The visa, as stated at the guide, is to be obtained at your home country (or at a country you currently live in), at the Israeli embassy or consulate which takes care of the visa. If there are a few Israeli embassies or consulates at your country, please contact them to find out where it can be done.
They will help you schedule a meeting and tell you which documents to bring. One of the documents is an acceptance letter to BGU. Please make sure you know what the embassy demands to see in the letter, and check whether this information appears there. If it doesn't – please contact your supervisor at BGU and ask him for a needed letter . For example, an embassy can ask for a proof of your future income in Israel, or where you will live during your studies. If you will order a room at the dorms - the Dorms department can issue a letter about your order.
The visa granted to students and post-doctoral fellows is usually the A2 visa. If you are not sure what type of visa suits your visit, please consult us. IMPORTANT: it is not possible to arrive in Israel with a different kind of visa, and change it after your arrival. You will have to return to your country and then arrive with a proper kind of visa.
The A2 visa allows you to enter Israel as a student for a specific period of time. When asking for a visa, you can also ask for a multiple-entries visa too. This kind of visa allows you to travel outside of Israel during your stay (for conference's/vacations).
The visa is usually granted for one year (or less, if you are coming for less time – and it'll appear at the acceptance letter), and can be extended when necessary (BGU helps you with this procedure, usually you should ask for extension about 3 weeks before the visa validity is over, and extend the health insurance policy too). There are some forms to fill, validate the at the Visa and Health insurance office in BGU, schedule a meeting at the Ministry of Interior and arrive to the meeting with all the documents, passport, and a health insurance policy for the requested period. The visa is being extended during the meeting.
It is extremely important that your visa and the health insurance are always valid.