Students who receive scholarships are required to open a local bank account in Israel. If you don’t fall into this category, you may still want to consider opening an account with an Israeli bank for the sake of convenience. In order to do so, you’ll need to go to a branch of your choice with the following documents:
- Additional photo ID from your home country, such as a driver's license
- Student card
- Certificate of enrollment at Hebrew University
- Valid visa
- Taxpayer identification number from your home country (TIN, SSN, Numéro Fiscal, etc.)
- Local cell phone number
Once you have opened your bank account, you’ll need to update your details in the university system and contact the secretary or financial director of your department to arrange for the processing and payment of your stipend.
When choosing a bank and a branch, bear in mind that you will have to go back to the same branch each time you require services (excluding ATMs). While it is possible to switch to a different branch later on, it requires the submission of an official request and may take time. Because of this, we recommend that you choose a branch conveniently located in close proximity to your apartment or campus.
Some banks in Israel prefer not to open accounts for visiting students due to the temporary nature of their stay and the lack of a regular income deposited into the account. International students at Hebrew University have been successful in opening accounts at the following banks, among others:
Bank Hapoalim (near Mount Scopus)
French Hill Branch, 21 Haganah St.
(Customer must be over 18), Aba Berdichev St. 2
Clal Center, Jaffa Rd. 97, Rehavia, Keren Hayesod St. 5
Bank Leumi (near Edmond Safra Campus at Givat Ram)
Beit HaKerem Branch, 106 Herzl St.
*Please note, the above-listed information is provided as a courtesy only; Hebrew University assumes no responsibility and makes no guarantees concerning the services provided by these banks.