Welcome to Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School!
Here’s a look at life during your stay with us as an undergraduate student.
We 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. Our team is here to provide you with the ultimate Israel experience! We arrange trips, activities, and social events that enhance your time at HebrewU from a social and cultural perspective. In addition to organizing fun and memorable experiences, we also help you get used to life in Israel and on the Hebrew University campus, so don’t hesitate to ask us questions about transportation, food, events – anything at all! We’re sure to have lots of things in common. We are students at Hebrew University, too, so please say “shalom” to us between classes, in the Student Village, at the gym, and around Jerusalem. Contact us now!
We enjoy working hard to offer you a wide variety of events to complement your academic experience.
Our weekend trips will take you all over Israel, from north to south, showing you the country the best way possible – on your feet! We will hike through the country, experiencing the diverse terrain and beautiful views Israel has to offer.
Our shorter trips vary, from visits to a boutique cider factory and an Israeli Defense Forces base to tours of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) and the Jerusalem Start-Up Hub!
Check our current calendar of activities
- Annual Thanksgiving event, sponsored by Beit Hillel and M. Arlene Kaufman, with delicious food and an awesome band
- Opening semester Shabbat dinner
- Meeting with Jerusalem nighttime business owners
An email list of special events and activities, both on- and off-campus, will go out to you every week. These emails are specific to your program, so you can be assured that they will complement your studies in a unique way.
Once a week, the Office of Student Life (OSL) offers evening events on Israeli society, which will help you become familiar with the different cultures, foods, people, and opinions we have in Israel! Previous programs have included visits from high-level experts such as members of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) and an Israeli Defense Forces media and PR representative, as well as volunteers from a Modern Orthodox LGBTQ group. Like the OSL at Hebrew University's page on Facebook!
Please also share this link with your friends! A link to the undergraduate Facebook group will be emailed to you prior to your arrival.
We really encourage you to take advantage of your time in Israel and meet Israelis! Hebrew University offers many ways to get involved with local students, such as the OSL-Student Union joint program Mehubarim (“Connected”), which offers activities that connect local and international students. The Student Union, called Agudat Hastudentim, represents all students at Hebrew University. You’ll have access to many services and social activities through the RIS coordinator in the Aguda.
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 go out and experience the country!