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ArtJerusalem, a joint initiative of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School (RIS), combines artistic training, university study and first-hand exposure to Israel's challenging social, historical and cultural environment.Studies include a wide variety of art courses in such areas as Painting, Sculpture, Drawing and Screen Printing.

Students also choose from a broad selection of university courses in Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Religion, Behavioral Sciences and Environmental Studies, as well as Hebrew Language. A comprehensive course list is available at: Diverse extracurricular activities also complement the program.


The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem 

The name "Bezalel" is synonymous with more than 100 years of Israeli art, innovation, quality, originality and excellence. The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is Israel’s most renowned art and design institution. Established in 1906 by Prof. Boris Schatz, Bezalel is also Israel’s oldest academic institution, offering students from all over the world a wide range of theoretical and practical courses in all the different art and design media. 

Today the Bezalel Academy is home to 2,000 gifted students and 400 lecturers. Both the faculty and the student body are driven by a passion to create and by their meticulous attention to detail and excellence. These two cornerstones have placed Bezalel at the epicenter of Israel's cultural discourse and artistic scene, making it instrumental in shaping and enriching the country's cultural identity. Sigalit Landau, Michal Rovner and Adi Nes are among the leading artists, photographers, architects and designers who began their career at Bezalel.  

Bezalel awards Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Architecture degrees. Masters degrees are offered in Fine Arts, Industrial Design and Urban Design. 

Israel is uniquely situated in a geo-political junction, a meeting point of Western and Eastern culture, between Islam and the Judeo-Christian world. In this context, Bezalel’s mission is not only to promote the spirit and tradition of Jewish creativity, but also to nurture a humanistic and pluralistic spirit which promotes tolerance and respect for the individual and their creative endeavors. 

For additional information, see: 


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

The Hebrew University is Israel's premier academic institution and one of the most prestigious universities worldwide. Founded in 1925 by such luminaries as Martin Buber, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, the University has become a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research, as well as a scientific center of international repute. 

Some 23,000 students study on the Hebrew University's four campuses, including more than 1,500 students from over 65 countries who have come to the Rothberg International School to pursue degrees or earn transfer credits. The RIS offers a full range of accredited courses taught in English. Bezalel's main facilities and the RIS are located in adjacent buildings on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 



Students may choose year, autumn or spring options. 


1.       Hebrew Language Program (Ulpan) (5 credits) 

Required of all students 

Intensive 100-hour program offered during the summer or winter. An expanded Summer Ulpan is available for an additional fee (see:


2.       Semester Studies 

Students choose one of the following tracks: 


Art Specialization Track 

·         12 credits of Bezalel classes per semester 

·         3 credits of RIS classes per semester  


Art Academic Track 

·         7-8 credits of Bezalel classes per semester 

·         7-8 credits of RIS classes per semester 


Art Exposure Track 

·         3 credits of Bezalel classes per semester 

·         12 credits of RIS classes per semester 







All fees are listed in US dollars and are in effect for the 2015-16 academic year.



Participants are housed in the modern Scopus Student Village, near the Mount Scopus campus. Each student is allocated a private air-conditioned bedroom in a suite with four other bedrooms as well as a living room, a kitchen and bathroom facilities. A high-speed Internet connection and telephone landline are available for an additional fee. Students must supply linens, blankets, pillows, dinnerware and cooking utensils, which can be purchased locally. A supermarket and self-service laundry are located in the Student Village. Reasonably priced meals and snacks may be purchased on campus as well as in the nearby French Hill shopping center. 


Extracurricular Activity Package 

Students receive an activity package that includes opportunities for touring Jerusalem and other parts of Israel, attending seminars and workshops, and participating in cultural and social events as well as holiday celebrations and recreational clubs.  

Madrichim – Counselors 

A team of specially selected Israeli students called madrichim resides in the Student Village and facilitates the acclimation of international students to life and society in Israel. In the event of an emergency, a counselor is on call 24-hours-a-day. 


Health and Counseling Services 

Comprehensive health insurance is included in the tuition fee. Students also have access to an in-house psychologist. 


Sports Center 

The Lerner Family Indoor Sports Complex, located near the Student Village, includes a semi-Olympic swimming pool, sauna, gym, weight room and aerobic fitness center. Adjacent to the complex are ten outdoor tennis courts and two multipurpose courts. Students may participate in a wide variety of classes offered at the center. Membership entails an extra fee. 



The safety, security and well-being of all students are of primary concern to the Bezalel Academy and the Hebrew University. A comprehensive security orientation is given to all students upon arrival. Entrances to the campus and the Student Village are guarded, and all of these facilities are patrolled around the clock. Student activities, whether on- or off-campus, meet the strictest security requirements. 


Admission Requirements 

The program is open to high school graduates and university undergraduate art students with a 'B' average or its equivalent. 


Financial Aid 

A limited number of scholarships, based on demonstrated need or merit, are available from the offices listed below. Applicants should follow the procedure as delineated by their local office on the web at: 



Applications for Autumn / Year must be submitted by April 28 and for the Spring semester by November 15. Applications can be made through the RIS website at: Please note on the application that you are applying for ArtJerusalem.


Art Studies 

Art studies in all tracks are offered in two formats: 

Students with advanced training may request to study in one of Bezalel's art departments (see below), which requires submission of a portfolio. 

The student should submit an array of work representing them (often 10-15 pieces) on a hard copy CD/DVD. 


Students who wish to explore the world of art and design will be placed in the Bezalel Art Program under the auspices of the Fine Arts Department.  

For more information on the departments and available courses, see the following links:  




Ceramic and Glass Design 



Fine Arts



Industrial Design



Jewelry and Fashion




Screen Based Arts 



Visual Communication 






We reserve the right to change any information contained herein without prior notice. 


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