Undergraduate :

BSc in Biotechnology and Food Engineering

The biotechnology industry is a knowledge-intensive industry, characterized by innovativeness, sophistication, and a constant search for new challenges, and today is among the leaders in terms of its level and rate of development. Biological systems technology is used in the service of man in the fields of food, medicine, agriculture, and energy. Modern biotechnology milestones include the industrial production of penicillin, deciphering the structure of DNA, decoding the genetic code, the first cloning of a mammal (Dolly the sheep), and recently the production of the first synthetic bacteria and “lab grown” meat.

The food industry is moving towards biotech and undergoing rapid development due to the increased involvement of giant international corporations in the local industry. The food industry is combining advanced biotechnological and biochemical mechanisms with all phases of sophisticated technology, starting from raw materials to the final shelf product: the development of special food for infants suffering from celiac disease, food containing health additives that also prolong shelf-life, packaging that informs consumers of food quality through biosensors, and more.

The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering trains its graduates to enter the knowledge-intensive biotechnology industry, which is constantly growing in Israel and abroad, and the food industry, which is becoming more bio-technologically oriented and undergoing a development momentum due to increased involvement by huge international companies in the local industry.

The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering trains engineers in two domains: biotechnology and food. The bachelor’s degree program offers a unique combination between technological engineering fields and fields in natural and life sciences, particularly biotechnology, genetic engineering, and molecular biology. This combination is logical considering that work with biological material is common to both fields and provides a common basis for the core courses in engineering and technology.

The program is designed to allow graduates to work in either field – biotechnology or food – in a wide variety of industries that incorporate high-technology and are based on biotechnological and biochemical processes. Graduates may find employment in the food industry or in other industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, environmental protection, standards institutes, food and drug regulation, and more.

Program Details

The 4-year program consists of a basket of core courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, genetics, and computers; advanced engineering courses complement the list, providing the required background for integrating engineering studies into the advanced subjects of life sciences and biotechnology. The remainder of the program is based on three areas: biotechnology; engineering and technology for food engineering; and life and food sciences. The program integrates practical laboratory work with the seminar lectures. Part of the studies take place in a pilot plant and include visits to companies

Option of Transferring to Regular Technion Programs (in Hebrew)

Students who have successfully completed the first year (Freshman Year) of the program are eligible for transferring to a regular undergraduate study track in Hebrew offered by other engineering and science faculties at the university, provided their Hebrew language skills meet Technion requirements. Internal Faculty Transfer Students enrolled in a Technion International program who would like to transfer to another Technion faculty are responsible for inquiring with the faculty in question about its transfer requirements. The faculty will consider transfer requests based on the following three criteria:

  • Academic Preparation Program average
  • Grade point average of academic courses taken in the first year of the program
  • Hebrew placement examination score at the end of the first year

Please see transfer requirements here.

*Students may also request to transfer their Technion credits to a university of their choice.

Academic Program

The BSc in Biotechnology and Food Engineering is comprised of 162 academic credits and can be completed in four years.

Program Structure

Commencement Date: August 2017

0 Preparation Period – Basic Math, Physics and Hebrew Courses
1 Math, Physics, Chemistry, Hebrew and Basic Science Courses
2-5 Engineering and Science Fundamentals
6-8 Biotechnology and Food Engineering Specialization Courses

Orientation Week

Technion International offers a comprehensive Orientation Week designed to familiarize students with the campus and surrounding neighborhoods, including a general guide to student life in Israel. The Orientation Program covers essentials such as opening an Israeli bank account, getting a cell phone plan, navigating around Haifa, and more.

Preparation Period

Following the orientation week, students will undergo a Preparation Program, which lays the foundation for upcoming studies.

Owing to the wide and diverse backgrounds of our international students, it’s essential that all students begin the academically rigorous BSc program on an equal footing. To ensure that students are fully prepared for the demanding course load, the Technion mandates that all BSc students successfully complete a preparation program. During this period, students undertake intensive training in mathematics, physics, and English, and pick-up helpful study skills. Our experience shows that the preparation program gives students a greater chance of excelling in and completing their engineering studies. This preparatory period allows students to become familiar with the university’s academic structure and get to know their peers through informative and enjoyable social activities. The program also provides students with individual tutors, extra classes, and counseling as needed. Students must be prepared for a challenging and intensive period of study. A list of the Preparation Program courses can be found in the courses section.


Students are housed in the Technion’s dormitory complex consisting of five-person furnished apartment units, shared with international peers. Living on campus, they will enjoy a vibrant and welcoming student community which will help them easily integrate into life at Technion.

* Opening of the program is contingent on the number of registered students.

** The program is subject to changes, at the discretion of TI.

Application and Admission Process

Program starts: August 2017

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

To begin your application process, click Apply Now to launch the online application system.

Contact for admission inquiries or additional questions: Ms. Zehava Solomon | Email: admissions@int.technion.ac.il | Phone: +972-77-887-1897

What We  Are Looking For

Technion invests in tomorrow’s engineering leaders and is therefore committed to attracting and admitting the best and the brightest. Admission decisions take into account an applicant’s academic performance in math/science as well as their ambitions,  enthusiasm, and nonacademic skills and achievements.


  • Completed Application Form, including a passport size photo
  • Health Declaration Form
  • Secondary school diploma and transcripts for the period of three years (students should have a strong background in math and science). Physics background mandatory.
  • Two teachers’ recommendation letters*
  • Standardized test (SAT or ACT or AST or Gau Kao [Science])
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal essay
  • Students who arenon-native English speakers must also submit English proficiency test scores, either TOEFL or IELTS (see below for minimum and recommended scores)
  • $100 (USD) non-refundable application fee

* An original copy must be sent to the Admissions Office directly from the evaluator. At least one letter should be from a mathematics or science teacher.

** As part of the admission requirements, candidates for the program will also undergo a personal interview via Skype.

English Proficiency Tests

Since the academic program at Technion International is taught entirely in English, applicants are recommended to demonstrate their English proficiency before they enroll. Applicants from high schools where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to submit official copies of their scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an equivalent test, such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), the SAT Reasoning Test, or ACT Plus Writing Test. We will hold an English proficiency test in Shantou and Beijing, China. Dates for these tests will be announced in .

Required Scores on English Proficiency Tests

Recommended Minimum
TOEFL – Paper Based Test (PBI) 600 550
TOEFL – Computer Based Test (CBT) 230 188
TOEFL- Internet Based Test (IBT) 85 80
IELTS 6.5 6.0


Candidates applying from the USA or from high schools taught according to the American system, must take a standardized test (SAT or ACT) before applying. Technion International has minimum test score requirements for the math section as detailed below. Those who take subject tests may send their results in as well.

Required Scores on Standardized Tests

Recommended Math Minimum Math
 SAT- Math section 700 630
ACT- Math section 30 27


Transfer Students

The BSc Program in Biotechnology and Food Engineering welcomes transfer students from other universities. Transfer students are subject to the same application requirements as first-year students. To receive credit or for courses taken elsewhere or an exemption from Technion courses, transfer students must submit a detailed syllabus in English for each course in question. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Registration Fee (non-refundable) $ 100 (USD)
Tuition (per year) $ 15,000 (USD)
On-Campus Housing (estimated cost per year) $ 4,000 (USD)
Health Insurance & Other Student Fees (per year) $ 1,000 (USD)

*Fees are subject to change. **Scholarships are available based on academic merit and socio-economic background.

Additional Expenses

Please note that tuition fees do not cover applicants’ airfare to and from Israel or the cost of textbooks. Students should expect to spend between $500-$600 USD each month on food, travel and other basic expenses (not including housing, detailed above). Additional expenses include Student Association costs and security charges.

* Opening of the program is contingent on the number of registered students.

** The program is subject to changes, at the discretion of TI.  

First Year

104003 Calculus 1 064522 Introduction to Biotechnology and Food Engineering
104004 Differential and Integral Calculus 2
124120 Principles of Chemistry 104019 Linear Algebra
134058 Biology 1 125801 Organic Chemistry
324033 Technical English 125101 Analytical Chemistry 1 for Engineers
114051 Physics 1 394800 Physical Education
134019 Protein Biochemistry

 Second Year

104131 Ordinary Differential Equations/H 064115 Fluid Mechanics
114052 Physics 2 064322 Food Chemistry
125105 Analytical Chemistry Lab.1 for Engineers 104228 Partial Differential Equations/H
134113 Metabolic Pathways 114054 Physics 3
234127 MATLAB 064325 Food and biochemistry Lab
064523 Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology 064419 Microbiology
394800 Physical Education 064413 Microbiology Lab
064212 Food Technology
124503 Physical chemistry

 Third Year

064117 Heat Transfer 064118 Mass transfer
064507 Molecular Biotechnology 064238 Structure and Properties of Food and Biological Systems
064106 Thermodynamics in Biotechnology and Food Engineering 124414 Chemical kinetics
064405 Food Microbiology 094481 Statistics and Probability
064324 Food Analysis 066505 Downstream Processing
064326  ‎ Food Analysis Lab 276413 Immunology

Fourth Year

064603 Nutrition 064508 Biotechnology Lab
064509 Biotechnology Engineering 064209 Advanced Technologies
064239 Bioprocess and Food Process Lab Technical Electives
066217 Packaging General Electives
064119 Plant Design
Technical Electives
General Electives*



066521 Tissue Engineering
066217 Advanced Genetic Technologies
236523 Bioinformatics
134020 Genetics
066524 Antimicrobial peptides
066237 Shelf life of Foods and Drugs
066329 Emulsion in Food and Biotechnology
064330 Quality Assurance in Food and Pharma
066513 Biotechnology of Animal Cells
066526 Synthetic Biology
066247 Advanced Materials



Career Opportunities

The program is designed to allow graduates to work in the fields of biotechnology or food in a wide variety of industries that incorporate high-technology and are based on biotechnological and biochemical processes. They can be employed in the food industry or other industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, environmental protection, standards institutes, and food and drug regulation, amongt others.

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Technion is dedicated to developing your future

Technion International provides pre-graduation career planning assistance through intensive career development seminars and meetings with industry leaders and experts geared towards helping students polish their resumes and preparing them for job interviews. Career exploration and counseling on how to find a job on the international market and on how to find academic opportunities in leading universities around the world are also offered. We have helped place our graduates at leading universities including MIT, Stanford, Imperial College London, and others.