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Mechina Program students outside cafe at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Your Pathway to the Prestigious Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University, ranked in the top 100 universities in the world and first in Israel, is now offering an innovative admissions track to bachelor’s degree studies for outstanding international students. This unique program is the first of its kind in Israel. It offers you a challenging academic experience in vibrant, historic Jerusalem – and a gateway to Hebrew University, a recognized center of academic excellence with highly competitive tuition rates. 

The one-year BASIS/YESOD (B.A. Studies for International Students) program is held at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) and includes the following:

  • Modern Hebrew language instruction
  • English language instruction (if you are not exempt)
  • Core courses in a discipline of your choice
  • Personal academic counseling

Upon successful completion of the one-year BASIS/YESOD program with an average of 85 or higher, you’ll be admitted to a bachelor’s degree program at Hebrew University without being required to take the Psychometric Entrance Test. You can pursue undergraduate studies in the following Hebrew University faculties: Humanities; Social Sciences; Science; and Agriculture, Food, and Environment. According to the following table:

Hebrew University Faculties Providing Direct AdmissionRequired Mechina Grade
Humanities (except for Amirim, Revivim, and Cognition programs).85
Geography, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Statistics, Communications, and Criminology87
Earth Science, Environmental Science and Plant Science, Agro-ecology, Earth and Water Science, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Biochemistry and Food Science, Nature preservation and Open Space Management, and Hotel Management90
Economics, School of Business Management (Including Accounting and the Business combinations), Chemistry, Biology, and Nutrition92
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry-Biology Combination, Physics-Chemistry Combination, and Bio-Medical Sciences94
Computer science and School of Engineering95*

*Acceptance with a minimum 15 average Baccalaureat

In addition to preparing you for academic study, our program helps you adjust to life on campus and in Israel. Our multilingual staff of experienced advisors offers personal support throughout the year and will help you transition successfully to living in Israel independently.

Furthermore, a team of specially selected, multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, reside in the dormitories and will help you become better acquainted with Israeli society and culture. Your madrichim are a good resource for all things fun and exciting in Jerusalem, and they plan extracurricular activities, including cultural and social events, holiday celebrations, and tours.

The program is currently open to secondary (high) school graduates with excellent grades from France.

For financial information, see Tuition & Fees for Mechina/preparatory students

Living in university housing is an important part of your study abroad experience. Student housing complexes are located on Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem, and are within walking distance of the university. From this location, you can take advantage of being close to the university while experiencing city life.
Additional information

Housing cost for international students

Housing cost and information for Israeli citizens and new immigrants

Apply Now

We’re happy you’re considering studying with us. See the application guidelines and choose the program of your choice on the drop-down list at the start of the online application form.

Fast Facts:

Language of Instruction:

Mainly Hebrew; some English and French


One year

Program Dates:

Summer Ulpan: August 3 – September 14, 2021

Academic Year: October 10 – June 9 , 2022

Final Exams: June – July , 2022


BASIS- High school graduates from France.

Yesod- High school graduets from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Latvia

Application Deadline:

June 30 (for students not exempt from Hebrew language studies)

Cost for Year (full-time):

For financial information, see Tuition & Fees for Mechina/preparatory students

Take a look at our pages for prospects, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and parents – or contact us!