We’re happy you’ve chosen to come study with us in Jerusalem at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) for a semester or year as an undergraduate student! This page is meant to help you through the application process. Once you’ve read through it, apply online here.
We encourage you to apply using our online application, which we hope will make the application process as easy and convenient as possible. If your home school requires a printed copy, you will be able to print your submitted online application. If you are unable to apply using our online application, please email us to request an application.
Exchange students who have been nominated by their university for the Exchange Program, please click on the button below to apply:
Undergraduate Application Deadlines
|Program||Full Year/Autumn Semester||Spring Semester|
|All semester/year programs, |
including first-year/gap year
|May 31||November 15|
|Late applications are accepted subject to the approval of the program director.|
Eligibility & Program Cost
Please check your program page for information on eligibility and the cost of your program:
- You must submit all required supplementary application materials as outlined below. If you cannot provide all of the required documents by the deadline, you are advised to submit an incomplete application with a letter listing the missing documents and when you will submit them.
- The admissions team can only finalize decisions after receiving all required documents.
- We will send all correspondence to the “permanent mailing address” that you provided on the application form. You must notify the office of any change of address or personal information.
- You must submit multiple copies of some supplementary materials, as noted below.
- We cannot return supplementary documents or transfer them to any other institutions.
The non-refundable application fee of US$ 80 may be paid by:
- Credit card (MasterCard or VISA) during the online application process. Please note that there is a 1.9% convenience fee on all credit card payments.
- Cash (in person)
- Traveler’s check or money order payable to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Personal checks are not accepted.
- Bank transfer deposited or transferred to:
Bank Discount (#11)
Kanfei Nesharim Branch (#331)
Account number 33182
Swift/BIC Code: IDB LILITXXX
IBAN (US$): IL360113310000006197770
IBAN (€): IL030113310000010197771
The transfer should include your name and requested program. You must bring a copy of this transaction to ﬁnancial registration in Jerusalem.
If you are from the United States or Canada, you should consult your local office regarding payment procedures. For further information on how to make a payment, please see our Payment Information page.
Supplementary Application Materials
To be submitted with your online application or separately:
- Statement of purpose (essay) of 300-500 words in English. (Formats accepted: doc(x), rtf, pdf, txt. Maximum file size: 2Mb.) Please respond to one of the following three questions, and be sure to relate your essay to your program of study and your academic goals.
- Why do you wish to study abroad?
- What are the three most important things you hope to gain from your experience in Israel?
- Describe a recent experience, achievement, or dilemma that was profoundly meaningful to you and impacted your life. Elaborate on how it affected you.
Note: The Merit Scholarship essay replaces the personal statement for the undergraduate application. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.
- Resume or curriculum vitae detailing your academic honors, published materials, extracurricular/community activities, foreign study, and recent employment experience. If submitting separately from application, then two copies are required.
- Two confidential recommendations from faculty members who have first-hand knowledge of your academic abilities. If submitted separately from the online application, you must print two copies of the recommendation form and have them sent in sealed envelopes.
- One passport-sized photo uploaded to your online application.
- Israeli identity card (if applicable) in the form of a photocopy or scan of the inside page.
To be submitted separately from the online application:
- Two official transcripts, either originals or notarized copies, must be sent directly from the relevant division/faculty/program. Faxes are not accepted for this purpose. Documents can be verified by bringing the original and a photocopy to the RIS office.
- If the name on the academic records differs from the name on the application form, please submit official documentation authenticating the name change.
- If you are still in high school, you must submit a letter from your school testifying to your upcoming graduation date.
- Undergraduate study abroad program applicants must submit transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
- Freshman/academic gap program applicants must submit transcripts from each high school attended.
- Letter of parental consent should be submitted if you are less than 18 years of age at time of your application.
- Official TOEFL scores of 89 or above on the internet-based test (RIS code 0206). This is only required if you have not previously studied at an institution of higher education where the language of instruction was English. For further information, see the TOEFL website.
- Official SAT or ACT score report or standardized high school test results, required for freshman/first-year/gap-year program applicants only.
- Study abroad approval form (download). Not required for first-year/gap-year students.
- Hebrew placement exam designed to assess Hebrew knowledge and used to place you in the appropriate class according to your proficiency level. After you submit the online application, you will receive the student number and personal code necessary to take the exam. If you are a complete beginner, you are advised to use the Aleph-Bet Click courseware on our website to study the Hebrew alphabet before you begin the course.
- Medical certificate (downloaded during application process) completed and signed by your physician.
Where to Send Undergraduate Application Materials
Students from the United States
Office of Academic Affairs
Rothberg International School
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
One Battery Park Plaza, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10004-1405
Tel.: +1 (800) 404 8622, or +1 (212) 607 8520
Fax: +1 (212) 809 4183
Students from All Other Countries
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Rothberg International School
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Boyar Building Room 426,
91905 Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Tel.: +972 2 588 2628
Fax: +972 2 588 2363
The only evidence of acceptance to a Rothberg International School Division of Undergraduate Studies program is an official letter issued by one of these offices:
- Division of Undergraduate Studies at RIS
- Office of Academic Affairs of the Hebrew University, New York
If you have received a conditional acceptance letter, you will only be permitted to complete financial registration and enroll in study programs after you have received a letter confirming that you have satisfied the conditions, as follows:
- Completion of current studies
- Fulfillment of language requirement(s) (Hebrew, English, Literary Arabic, Biblical Hebrew)
- Presentation of official documents
Acceptance letters are valid only for the year issued. Deferred admission is not possible, and candidates must reapply each year.
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Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School offers you a challenging and rewarding academic environment to help you achieve your goals. Our tailored, flexible programs offer short- and long-term study opportunities.