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Preparatory Programs (Mechina)

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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.

Preparatory Programs (Mechina)

This preparatory program offers intensive instruction in Hebrew and English and an introduction to academic studies in Hebrew.

Preparatory Programs (Mechina)

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Preparatory Programs (Mechina)

Sadarah is a head-start program designed for East Jerusalem high school graduates seeking higher education.


  • Expert Hebrew language instruction. 
  • Open doors to top-ranked Hebrew University degree programs and other academic institutions in Israel.
  • Personalized guidance from your academic advisors. 
  • Instruction from highly qualified faculty with expertise in a wide range of fields. 
  • Cultural and social events to introduce you to Israeli life.


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.

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