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Dynamics of the Middle East: Politics and Society (D.O.M.E.)

The Middle East is constantly at the center of world attention. Its geo-political significance, the regional conflicts which affect global stability and the hopes and fears emanating from the “Arab Spring” all contribute to a widespread interest in the future of this area. 

Dynamics of the Middle East: Politics and Society (D.O.M.E.) provides an interdisciplinary approach to this exciting field combining academic courses, language studies, and field trips.  Students begin by taking a four-week intensive Hebrew language course (Winter Ulpan) prior to the beginning of the semester (5 credits).  Courses during the semester are offered in the areas of political science, international relations, history, sociology, religious studies and languages (a minimum of 15 credits during the semester).

The semester program includes:         

·         1 core course in Middle Eastern studies (3 credits) 

·         Language study: One of the following  Hebrew or Modern Standard Arabic (6 credits)  

·         Electives in Middle Eastern Studies, including Colloquial Arabic (6 credits)   

·         Students are able to participate in specialized internships at think tanks, policy forums, or media outlets.
They may also choose to an independent study in relevant topics, subject to approval. 

The DOME Program will include a series of excursions and lectures.  Some of these may include: 

·         Visiting Givat Haviva Center to learn more about Jewish-Arab dialogue and reconciliation  

·         Visiting Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to meet with Israeli diplomats 

·         A lecture with a Senior Researcher at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace

·         Touring Jerusalem’s diverse neighborhoods 

·         A lecture at Tantur Ecumenical Institute focusing on Christians in the Arab world 

*Program is subject to change 


Winter Hebrew Ulpan andSpring Semester:See the following link for the Undergraduate Division academic calendar:

Admission Requirements 
Students who have completed at least 28 college credits with a grade-point average of 3.0 and above (or the equivalent) are eligible to apply. 


All fees are listed in US dollars at the following link and are in effect for the 2015-16 academic year:


Financial Aid

A limited number of scholarships, based on demonstrated need or merit, are available.

Applicants should follow the procedure as required by their local office on the web at:



Applications must be submitted by November 15. Applications can be made through the RIS website at:

Please note on the application that you are applying to the Dynamics of the Middle East Program (DOME).



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 outdoor 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 Hebrew University. A comprehensive security orientation is given to all students upon arrival. Entrances to the Student Village and the Mount Scopus campus are guarded, and these facilities are patrolled around the clock. Student activities, whether on- or off-campus, meet the strictest security requirements. 


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