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
Autumn Practical Hebrew Beginners (Click here to view course syllabus.) 4 credits
Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic Beginners 5 credits
One course on various aspects of Jerusalem Jerusalem: A Journey through Time and Space “>(Click here to view course info & syllabus.) 3 credits
One City – Many Religions Beginners (Click here to view course syllabus.)
Practical Hebrew Beginners 4 credits
One course on various aspects of Jerusalem The Bible and the City 3 credits
Jerusalem’s Women: Gender Issues in a Mixed City 3 credits
During the semester
- Modern Hebrew (6-7 credits)
- Two or three introductory-level courses (3 credits per course)
- Community service option
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.
Fall/Year 2022-2023 – April 30, 2022
Program length: Semester or year
View our Course Registration Deadlines.
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 Students||Semester Students|
|United States||SAT 1,250/ACT 24||SAT 1,250/ACT 28|
|Canada||Quebec||CEGEP year preferred||CEGEP year required|
|Ontario||OSSD with 6 4U or 4M courses|
|Other Provinces||Contact our offices in Canada|
|Other Countries||Official 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.
Advisor Division of Undergraduate Studies
Rothberg International School The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Boyar Building, Room 428
Tel.: +972 2 588 1628
Fax: +972 2 588 2363
Office hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
First-Year Study Abroad Program
Language of Instruction:
Semester or year
Fall Pre-Semester Course (September 6 – October 3) / Fall Semester (October 23, 2022 – January 27, 2023)
Spring Pre-Semester Course (February 1, 2023 – February 23, 2023) / Spring Semester: (February 28, 2023 – June 30, 2023)
High school diploma; minimum 3.0 (B) GPA; TOEFL 89 (IBT) or equivalent
Community service option available
For financial information, see Tuition & Fees for Other undergraduate