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Frequently Asked Questions for Accepted Graduate Students

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Students accepted to graduate programs at the Rothberg International School are notified via email and post. Students receive a Pre-Arrival Brochure in pdf format attached to their acceptance emails. Below is some helpful general information, but accepted students should still review the Pre-Arrival Brochure carefully and refer to it for specific dates and deadlines.


  1. How do I confirm my participation in my program?

Students who have been accepted to graduate programs at the Rothberg International School should confirm their participation in the program through this link. Participation confirmation does not entail payment of a fee.


  1. When and how do I register for courses?

Students register for courses online prior to the start of their program. The online course registration system is usually open for about two weeks roughly two months before the start of each academic year or semester. The exact dates appear in the Pre-Arrival Brochure. Shortly before the online course registration system opens, students will receive an email from the Graduate Office with a course catalog and instructions on how to register. Students accepted to MA programs at the Rothberg International School also receive information about which courses they should register for in order to meet the requirements of their program.


  1. How can I reserve on-campus student housing?

Students can request on-campus housing on their application forms, while applying. Students who submitted applications without requesting housing and later wish to request housing can submit a reservation through this link. Confirmation of housing reservations will appear on students’ personal information page within about two weeks. Students who do not see confirmation after two weeks should contact our Finance and Housing Office. For more information, please refer to our University Housing page.

In light of the COVID situation, studies are being held online, however the Hebrew University dormitories are open, and students who wish to be in Israel are welcome to live on campus.


  1. Is on-campus family housing available?

The Hebrew University has a very limited number of family housing units. Interested students should contact our Finance and Housing Office between March-May for the following academic year (which starts in October). Family housing is assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis and even students who apply early may be waitlisted and/or denied if space has filled up.


  1. How do I search for an off-campus apartment?

Many graduate students prefer to live off campus. Jerusalem neighborhoods popular with students include the city center, Nachlaot, Rechavia, and French Hill (the latter neighborhood is adjacent to the Mount Scopus campus). Students with families often choose to live in the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood, which is less expensive and relatively close to the Mount Scopus campus. For more information, please refer to our Off-Campus Housing page. Below is a list of Facebook groups in English where students can search apartment listings in Jerusalem:


  1. Is health insurance mandatory?

All students must have health insurance coverage for the entire duration of their stay at the Hebrew University. In light of the COVID situation, students are required to be insured either by the Harel insurance company, or by one of the Israeli kupot cholim (health funds, for Israeli citizens). Students may purchase Harel insurance independently or through the Hebrew University.

Students who are insured independently through either Harel or one of the Israeli kupot cholim must submit a waiver form to our Finance Office.
Students who do not have a health insurance reservation through the Hebrew University and have not submitted a waiver form demonstrating coverage by either Harel or one of the Israeli kupot cholim will not be allowed to begin their studies/research at the Hebrew University.

For students enrolled in our full MA programs, as well as those enrolled in our Graduate Non-Degree Program, the cost of health insurance is included in their tuition fee, and they will not be charged extra when they sign up for health insurance through the Hebrew University. For students enrolled in our Graduate Exchange, Visiting Research Fellow, and Independent Research Fellow programs, a health insurance reservation will entail payment of a fee.


  1. How can I purchase Hebrew University health insurance?

Students can request health insurance through this link. For information about the policy basics and health facilities in Jerusalem, please refer to our Health and Safety page.


  1. How do I obtain a student visa?

Accepted students should contact their local Israeli embassy or consulate in order to set up a student visa appointment. Students should request a multiple-entry A/2 student visa and allow at least one month for their request to be processed.

Students with family members who will be accompanying them to Israel should email the Graduate Office to request a letter for the Israeli embassy/consulate stating that they will be joined by their family. The email should include scans of all passport ID pages of the family members who will be travelling to Israel.

Students already in Israel should consult with the Israeli Ministry of the Interior (Misrad Hap’nim) regarding whether or not they will be required to leave the country to obtain a student visa at an Israeli embassy or consulate abroad.

In light of the COVID situation, the process of requesting a student visa has changed, and students are advised to contact the Graduate Office for instructions and guidance.


  1. Is it possible to work while I study?

Individuals with student visas are not permitted to work in Israel, with the exception of those enrolled in full master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well as those engaging in post-doctoral research, at Israeli universities. Such students are only permitted to work as teaching assistants in their respective fields of study at their Israeli host university, on a part-time basis (see http://studyinisrael.che.org.il/planning/#primary). The Rothberg International School does not assist with placement and interested students need to arrange this independently. It is uncommon for international students at the master’s level to work as teaching assistants at the Hebrew University.

International students interested in applying for work visas should consult with their local Israeli embassy or consulate abroad. Students may be asked to provide documentation and proof of sponsorship from an Israeli employer.

Students with Israeli citizenship are permitted to work in Israel while they study.

Students enrolled in Rothberg MA programs who are considering working during their studies should keep in mind that classes will be held at least two days a week and attendance is mandatory. In addition, depending on their program, students may have additional language instruction requirements. They may also be required to participate in intensive pre-semester and/or summer courses, which will further limit the amount of time they will be able to work.

Part-time, remote jobs popular with graduate students include freelance writing, editing, and translation; online teaching and consulting; web design and programming; and e-commerce. Students who do not hold Israeli citizenship should consult with their local Israeli embassy or consulate regarding the permissibility of this kind of work.

Individuals in Israel on student visas may work remotely with their home countries.


  1. Where can I find information about educational frameworks in Jerusalem for my children?

Students can find information about educational frameworks for children in Jerusalem in Chapter 5 of the Hebrew University’s Guide for New and Visiting Faculty. Please note that this guide was written for faculty members and not all of the information will be relevant. Furthermore, students should contact the kindergartens listed directly to check prices and availability.


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