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Graduate Programs (Non-Degree)


Who is this program for? 


The Graduate program is designed to meet the special needs of qualified graduate students from abroad who wish to spend a year or a semester at the Hebrew University, whether they are Master's degree or Ph.D. candidates or recent college graduates who have not yet commenced a program of graduate study.  


Students are offered seminars and research tutorials designed to deepen their knowledge in their chosen fields of interest. Courses are offered in the fields of Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Bible Studies and Archaeology, Middle Eastern Studies, Israel Studies, Nonprofit Management and Languages.


Duration of Studies   


All Visiting Students, Visiting Graduates and Research Students are expected to study for a full academic year but may opt to enroll for one semester only.


Summer semester – During the summer, graduate courses will be offered in areas of Israel Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and Nonprofit Management. For additional information see summer semester  


Course Load 


Full-time Status: Students are encouraged to study Modern Hebrew intensively and are offered graduate and undergraduate course options, seminars and research tutorials designed to deepen their knowledge in their chosen field.


Part-time Status: Students coming for the academic year may request to study part-time, that is they may enroll in up to four semester courses. Please note that a year-long course (i.e. a course running over two semesters) is equal to two semester courses.

Students studying for only one semester may request to study part-time, that is they may enroll in up to two semester courses.  


Completion of Studies 


A full transcript will be provided to the student, upon completion of studies, in order to facilitate the transfer of credit to the student's home university. Students who decide to pursue a graduate degree at the Hebrew University's Rothberg International School,  Faculties of Humanities or Social Sciences, or the School of Social Work and Social Welfare may use this year to improve their Hebrew and fulfill certain degree requirements.


Admission Requirements 


Qualified students with Bachelor's degrees from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students should have at least a 3.2 ("B") grade-point average.


Knowledge of English: Candidates who did not previously study at an educational institution where the sole language of instruction is English must submit official TOEFL scores or IELTS. The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test or 89 on the internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score required is 7.


Program options:


Candidates may apply to be one of the following:


Visiting Students – Students who have received a Bachelor's degree but have not yet begun a graduate program.

Visiting Graduate Students – Students who are studying toward or have received a Master's degree.

Visiting Research Students – Students who are pursuing or have received a Ph.D.


Special Programs:



Israeli and Latin America Relations (taught in spanish)

The Department of Romance and Latin American Studies & the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University ofrecen un programa semestral en español de especialización en estudios de Iberoamérica y Medio Oriente.

El programa está destinado a estudiantes universitarios que deseen profundizar en áreas temáticas relativas a Iberoamérica y el Medio Oriente desde una perspectiva global, interdisciplinaria y con miras a un desarrollo profesional. Entre las temáticas ofrecidas: relaciones políticas, aspectos religiosos, movimientos migratorios, contactos culturales, relaciones comerciales, corrientes literarias, participación política de minorías, procesos sociales de inclusión/exclusión desde una perspectiva comparativa, etnohistoria, y otros.

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