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Tuition: International Students & Israeli Citizen Non-Residents

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These tuition and housing costs for students in the Mechina Program, BASIS (B.A. Studies for International Students), and Yesod apply only to international students or Israeli citizens who are not residents of Israel. If you are an Israeli citizen and you reside in Israel, please see the page for Israeli citizen residents.

Application Fee

  • US$ 80 (per academic year; non-refundable)

Pre-Semester Program Requirements

You will take a placement exam to determine your level for the summer language ulpan programs. The housing fees listed below include the days between the Jerusalem Ulpan and Summer Ulpan and between the Summer Ulpan and the beginning of the academic year.

All fees include the days between the end of the ulpan and the beginning of the autumn semester.

Pre-Semester ProgramsTuitionHousingPayment Deadline
Jerusalem UlpanUS$ 1,870US$ 2,630June 12, 2017
Summer UlpanUS$ 2,415US$ 1,620July 23, 2017
Jerusalem & Summer UlpanUS$ 3,992US$ 2,630June 12, 2017
English Ulpan US$ TBAUS$ TBATBA

Learn more about the ulpan. Find out if you qualify for scholarships and financial aid.

Academic Year


Academic YearTuitionHousingPayment Deadline
Mechina/Preparatory ProgramUS$ 12,500US$ 6,520September 26, 2017
BASIS Foundation YearUS$ 9,000US$ 6,520September 26, 2017

Learn about scholarships and financial aid.


You may opt to take up to two courses per semester, including Modern Hebrew. In order to calculate your total cost, add the Administrative Fee to your Course Fee per Semester costs. Note that one academic year course is equivalent to two semester courses.

Part-Time Study PeriodAdministrative FeeHealth InsuranceCourse Fee per SemesterHousing
Autumn SemesterUS$ 375US$ 190Hebrew / English / Mathematics courses:
US$ 170 per weekly hour
All other courses: US$ 400 per credit
US$ 2,530
Spring SemesterUS$ 355US$ 240US$ 3,160
Academic YearUS$ 535US$ 500US$ 6,520

Learn about scholarships and financial aid.


Housing costs are outlined in the tables above. To learn more about housing, visit our housing page.


Miscellaneous Charges 
Replacement of student cardNIS 60
Visa letterUS$ 15
Hard copy of transcripts (beyond first five)*US$ 15
Request a certified e-transcript (one-time fee)US$ 10
Email an e-transcript to any specified address (per copy)US$ 15

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Bachelor’s Program

Interested in the long-term costs? Here is an estimate of tuition for a standard bachelor’s degree program at Hebrew University.

 TuitionHealth InsuranceHousing
Three-Year Undergraduate ProgramApprox. US$ 3,220 x 3 yearsUS$ 350 x 3 YearsUS$ 5,292 (12 months) x 3 Years

Learn about scholarships and financial aid.


Hebrew Language Courses & Part-Time Student Refunds

Date of WithdrawalCharged
Prior to the beginning of programUS$ 250
During the first three days of program25% of tuition fee
Between the fourth and the sixth day50% of tuition fee
After the sixth day100% of tuition fee

Tuition Refunds

If you cancel your studies prior to the beginning of the academic year or semester, you will be charged a US$ 250 withdrawal fee and for any points you may have utilized for activities coordinated by the Office of Student Life.

Once the academic year begins, withdrawal from the program is contingent upon submission of a completed Notice of Withdrawal that has been approved and signed by your department. 

The withdrawal charges are as outlined below:

 October 22, 2017November 22, 2017January 26, 2018March 18, 2018
Mechina StudentsUS$ 3,875US$ 8,100US$ 8,725US$ 12,500
BASISUS$ 3,000US$ 5,832US$ 6,282US$ 9,000

Housing Refunds

Students who have accepted a room key and/or have moved personal possessions into a room and then wish to vacate university housing must submit written notification to the RIS Finance Office, Boyar Building 501/502. Refunds are issued minus the payment for the days the student resided in the housing ($30 per day of occupancy).

Students who withdraw from an ulpan and vacate university housing within the first three days of classes are issued a refund, provided they present official clearance from the Housing Office confirming their departure.

Students who do not withdraw from the program or who vacate their rooms after the first three days of classes are not entitled to a housing refund. Semester/year students who cancel their housing reservation or vacate their room by October 21, 2017, may receive a refund for the housing fee paid for the autumn semester or academic year.

Students who vacate university housing between October 22, 2017 and the end of the autumn semester (February 4, 2018) are charged for the entire month in which they vacate their rooms plus one additional month of rent.

After the end of the autumn semester, no refund is available for the balance of the academic year.

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