Bezalel Academy of Art & Design

Established in 1906, Bezalel is proud to be recognized as Israel’s preeminent academic institution for art, design and architecture - pioneering originality, creativity and innovation.


Global Exchange School
  • Jerusalem, Israel

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

February — June

Fall Semester

October — January

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Architecture
  • Apparel Design
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Film/Animation/Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Jewelry + Metalsmithing
  • Photography

Fact Sheet
University Website
Bezalel Global Exchange Website

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • English
  • Hebrew

Some English instruction

About Bezalel


The following Bachelor's and Master's-level programs are open to exchange at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design. Mater's-level programs are recommended for RISD seniors and grads only.


  • Architecture
  • Ceramics and Glass Design
  • Fashion and Jewelry
  • Fine Arts
  • Industrial Design
  • Photography
  • Screen-Based Arts (Animation and Video)
  • Visual Communications


  • Fine Arts and Photography (MFA)
  • Industrial Design (MDes)
  • Urban Design (MUrbDes)

Exchange students enter into 3rd year level courses. Registration for courses is completed upon arrival. Explore specific courses on Bezalel Academics

Please note: Liberal Arts courses are not offered to exchange students. All of the Art History courses are taught in Hebrew and, unlike the practical courses, they can't be followed if you do not speak Hebrew.


The primary language of instruction at Bezalel is Hebrew. Some courses are taught primarily in English. No previous knowledge of Hebrew is required but a high level of English proficiency is required.

A supplementary intensive Hebrew as a foreign language course is offered to exchange students the week before the semester begins, for a fee. It costs approximately $200 to enroll.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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