This non-degree program offers a flexible academic framework for students who wish to participate in seminars and language courses from a variety of areas. While this program does not offer a degree, a full transcript will be provided in order to facilitate the transfer of credit to the student's home university.
The areas covered by the program are precisely those for which the Hebrew University has acquired a reputation for excellence and where Israel and Jerusalem provide a natural environment for advanced academic work: Biblical and Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Jewish Education, Israeli Society and Politics and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Language instruction is offered in Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Akkadian, Biblical Aramaic, Literary Arabic, Colloquial Arabic and Greek.
Continuing Studies at the Hebrew University
Students who decide to pursue a graduate degree at the Hebrew University at either the RIS or one of the Hebrew University faculties/schools may use their time in the Graduate Year Program to improve their Hebrew and fulfill certain degree requirements.
Students are normally expected to study for a full academic year but may opt to enroll for one semester only. Students studying for only one semester may request to study part-time, i.e. they may enroll in up to two semester courses. Students coming for the academic year may request to study part-time, i.e. they may enroll in up to four semester courses. Note that a year-long course (i.e. a course extending over two semesters) is equal to two semester courses.
Course of Study
Students create their own program for a single semester or a full year, based on their academic interests and research goals. Students may choose from graduate courses offered at the RIS as well as other faculties and schools of the Hebrew University.
The recommended course load for a full-time student per semester is a course in Modern Hebrew language (10 hours a week) and 3-4 graduate courses (around 8-10 hours a week).
The course load for a part-time student is up to 2 courses per semester (including Modern Hebrew language). Please note that a year-long course is equivalent to two semester courses.
It is possible to replace a seminar with an individual tutorial. Students will be expected to complete courses for credit with a grade based on either an exam or written paper.
Tutorials - A tutorial (2 semester hours) provides an instructional framework in which students can study one-on-one or in small groups with instructors from the Hebrew University faculty. In tutorials, students can investigate areas of knowledge in which they have a special interest. While the format and scheduling of a tutorial are flexible, the student and tutor are expected to meet for at least three sessions over the course of the semester. The topic of the tutorial, reading and written assignments, and a detailed schedule of meetings are to be worked out between the student and the tutor (subject to the approval of the student's academic advisor). A paper is to be submitted at the conclusion of the tutorial course.
Qualified students with a Bachelor's degree from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students should have at least a 3.2 ("B") grade-point average.
Knowledge of English: Candidates who did not previously study at an educational institution where the sole language of instruction is English must submit official TOEFL scores or IELTS. The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test or 89 on the internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score required is 7.
Candidates are welcome to apply to this program in one of the following academic frameworks:
Visiting Students – Students who have received a Bachelor's degree but have not yet begun a graduate program.
Visiting Graduate Students – Students who are studying toward or have received a Master's degree.
Visiting Research Students – Students who are pursuing or have received a Ph.D.