The Rothberg International School (RIS) at Hebrew University offers a wide array of short-term courses and programs throughout the year.
You can choose courses from our July, August, and winter sessions, as well as elect to take language courses or participate in archaeological field schools. We also work directly with faculty and study abroad offices in developing faculty-led and other customized programs.
With decades of experience hosting enthusiastic learners from around the world, RIS can help you make the most of your short time in Israel and dive into your area of study in a whole new way.
Summer abroad courses are designed for undergraduate and graduate students as well as mature learners with academic backgrounds. These courses go beyond the classroom. You’ll join students from more than 90 countries around the world and enjoy a summer schedule packed with enriching seminars, fun activities, and local trips designed to help you explore Israel’s geographic and cultural landscape. We have two summer sessions to suit your needs: a four-week July session and a two-week August session. If you want to get the most of your summer, you can combine courses from both sessions. All summer courses at HebrewU’s RIS are accredited and taught in English.
Summer Language Programs
As a language student, you will learn from dynamic and experienced professors. You’ll listen to classroom lectures and practice conversations. Your teachers will draw on both multimedia learning tools and classical and modern texts. Most importantly, you will be able to practice your language skills with the Hebrew and Arabic speakers you will meet around the city. We offer intensive language courses at various levels in Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Standard Arabic, and Colloquial Arabic. Learn more about our summer language programs.
Summer Archaeological Field Schools
Hebrew University sponsors a variety of archaeological excavations throughout Israel, which you can participate in and earn credit for. Programs include fieldwork at excavation sites, lectures, trips, and more.
Discover our summer archaeological field schools.
A number of short-term courses in December and January are open to those who need a break from the cold winter climates of the North or for students from the South who are on summer break. You can take these two- to three-week courses for credit and experience Israel on the ground and at its greenest.
Faculty-Led & Customized Programs
We work directly with faculty and study abroad offices at other institutions to develop programs suited to their individual needs. Learn more about Faculty-Led and Other Customized Programs.
We offer courses and programs in a variety of fields, with a focus on social and political sciences, Israel and the Middle East, languages, religion, fine and performing arts, business and legal studies, and STEM.
The Real Jerusalem
Live on-campus with international and Israeli students – including a staff of Israeli students who help you navigate life in Jerusalem. This vibrant city will be your second classroom, full of trips and tours.
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