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STEAM for Social Change Bridging High-Tech & Social Entrepreneurship

Why STEAM for Social Change?

  • Develop innovative technology while interning on an Israeli hi-tech team.
  • Gain real-world professional experience in the “Start-Up Nation.”
  • Earn 20 academic credits from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Forge connections with Israeli and international students to experience a mosaic of cultures, immersing yourself in Israeli life.
  • Experience diverse activities with new friends.

Our innovative gap-year program gives you real-world professional experience under the guidance of experts in the field. The STEAM for social change program was launched in partnership with the Hilma (Tech for Impact)  Development Center, a technology incubator that works with companies including Cisco, Microsoft, and Intel. As part of their JTech Leaders Internship Program, you will design leading-edge application and solutions in the areas of welfare, education and health for the underserved in society. You’ll meet and work with recent Israeli high school graduates who are completing their national service at Hilma.

Jerusalem will be a second classroom for you, full of colorful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. You’ll experience Israel’s rich and vibrant culture through field trips, social activities, and courses. The academic credits you earn will be transferable to most top-tier colleges and universities abroad. After completing your first year at HebrewU, you will be poised to launch a career in the hi-tech sector and enter university with advanced skills in STEAM subjects.

You will start your year in a pre-semester boot camp where you will enhance you coding skills. Following this intensive training, you will be incorporated into a design team with your Israeli counterparts.  The remainder of your credits will be taken in introductory-level courses in Jewish, Israel, and Middle East studies, as well as in social sciences, business, and communications.

Program Structure & Credits

August – September 2020October – December 2020January 2021February – June 2021
Orientation at the Rothberg International School: settle in and meet your fellow students and your surroundings.

Boot Camp (5 credits): gain advanced and real-life experience as Full-Stack Web Developers. Technologies covered in the Bootcamp include HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, React, Firebase and GIT.
Internship (35 hours per-week, 3 credits): work as part of a development & design team, with Israeli counterparts who are completing their National Service.

Elective courses (3-6 credits): one or two introductory-level courses from our Undergraduate Course catalog.
InnovNation (3 credits): behind-the-scenes access to the high-tech industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Israel – the Start-Up Nation.

Ten days of winter vacation
Internship continued (35 hours per-week, 3 credits)

Additional elective courses (3-6 credits):

Two-week vacation for Passover holiday


You can view the introductory courses open to first-year students in our course catalog. We also invite you to review our faculty list to see with whom you may be studying.

You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life. From a tour of the Old City, to a trip to the Dead Sea, to checking out the festivals that are held throughout the year, you’ll build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel.

While residing on the Mount Scopus Campus with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, is also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.

Experience Jerusalem’s incredible mosaic of cultures, foods, religions, and peoples. Stroll through a lively street market or spend an evening with friends at a trendy nightclub. Immerse yourself in the lively arts and culture scene, or discover the city’s religious mosaic. Entrepreneurs, creatives, scholars, scientists, and activists all flock to Jerusalem, making it an exciting place to study abroad.

Make new friends and new memories as you discover first-hand Jerusalem’s rich history as well as its vibrant and innovative culture. Learn more about Jerusalem in the Student Life section and start planning your adventure.

Apply by:On a Rolling Admissions Basis (year and autumn semester)

RIS Announces an Extended Fall Registration Deadline & Flexible COVID-19 Refund Policy:

Our fall registration is on a rolling admissions basis!
Don’t worry, should you be unable to attend our program this fall due to COVID-19, you will be eligible for a full refund through August 30th, 2020, including application fee, housing and tuition.

Arrive on campus by: August 5, 2020

Program length: Year

RIS Announces an Extended Fall Registration Deadline & Flexible COVID-19 Refund Policy:

Our fall registration is on a rolling admissions basis!
Don’t worry, should you be unable to attend our program this fall due to COVID-19, you will be eligible for a full refund through August 30th, 2020, including application fee, housing and tuition.

For financial information, see Tuition & Fees for Undergraduate Study Abroad Programs.


Rothberg will be offering significant scholarships to all accepted students. Students from the United States will receive an automatic $5000 scholarship. Participants originating from other countries will receive similar amounts. To apply, follow the procedure required by your local office.

  • A high school diploma and a strong background in STEAM subjects.
  •  3.7 cumulative GPA – or an average of 95%.  All applicants will have a personal interview and complete a psycho-technical exam.
  • Letter of consent from your guardian(s) if you are under the age of 18.

Additional Requirements by Country

Additional Requirements by Country
United StatesSAT 1,250/ACT 24SAT 1,250/ACT 28
CanadaQuebecCEGEP year preferred
OntarioOSSD with 6 4U or 4M courses
Other ProvincesContact our offices in Canada
Other CountriesOfficial matriculation certificate or equivalent

English Language Requirement

If you are from a non-English-speaking country and have not previously studied at a secondary school where the language of instruction is English, you are required to take an English proficiency test.

A minimum TOEFL score of 89 on the internet-based test is required. The school code for TOEFL is 0206. Equivalent Cambridge or IELTS scores are also acceptable.


We’re pleased you’re applying to join us in Jerusalem. See our application guidelines or apply online now. Please note on the application that you are applying for the “STEAM for Social Change” program.


Questions? We’d love to hear from you.

Toby Galili
Internship Center, Rothberg International School The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Boyar Building, Room 432
Tel.: +972 2 588 0219
Fax: +972 2 588 2363
Office hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fast Facts


STEAM for Social Change in partnership with Hilma

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Program Dates:

August 5, 2020 – June 30, 2021 


High school diploma; minimum 3.7 (A) GPA; TOFEL 89 (IBT) or equivalent.

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions 


US$ 27,000 (including housing)

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