Ashkelon Academic College (AAC) was established in 1965 by Bar Ilan University with the goals of making academic studies more accessible to people living in the south-western part of Israel; developing innovative methods of teaching and learning; setting high standards of academic research and international cooperation; achieving academic excellence by providing scholarships for outstanding students, fostering research, and establishing research institutes in various disciplines. In 2007 the Council of Higher Education granted the college its credibility for independent tracks.
Currently considered one of the largest and most important academic centers in Israel, its main areas of study are the social sciences, health sciences, exact sciences and humanities for Bachelor and Masters degrees. AAC has an experienced teaching team, including some of academia’s top professors and senior lecturers.
The college’s administrative and academic staff work to assist students throughout their years of study, whether through special programs and workshops geared to offer college graduates tools which enable smooth transitioning into the workplace, provision of scholarships, or personal mentoring all the way to completion of studies. Students enjoy an advanced learning environment which includes labs, a well-stocked library, direct access to important databases, rooms for shared studying, dorms, a students’ club, and a gym.