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First-Year Study Abroad Program

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Why the First-Year Study Abroad Program?

  • Set yourself apart by starting your higher education journey in Jerusalem, a city rich with tradition and full of creativity and innovation.
  • Forge connections with Israeli and international students to experience a mosaic of cultures, immersing yourself in Israeli life.
  • Benefit from the reputation of the internationally renowned Hebrew University.
  • Enjoy full academic support, including meetings with your academic advisor.
  • Experience diverse activities with new friends.
  • Go beyond the classroom and experience Israel through our community service option. 

Our program gives you an exciting and unique way to enter university life as an international first-year student. You’ll make new friends from around the world while experiencing Israel’s rich and vibrant culture through field trips, social activities, and courses, including Hebrew, Israel, and Middle East studies. Jerusalem will be a second classroom for you, full of colorful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.

Our First-Year Study Abroad program will strengthen your research and writing skills and provide you with strong academic and social support. It will give you a solid initiation into academic study, and the credits you earn will be transferable to most top-tier colleges and universities abroad. After completing your first year at HebrewU, you’ll be prepared for success at a range of top-notch institutions around the world.

Studies begin with a mandatory pre-semester course and the first-year orientation, where you’ll get to know your peers and acquaint yourself with the university campus and the city of Jerusalem.

Your Hebrew-language studies will continue during the semester, with the remainder  of your credits will be taken in introductory-level courses in Jewish, Israel, and Middle East studies, as well as in social sciences, , and communications.

Program Structure & Credits

You will take between 13-15 credits during the semester in addition to a pre-semester course.

Pre-Semester Program: “Encountering Jerusalem”

Pre-Semester Program: “Encountering Jerusalem” 2022-23
Practical Hebrew Beginners 4 credits
One course on various aspects of Jerusalem The Bible and the City3 credits

During the semester

You can view the introductory courses open to first-year students in our course catalog. We also invite you to review our faculty list to see with whom you may be studying.

To get involved in the community and to help make a difference, you may choose to enroll in a 12-credit program per semester and volunteer with one of our community service projects at a nonprofit organization in the Jerusalem area. Once a month, you’ll meet with other volunteers to learn about a specific social issue facing Israeli society.

You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. From a tour of the Old City, to a trip to the Dead Sea, to checking out the festivals that are held throughout the year, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel.

While residing on the Mount Scopus Campus with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.

Experience Jerusalem’s incredible mosaic of cultures, foods, religions, and peoples. Stroll through a lively street market or spend an evening with friends at a trendy nightclub. Immerse yourself in the lively arts and culture scene, or discover the city’s religious mosaic. Entrepreneurs, creatives, scholars, scientists, and activists all flock to Jerusalem, making it an exciting place to study abroad.

Make new friends and new memories as you discover first-hand Jerusalem’s rich history as well as its vibrant and innovative culture. Learn more about Jerusalem in the Student Life section and start planning your adventure.

Apply by:

Fall/Year 2022-2023 – April 30, 2022

Spring 2023 – November 30, 2022

Program length: Semester or year

View our Course Registration Deadlines.

For financial information, see Tuition & Fees for Other undergraduate


A limited number of scholarships based on demonstrated need or merit are available. To apply, follow the procedure required by your local office.

A high school diploma with a minimum of a B average or equivalent is needed to be eligible for the year-long option. If you are interested in the semester-long option, a high school diploma with a minimum of a B+ average or equivalent is required. Both options require a letter of consent from your guardian(s) if you are under the age of 18.

Additional Requirements by Country

Year StudentsSemester Students
United StatesSAT 1,250/ACT 24 OptionalSAT 1,250/ACT 28 Optional
CanadaQuebecCEGEP year preferredCEGEP year required
OntarioOSSD with 6 4U or 4M courses
Other ProvincesContact our offices in Canada
Other CountriesOfficial matriculation certificate or equivalent

English Language Requirement

If you are from a non-English-speaking country and have not previously studied at a secondary school where the language of instruction is English, you are required to take an English proficiency test.

A minimum TOEFL score of 89 on the internet-based test is required. The school code for TOEFL is 0206. Equivalent Cambridge or IELTS scores are also acceptable.


We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. See our application guidelines or apply online now. Please note on the application that you are applying for the “First-Year Study Abroad program.”


Questions? We’d love to hear from you.

Division of Undergraduate Studies
Rothberg International School The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Boyar Building, Room 427
Tel.: +972 2588 2628
Fax: +972 2 588 2363

Fast Facts


Undergraduate Study Abroad Program (USAP)

Language of Instruction:



Semester or year

Program Dates:

View our Academic Calendar for registration dates, deadlines, and more.


Completion of at least two full university semesters; minimum 3.0 (B) GPA; additional requirements for Special Interest Programs
First-year students see First-Year Study Abroad Program

Application Deadline:

Fall/Year 2022-2023 – April 30, 2022
Spring 2023 – November 30, 2022

Internship Possibility:

Yes; independent study also available


For financial information, see Tuition & Fees for undergraduates

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

Pre-Semester Program: “Encountering Jerusalem” 2022-23
Practical Hebrew Beginners 4 credits
One course on various aspects of Jerusalem The Bible and the City3 credits