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This unique program, initiated jointly by the Rothberg International School (RIS) and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) combines artistic training in dance skills and technique with academic exposure to Israel's challenging social, historical and cultural environment. DanceJerusalem offers university-level artistic and technical training in the disciplines of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance (including Ohad Naharin's GaGa), Choreography, Repertoire and Improvisation. Within the framework of a comprehensive survey course, "Dance in Israel", students create, rehearse and perform works with outstanding Israeli composers and choreographers.

Students choose from a wide range of academic courses as well as Hebrew Language. For details see the online course list .

Upon completion of the program, students will receive academic transcripts from each institution.

Students may come for an autumn semester, a spring semester or the entire academic year. The year program runs from the beginning of September to the end of June. An autumn semester option starts at the same time and ends in early January.

Students take a four-week intensive Hebrew language course (Ulpan) before the beginning of their first semester. Each session awards 5 credits.


Year Program

Students may earn 35 credits for the following studies:

Semester Program (Autumn or Spring)

Students may earn 20 credits for the following studies:

  • Undergraduate  Ulpan  (5 credits) & Israeli Choreographers Workshop in the afternoons (4 credits) or   Winter Ulpan (5 credits) & Israeli Choreographers Repertoire Workshop in the afternoons (2 credits)

  • Autumn or Spring Semester
    Dance classes (9 credits) and  
    2 classes at the RIS   (6 credits).

Dance Curriculum

  • Classical Ballet:   Based on traditional techniques, including the Vaganova Technique and Royal Academy of Dance syllabus as well as all elements of barre, centre and full combinations from adagio through petite and grande allegro.

  • Contemporary Dance: Based on the modern dance techniques of Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham and contemporary release techniques, including Gaga as developed by Ohad Naharin and taught by dancers of the BatSheva Dance Company.

  • Choreography: Production of original student works under the guidance of working faculty choreographers in cooperation with student composers from the JAMD’s Department of Music Composition.

  • Repertoire Workshops:   Intensive rehearsals with contemporary Israeli choreographers creating new works with DanceJerusalem students.
  • Improvisation:   Structured improvisation in cooperation with students from the JAMD’s Multi-Disciplinary Music Department, students from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Department of Costume and Stage Design, and instruction in video dance techniques.

  • Dance in Israel:   Combination of theoretical and practical study of the contemporary Israeli dance world, including workshops, performances, rehearsals, lectures and demonstrations with many of the companies and choreographers working in Israel today.

Special Admission Requirements

Dance students who have completed 28 semester credits with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 and above (or its equivalent) are eligible to apply. Graduate Students are also eligible. Applicants will be required to audition and applications will be jointly reviewed by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Rothberg International School   and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.  


Candidates can apply through the Rothberg International School website Please note on the application that you are applying for DanceJerusalem .

All fees are listed in US dollars at the following link:

Financial Aid

A limited number of scholarships, based on demonstrated need or merit, are available from the Friends of the Hebrew University offices. Applicants should follow the procedure as delineated by their local office


Applications for Autumn / Year must be submitted by May 31 and for Spring semester by November 15.  Applications can be made through the
RIS website. Please note on the application that you are applying for DanceJerusalem .  


Participants are housed in the modern Scopus Student Village, adjacent to the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus. Each student is allocated a private air-conditioned bedroom in a suite with 4 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 their own linens, blankets, pillows, dinnerware and cooking utensils, which can be purchased locally. A supermarket and self-service laundry can be found in the Student Village. Reasonable priced meals and snacks may be purchased on campus as well as in the nearby French Hill shopping center.

Extracurricular Activity Package

Students receive a full activity package, which includes opportunities for touring the country, attending seminars and workshops, and participating in cultural and social events as well as holiday celebrations and recreational clubs.

Health and Counseling Services

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

Madrichim  – Counselors

A team of specially selected Israeli students called madrichim reside in the Student Village and facilitate 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.

Sports Center

The Lerner Family Indoor Sports Complex, located near the Student Village, includes a semi-Olympic swimming pool, sauna, gym, weight room, spinning studio and aerobic center. Adjacent to the complex are the Sir Arthur   Gilbert tennis courts. Students may participate in a wide variety of classes offered at the center.


The safety, security and well-being of its students are of primary concern to the JAMD and the Hebrew University. A comprehensive security orientation is given to all students upon arrival. Entrances to the Student Village as well as the Edmond J. Safra and Mt. Scopus campuses are guarded, and all of these facilities are patrolled around the clock. Shuttles and buses connect the two campuses.  Student activities, whether on- or off-campus, meet the strictest security requirements.

The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance is Israel’s creative center for performing artists and has hosted many renowned performers: Honorary Fellows include Maestri Daniel Barenboim and Mstislav Rostropovich. JAMD faculty and graduates are among the leading conductors, performers, dancers, choreographers and music educators throughout   Israel, Europe and   North America. With over 300 concerts and performances scheduled during the year, JAMD provides ample opportunity for its students to appear on stage. Student and teacher ensembles, orchestras, dance groups and choirs have received international acclaim and participate in festivals and special projects all over the world. JAMD is recognized by the Council for Higher Education in Israel   as an Institution of Higher Education with the authority to grant the following degrees: B.Dance, B.Mus., B.Ed.Mus. and M.Mus. JAMD also awards the following joint degrees with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: B.A.Dance, B.A.Mus. and M.A.Mus. For more information please contact the Program Director,   Paul Bloom, JAMD

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