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Grades & Credits


Universities in Israel use numeric grades instead of letter grades. The chart below provides the equivalent letter grade for each numeric score you will receive: 

A +95-100A88-94A –85-87
B +82-84B78-81B –75-77
C +72-74C68-71C –65-67
WFWithdrawal/FailureActPActive ParticipationExempExempt

The pass/fail option is available only for the Summer Ulpan.  If you wish to transfer credits, we strongly suggest you check with your home college or university in advance to determine whether a pass/fail grade is acceptable. The decision to receive a pass/fail grade is binding and cannot be changed.

Withdrawal (W)

If you register for a course, you will be expected to complete it. If you wish to withdraw from a course, you may be granted the grade “W” (withdrawal without penalty) provided that:

  • It is not a required course.
  • Your number of weekly study hours do not drop below the required minimum of 15 credits per semester (undergraduates only).
  • It is not past the deadline for withdrawal.

Withdrawal/Failure (WF)

If you fail to complete a course and do not receive permission to withdraw, your grade for that course will be recorded as “WF.” This grade represents failure for non-academic reasons, meaning the requirements of the program were not met.

If you fail to complete first-semester courses, you will not be permitted to continue in the second semester without the program director’s approval.

Exception: The Undergraduate Division of Rothberg International School where a specific calendrical deadline exists for withdrawal from courses. A student who chooses not to attend a final exam or submit a final paper and has failed to drop the course according to the deadlines set will receive a grade of zero for the final course requirement. See academic registration deadlines for courses.

Weekly Hours

Each semester in the Division of Undergraduate Studies is 11 weeks. All other faculties have 14-week semesters.

Credit Points

Credit points are determined by the number of hours of study per week.

In the Division of Undergraduate Studies, four academic hours (180 minutes) per week per semester is equivalent to three credit points.

In the Summer Ulpan, one credit point equals 20 academic hours.

In all other faculties, each hour per week per semester is equivalent to one credit point, with the exception of preparatory courses, which receive one half a credit per hour per week. A student may receive additional credit points for special tasks (for example, three points for a seminar paper, or two points for a shorter paper).


As a student at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School, you are eligible to receive a total of five official copies of your transcript free of charge within the first six months after you complete the academic requirements of your program*.

These five transcripts may be a combination of paper and digital transcripts. A maximum of three of the five free transcripts can be digital copies.

*This time frame is defined as the first six month after completing the academic requirements of your program.

Transcripts cannot be issued to you if you have unreturned library books or dormitory keys, or any outstanding fees for tuition, housing, or health insurance.

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