Welcome to Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School! Here’s a look at student life during the Mechina Program and BASIS.
StaffWe are a team of Israeli students (called madrichim) who live in the dormitories and can assist you in getting the most out of life at Hebrew University. Each of us speaks a different language to make helping you even easier!
EventsWe work hard to offer you many fun events that will complement your academic experience.
TripsOur trips vary from tours of the unique graffiti in Tel Aviv, a visit to the Knesset (Israeli parliament), and an outing to the Jerusalem Start-Up Hub to fun bowling nights!
ActivitiesOnce a month, we host an activity according to languages, such as sushi making, movie night, baking, and more. Check out our current calendar of activities.
CultureDuring the semester, the Office of Student Life (OSL) also offers evening events about Israeli society, which will help you get to know the different cultures, foods, people, and opinions we have in Israel! Previous programs have included learning about Israeli ethnic groups through their unique foods, and visits from high-level experts such as members of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) and an Israeli Defense Forces media and PR representative. You can also like our general OSL Facebook group. Please also share this link with your friends! A link to the Preparatory Program group will be emailed to you prior to your arrival.
Student LifeWe encourage you to take advantage of your time in Israel and meet Israelis! HebrewU offers many ways to get involved with local students, such as the OSL-Student Union joint program Mehubarim (“Connected”), which has activities that connect local and international students. There are many student groups that you can get involved with, and Jerusalem also has a lot to offer. Students are active in social groups that build community gardens, promote coexistence, and host excellent parties! If all that isn't enough and you still find yourself bored, talk to us, and we’ll be happy to match you with a volunteer opportunity that fits your interests!
Jerusalem is a beautiful and diverse city – and the weather is pretty diverse too! Real Jerusalemites dress in layers that can be added or removed according to weather fluctuations. Bring layers! Also remember that you will be in Israel for a limited time – so bring your laptop and Kindle, but make sure to put them down often to get out and experience the country!