International Office: Overview

Promoting strategic international collaboration.

Managing student exchange programs.

Supporting visiting scientists and scholars.

These are just a few of the areas in which the Hebrew University International Office initiates, stimulates and enriches the academic environment for both our students and our faculty, and for those who visit from abroad to study with them. We create and support cooperation with academic institutions abroad, proactively driving internationalization with a futuristic, multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary vision.

On campus, we encourage faculties and departments to increase the number of courses and full degree programs offered in English, and we promote the creation of joint and double degrees.

The Hebrew University has so much to offer; our goal is to maximize the mutual, measurable benefit of each and every relationship we create between individuals and educational institutions around the world.

HUJI – International Impact


givat ramThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 100, worldwide. We are currently ranked 87th in the authoritative Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. In addition, The University was ranked the top Israeli university and 186th best out of the top 800 institutions in the 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published by the British magazine Times Higher Education. HUJI was the only Israeli university to place in the world’s top 200 universities in the rankings.

Also, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been ranked first in Israel and 145th globally in the 2017 QS World University Rankings which ranks the top 800 institutions worldwide.

Producing unparalleled excellence in research, teaching and study, the Hebrew University’s world-renowned scholars have achieved extraordinary breakthroughs in disciplines ranging from agriculture to brain research, from economics to education, and so many more. These accomplishments are reflected in the impressive number of competitive research grants obtained by its faculty, as well as by the registration of a disproportionately high number of international patents. 

Articles and studies by University scholars appear frequently in prestigious scientific and academic journals, and their research has garnered them outstanding awards in Israel and abroad.  Thus far, faculty and alumni have won seven Nobel Prizes, one Fields Medal (the Nobel Prize’s equivalent in mathematics), one Canada Gairdner International Award in biomedical science, and 14 Wolf Prizes. 

The Hebrew University is particularly proud of its “Startup Nation” technology transfer company, Yissum, which ranks among the most productive and successful incubator frameworks in the world:

  • Since its founding in 1964, Yissum has licensed over 530 technologies
  • It registers more than 50 new patents each year
  • Yissum generates $2 billion revenues annually

Global Activity: The Numbers

The figures speak for themselves:

  • 265 academic agreements with institutions in 45 countries
  • Student exchange agreements with 56 institutions in 24 countries
  • 90 courses for the study of some 30 languages
  • 308 post-doctoral researchers from 34 countries
  • An annual enrolment of almost 2000 students from 80 countries at the Rothberg International School.
  • In September 2012, the Hebrew University became one of the first institutions to join Coursera, which partners with leading universities to offer free online courses to people everywhere.

Impact Felt Around the World

The Hebrew University has been a leader in actively driving advances that both improve lives — and save lives — around the globe, in sectors like agriculture, environmental quality and public health. Students from developing countries have carried out advanced studies at the Hebrew University, and then returned to their countries, equipped with the know-how to apply the knowledge and skills they need to change reality for the better.

The University’s Rothberg International School for overseas students is proud to list among its alumni: Actress Natalie Portman, journalist Thomas Friedman



Top 10 Reasons to Study in Jerusalem!

Jerusalem Marathon

  1. The feel the vibe you can only get surrounded by the creativity, innovation and “chutzpa” of the StartUp Nation.
  2. A single giant hill in Jerusalem where you’ll find the Knesset, the Supreme Court, Hebrew University, The Israel Museum and… Cinema City!
  3. Just moments from the Givat Ram campus is the Mahane Yehuda shuk… hundreds of stalls selling every staple and delicacy, from halva to halibut, truffles to tarragon, feta cheese to falafel. And if that’s not enough, dozens of restaurants and bars make it a new night spot.
  4. The views from any porch, virtually anywhere!
  5. English, English, everywhere! And French. And Russian. And Spanish. And Italian…
  6. Perfect Mediterranean weather – yes, a month where it’s chilly (and often snows for a day or two) and another couple when it’s just hot. Aside from that, almost year-round it’s stunning, breezy and all about being outside!
  7. Easy access to points citywide by bus, bike, cab, light rail, and by foot!
  8. The First Station — the rejuvenated train station with restaurants, music, exhibitions, vendors, and 7-D movies, all operating 7 days a week!
  9. The Jerusalem Marathon and the “Around Jerusalem” bike ride, both offering routes of all lengths and levels of difficulty – something for everyone!
  10. Meet up with Jews, Muslims, Christians, secular, religious, locals, expats from around the world…

The Team

The team at the International Office (located at the Mount Scopus Campus) is solely dedicated to coordinating and promoting all international activities across the institution:


Prof. Oron Shagrir
Academic Head and Vice President for International AffairsOron Shagrir
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, 9190500
Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972-(0)2- 5881195
Jane Turner
Head, International OfficeJane Turner
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, 9190500
Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972-(0)2- 5881914
Liat Gabai
Coordinator, Outgoing StudentsLiat Gabay
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, 9190500
Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972-(0)2-5881032
Limor Levy
Coordinator for International LiaisonsLimor Levy
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, 9190500
Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972-(0)2-5882924
Ayala Feinmesser-Mizrahi
Coordinator for Incoming StudentsAyala Feinmesser-Mizrahi
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, 9190500
Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972-(0)2-5880285
Shachar Kessler
Coordinator of Academic collaboration with China;
Coordinator of outgoing student exchangeShachar Kessler
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, 9190500
Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972-(0)2-5883428

Contact Us

Prof. Oron Shagrir, Vice President for International affairs, Email: oron.shagrir@cc.huji.ac.il

Ms. Jane Turner, Head, International Office, Email: janet@savion.huji.ac.il

Ms. Liat Gabai, Coordinator, Outgoing Students, Email: liatg@savion.huji.ac.il

Ms. Limor Levy, Coordinator for International Liaisons and Visiting Researchers, Email: limorl@savion.huji.ac.il

Ms. Ayala Feinmesser-Mizrahi, Coordinator for Incoming Students, Email: incoming@savion.huji.ac.il

Ms. Shachar Kessler, Coordinator for Academic Collaboration with China, Email: shachar.kessler@mail.huji.ac.il