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Visiting Research Students

Why Be a Research Student?

  • Study with renowned faculty and earn academic credit from a globally ranked Top 100 institution.
  • Gain access to Hebrew University libraries, archives, online databases, and other academic resources.
  • Prepare for the job market or further study by networking with faculty and peers.
  • Study in Jerusalem, a city with a rich history and culture – and vibrant entrepreneurial spirit.

HebrewU’s cutting-edge research environment, extensive network of libraries and online databases, and accomplished faculty from around the world make it an ideal place to conduct research in a range of scholarly disciplines. The Visiting Research Student (VRS) program is designed to provide a framework for doctoral students to pursue their own research at HebrewU while also taking courses in their field. Visiting Research Students can take courses at the Rothberg International School (RIS), as well as at the other faculties and departments of the Hebrew University, in part-time or full-time capacity for one semester or a full academic year.

Focus Areas

For information about graduate courses taught in English at the Rothberg International School, please refer to our course catalog.

For information about graduate courses taught in English at the other faculties and departments of the Hebrew University, please refer to HebrewU’s catalog of English courses.


You may enroll for a full academic year or for one semester only. For more information about dates, please refer to our academic calendar.

You can also choose to be a full-time or part-time student. Full-time students may enroll in as many courses as they wish while part-time students may take up to two courses per semester.


You can earn academic credits to transfer to your home university. Upon completion of your studies, we will provide you with a full transcript to facilitate the transfer of credit.

At HebrewU’s Rothberg International School, students study with emeritus faculty members, senior faculty members, adjuncts, and postdoctoral fellows as well as with teaching faculty who have real-world experience practicing in their fields. Please see our faculty page to learn more.

Extracurricular Activities & Student Support

HebrewU’s RIS offers a rich extracurricular activities program, including tours, cultural and social events, lectures, and more. We support you throughout your stay with us so that Jerusalem becomes your home away from home.

Apply by:

Autumn Semester/Full Academic Year Deadline: May 10
Spring Semester Deadline: December 31

*Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Arrive on campus by: Approximately one week before your program starts; specific dates will be sent to accepted students via email.

Program length: One semester or full academic year; check the academic calendar for specific dates.

For financial information, please see our Tuition & Fees page (under Non-Degree Graduate Programs).

To be eligible for acceptance, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by HebrewU
  • Minimum B average (85/100 or equivalent)
  • Transcript or enrollment letter from current doctoral studies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of English

In addition to your online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  1. Academic Records: Applicants must submit transcripts and diplomas from all current and prior academic degrees.
  2. Proof of English Proficiency: A TOEFL exam score of 80 or above, IELTS exam score of 6 or above, or Amiram exam score of 120 or above.*
  3. CV and Statement of Purpose.
  4. Two Academic Recommendations.
  5. Photocopy of your Passport ID page.
  6. Medical Form and Disclaimer Form (the latter is for US citizens only)- both forms may be downloaded from the application website.

All documents may be uploaded to your application directly or sent to gradoffice@savion.huji.ac.il as email attachments.

* If you have completed a degree at a university at which English is the sole language of instruction, or if you have completed a degree in English Language and Literature, you can request an exemption. You must submit documentation from your university verifying English as the language of instruction. Exemption is not automatic and is determined on a case-by-case basis.



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