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About the Program
From the hilltop of the Mount Scopus campus, the incredible panorama of Jerusalem unfolds. In the Talmud it says: "Of the ten measures of beauty allotted to the world, nine were given to Jerusalem." Medieval maps show Jerusalem as the heart of the world. Astonishingly, it remains there: the seam line where West meets East, the First World faces the Third World, and where Judaism, Christianity, and Islam join and intercross.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research, and a scientific center of international repute. Ranked among the world's leading universities, at the Hebrew University students of all backgrounds receive a university education where excellence is emphasized. Its faculty and alumni have been awarded numerous national and international prizes, including the Nobel Prize.
The vibrant Mount Scopus campus offers ample opportunities outside the classroom for international students to interact with one another and to encounter their Israeli peers. Students can take advantage of stimulating lectures and seminars; diverse social, cultural and religious activities; invigorating athletic and recreational pursuits, and so much more.
As a student at Hebrew University, you’ll experience Jerusalem’s incredible mosaic of cultures, foods, religions, and peoples. Stroll through a lively street market, or spend an evening with friends at a trendy nightclub. Intern with an Israeli start-up, or volunteer with one of the many nonprofit organizations here. Immerse yourself in the lively arts and culture scene, or pursue another interest that will connect you to the city through an independent study project. Entrepreneurs, creatives, scholars, scientists, and activists all flock to Jerusalem, making it an exciting place to study abroad. You’ll make new friends and new memories as you discover first-hand Jerusalem’s rich history, as well as its vibrant and innovative culture. Learn more about Jerusalem and start planning your adventure.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- completion of two semesters of Hebrew or Arabic
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Communication, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Literature, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology
The program begins with the Summer or Winter Ulpan (Hebrew Language) course. Afterwards, students are required to register for a minimum of 15 academic credits per semester. Course offerings include Jewish, Israel, and Middle Eastern studies as well as Brain and Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Studies (4 hours a week, 3 credits each). Literary and Colloquial Arabic are also offered at various levels. Students must select at least one course in Jewish or Israel studies. Modern Hebrew language instruction (8-10 hours a week, 6-7 credits) is required. Students with a sufficient knowledge of Hebrew are exempted from Hebrew language instruction but are required to take at least one course taught in Hebrew. See complete list of courses.
Outstanding students are invited to apply to Spring in Jerusalem-Honors Program, an initiative of Harvard University together with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
As a visiting international student at Hebrew University, you will have access to all of the services and support mechanisms right alongside degree-seeking students. These services include orientation programming, academic guidance, and social engagement opportunities through clubs, societies and the Hebrew University Student Union. You will also have a program advisor who will help you take full advantage of the resources available at Hebrew University. You may contact your advisor throughout the year about course selection and to plan semester programs. We strongly recommend that you also meet with the academic advisor at your home university to discuss your choice of courses before you come to Israel.
To complement your academic studies in Israel, you’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life, including a tour of the Old City, a trip to the Dead Sea, and festivals that are held throughout the year. Build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel. Housing on the Mount Scopus Campus is available for you as a study abroad student. Living with other international and Israeli students provides you with the opportunity to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, are also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.
The student housing complexes on Mount Scopus, overlooking the incredible panorama of Jerusalem, are walking distance from the University. They offer an independent setting appropriate for overseas students. Living in University housing is an important part of the overall experience of studying abroad. RIS students have the opportunity to meet new friends from different cultures and continents – North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe – as well as a chance to share experiences with Israeli students.
Students are usually housed in apartments with single bedrooms. The bedrooms contain a bed, desk, chair and closet. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. Internet access is available for an additional fee. Renting off-campus housing is an attractive option for many students. Monthly rent for an individual sharing an apartment will generally cost US $200-$400, depending upon the size, location, and amenities of the room/apartment, as well as the number of roommates. When renting an apartment, students must take into account additional expenses: electricity, water, gas, municipal taxes (arnona), and the monthly building maintenance fee (va'ad bayit).
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