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Mechina Program: Path to Success

Mechina students in Boyar at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Our year-long Mechina Program offers intensive instruction in the Hebrew and English languages, along with an introduction to academic studies in Hebrew. The program is for high school graduates from abroad, including discharged immigrant soldiers, who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in Israel, but who do not qualify for direct admission to a Hebrew University degree program.

Successful completion of the Mechina Program will help you improve your chances of admission to the prestigious Hebrew University, as well as to other institutions of higher education in Israel. Click here to learn more about the minimum requirements for successful completion of the Mechina.

As a Mechina student, you’ll take intensive language courses in Hebrew and English. (Those who graduated from an English-speaking secondary school are exempt from English courses.) You’ll also take Jewish history and Israel studies; statistics or mathematics; and introductory courses which may be recognized by certain departments in HebrewU’s faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science. Learn more about the curriculum.

All courses are taught in basic Hebrew, with the exception of Jewish history, which is also offered in English, French, Russian, and Arabic.

You will take one of three tracks of study:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Exact and Life Sciences
  • Business/Economics

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.



For financial information, see Tuition & Fees.

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

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

Fast Facts: Mechina Program

Language of Instruction:

Mainly Hebrew; some English and/or additional languages


One year

Program Dates: 
  • Summer Ulpan: August 3 – September 14, 2022
  • Academic Year: October 23, 2022 – June 16, 2023
  • Final Exams: June-July 2023

Secondary (high) school diploma that grants eligibility for university entrance in your home country (local diploma); under age 30; students holding 40+ university credits not eligible

Application Deadline:

June 30

Cost for Year (full-time):

For financial information, see Tuition & Fees

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