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You may need a visa in order to attend Hebrew University. Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need to obtain this visa before traveling to Israel. The visa you require will depend on your citizenship and the length of the program you wish to attend. If you are an Israeli citizen or have Israeli parents, or if you are entitled to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return, you will find additional information tailored to your requirements below.

Summer & Short-Term Programs

Short-term programs are less than three months in duration. They include:

  • Summer Courses & Special Programs
  • Jerusalem Ulpan, Summer Ulpan, Scopus Ulpan, and Winter Ulpan  

Contact your nearest Israeli embassy or consulate to determine if you need to obtain a visa prior to leaving for Israel and what type of visa may be required for your length of stay.

Long-Term Programs

Long-term programs are more than three months in duration. They include:

  • Semester & Year Programs
  • Graduate Degree Programs 

For long-term programs, you must obtain a multiple-entry A/2 student visa through an Israeli embassy or consulate prior to your arrival in Israel.  Otherwise, you may not be allowed to enter the country. A multiple-entry student visa will simplify the process of traveling in and out of Israel during your studies.

Obtaining the Visa

  • You will need to present your acceptance letter from Hebrew University.
  • Your passport must be valid for the full period of the visa.  

Check with your local Israeli embassy or consulate about any additional documentation that may be required and the expected processing time for the visa. If you plan to travel to Israel with your family, your local Israeli embassy or consulate can also explain the relevant procedure for requesting visas for your spouse and children.

Israeli Citizens

If you are an Israeli citizen or have Israeli parents, please contact your local Israeli embassy or consulate before leaving for Israel. This applies to you if one of the following is true:

  • You are an Israeli citizen.
  • You were born in Israel.
  • You have at least one parent who is an Israeli citizen.

The embassy or consulate staff can clarify and formalize your citizenship status, give information about deferment from military service, issue appropriate travel documents, and advise you as to the appropriate visa for your stay in Israel. If you are an Israeli citizen who is eligible for military service, you must obtain an official letter of deferment for at least six months in order to study at HebrewU. It is critical that you address these matters before you arrive in Israel. Otherwise, the government may require you to stay in Israel until resolution, during which you may incur extra costs and face additional legal requirements.

New Immigrants

If you are entitled to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return, you should contact the Jewish Agency Global Service Center for information about entering Israel with a new immigrant visa (Oleh). US, Canadian, and British students who are eligible to immigrate under the Law of Return can find more information from Israel’s Ministry of the Interior.

Visa Extensions

If you are already in Israel and your visa will expire during the course of your studies, you must apply to the Ministry of the Interior to extend your visa. The Ministry of the Interior (in Hebrew) is located at 25 Eliyahu Koren Street in Jerusalem and is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There is no need to book an appointment. Please make sure that you have the appropriate paperwork.

Note: External students studying in the Division of Modern Hebrew Language Instruction will be charged US$ 15 for an official letter confirming they have been admitted to studies and have paid tuition.


Please get in touch with us if you have any trouble securing your visa.

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