Tel Aviv originally began where Jaffa ended, however in 1950 the two cities were united into a single municipal entity. Tel Aviv-Jaffa is now Israel's cultural as well as financial center, a mix of antiquity and innovation, and the center of Israel's high-tech industry and youth culture.
Capital of Industry
Tel Aviv is the center of Israeli industry and commerce. Israel's only stock exchange as well as nearly 40% of the country's finance and banking industry is located in Tel Aviv.
High-tech is Israel's number one industry and has been the engine of Israel's rapid economic development over the last decades, even in the face of a global economic crisis. Israel has the largest number of startup firms per capita of any country and the second largest concentration of high-tech companies (after Silicon Valley). As a city that encourages innovation and creativity, Tel Aviv is the heart Israel's high-tech and information-based industries, home to most of the country's startup companies.
In 2010 and 2011 Lonely Planet magazine ranked Tel Aviv third on its list of Top Ten Cities to Visit, calling it "a truly diverse 21st-century Mediterranean hub" and "by far the most international city in Israel." In 2012 MasterCard reported Tel Aviv was the fifth most visited destination in all of Africa and the Middle East. Thanks to its 14-kilometer-long beach strip, in 2010 National Geographic magazine included Tel Aviv on its list of "World's 10 Best Beach Cities," along with Barcelona and Rio de Janiero.
Unique in its status as a major center of industry as well as a hub of youth culture, Tel Aviv is located on the Mediterranean coast and enjoys, on average, 318 sunny days a year. The city's public beaches are meticulously maintained and are open to visitors year-round, encouraging everything from laid back sunbathing on the sand to sporting activities such as wind surfing – a sport in which Israel won its first Olympic gold medal in 2004.
City of Youth Culture
Tel Aviv has the largest concentration of night clubs and restaurants in Israel, despite being the country's second most populous city. Nightlife thrives in Tel Aviv due to the city's high percentage of residents between the ages of 18 and 34. Some are students at Tel Aviv University, some are young entrepreneurs, many are artists come to experience Israel's most vibrant city.
One way or another, Tel Aviv has the highest percentage of young people of any city in Israel, and the city's infrastructure (with green, eco-friendly bikes available for rent across the city), culture and atmosphere reflect this.