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The Hebrew word mechina means “preparation.” The preparatory Mechina Program at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School is designed for high school (secondary school) graduates from abroad who wish to become fluent in Hebrew (and English) in order to pursue undergraduate studies in Israel.

Why

In addition to serving as a gateway to Hebrew-speaking Israeli society, our year-long program can open doors to top-ranked Hebrew University degree programs and other academic institutions in Israel. Our supportive environment will help you become independent in a new country, culture, and academic system. You will also benefit from professional academic counseling.

Who

Our flagship, year-long Mechina Program is designed for high school graduates who do not qualify for direct admission to a Hebrew University degree program. Generally, a high school diploma from an institution outside of Israel is not considered equivalent to the Israeli matriculation certificate (Bagrut). Furthermore, your command of Hebrew and/or English may not be strong enough to gain admittance to a Hebrew University degree program. Determine whether you qualify for direct admission.

What

Learn more about our flagship Mechina Program. In addition, we offer three related preparatory programs for outstanding students:

  • BASIS (B.A. Studies for International Students)
    This program is for international students seeking admission to prestigious Hebrew University departments through high matriculation grades in their native country.
  • Yesod
    Parallel to BASIS, Yesod is for students from the former Soviet Union.
  • Sadarah
    Sadarah is a head-start program designed for East Jerusalem high school graduates as part of a national initiative to make higher education accessible to Israel’s minority groups.
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