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Internship and Language Accelerator

Why Study Abroad at Hebrew University?

  • Live, study and work in Jerusalem, the cultural, political and religious epicenter of Israel.
  • Gain valuable international work experience at one of our world-class internships that will give you a step ahead in today’s competitive workforce.
  • Strengthen your language skills by taking courses in either Modern Hebrew or Arabic.
  • Network with Israelis and international students from over 90 countries.
  • Benefit from guidance and support of your workplace mentor and the on-campus internship coordinator.

This program is specially designed for college graduates who are looking for an unforgettable experience that will enrich their lives professionally and personally. Participants will discuss their interests with our internship coordinator to find a well-suited internship from 60+ options. Participants then choose to study either Hebrew or Arabic to help them feel more comfortable in Jerusalem and develop their language skills. The main goals of this program are to build participant’s international work experience and language skills, to enhance their professional lives, and expand their personal horizons.

The program can be for a semester (Fall/Spring) or year. The two components for this program are an internship and a language class at the university.


  • The internship coordinator will assist participants with internship guidance and placement.
  • Participants can choose an internship from a variety of sectors, including: business, STEM (including labs at HebrewU), art science, archaeology, history, politics, government, media, non-profits, etc.

Please contact our internship coordinator for information on available internships in your area of interest.

Language Course

Participants may choose between studying Modern Hebrew or Arabic language course. Both Modern Standard Arabic and Amia (colloquial Arabic) are offered.

A placement exam will determine each participant’s level of proficiency. There are a number of language levels offered.

Modern Hebrew:

Two tracks are offered:

  • Practical Hebrew, beginners, intermediate and advanced courses, will meet twice a week for a total of five hours weekly.
  • Modern Hebrew language (class will meet three-four times a week for a total of eight-fourteen hours weekly)
  • Practical Hebrew pre-semester course also available at a beginner’s level.


Students are eligible for up to 3 academic credits of independent study or coursework per semester in Arabic. Additional fees apply for those who wish to complete more than this.

See the Curriculum section on this page for Arabic levels offered in Modern Standard Arabic and Amia.


  • Beginners with no prior background in Arabic who wish to study Arabic during the Fall semester or for the year must participate in the Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic pre-semester course. The Spring semester does not offer this pre-semester course.

The recommended route for Arabic beginners who wish to join the accelerator in the Fall semester is as follows:

  • Pre-semester Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic course, and then Amia at the beginner level in the Fall semester.

If the student is interested in continuing with the Internship and Language Accelerator into the Spring semester, the route above may be followed with Amia Beginners Plus as independent study, or with Modern Standard Arabic at the beginner’s level, also as independent study.

  • It is possible to study at the advanced level of Modern Standard Arabic or Amia in both the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Intermediate Arabic students are requested to contact the Undergraduate Division to determine the best options for them.

It is possible to participate in the Arabic Language Intensive Program instead of the Internship and Language Accelerator should you wish to put more emphasis on the Arabic language component as opposed to the internship.

Experience Jerusalem’s incredible mosaic of cultures, foods, religions, and peoples. Stroll through a lively street market, encounter the sites where ancient history comes alive, and then spend an evening with friends at a trendy nightclub. Volunteer with one of the many nonprofit organizations here or immerse yourself in the lively arts and culture scene. Entrepreneurs, creatives, scholars, scientists, archeologists and activists all flock to Jerusalem, making it an exciting place to study abroad.

Make new friends and create new memories as you discover 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.

Registration: Admissions will be on a rolling basis.
Program length: Fall/Spring Semesters or year-long program.

View our Academic Calendar for registration dates and more.

View our Course Registration Deadlines.

For financial information, see Tuition & Fees

In order to be eligible for this program, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by Hebrew University.
  • Final GPA: Minimum of 3.0 (B) or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of English. If you are from a non-English-speaking country and have not previously studied at an institution of higher education 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.


  • All applicants must complete a video interview with the Internship Coordinator prior to acceptance.


Questions? We’d love to hear from you

Division of Undergraduate Studies
Rothberg International School
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Boyar Building, Room 426
Jerusalem, Israel 9190501


Tel.: +972 2 588 1628 or +972 2 588 2610
Fax: +972 2 588 2363

Office hours: Sunday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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