International Students

WHY STUDY AT THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY?

nnnnn

  • Ranked Number One in excellence in Israel and among the top 100 universities worldwide
  • Eight Nobel Prize winners in recent years are HU graduates or researchers
  • HU researchers have won numerous prestigious prizes
  • Over 150 areas of study are offered, including many interdisciplinary programs
  • Innovation and creativity in teaching and research (e.g., Neural Computation, Cognition, Computational Biology, Study of Rationality)
  • Four campuses host students from around the world
  • Top-level student services, including state-of-the-art sports facilities and student housing on all campuses
  • Incredible panoramic view of  the 3000-year-old city of Jerusalem from classroom windows

Degree Programs

The Hebrew University offers programs at all levels. Most degree programs are taught in Hebrew. There are also a wide variety of degree programs offered in English.

Graduate Degree Programs for International Students

Medicine

Agriculture (1 year programs)

Natural Sciences

Business Studies (1 year program)

Humanities (1 year programs)

Law (1 year programs)

Law and Social Sciences (1 year program)

Social Sciences

Social Work (1 year program)

 

 

 

 

Admission Information

We welcome applications from international students from all over the globe!

In order to apply to Graduate Studies at the Hebrew University you are required to meet the following prerequisites:

1. Bachelors degree from a recognized university

2. "B" average in undergraduate studies or its equivalent.

These are the minimum admission requirements. Many departments are selective and require a higher grade average.

3. Additional exams may be required, such as the GRE or GMAT. 

4. Knowledge of English:

All candidates are required to meet English proficiency requirements as listed in the program website. TOEFL and IELTS are recognized.

The Department Admissions Committee takes the final decisions after review of the candidate’s academic achievements.

More information on specific admission requirements is available in the program website.

Application Procedures


Faculty Degree Programs:

The Overseas Applicants Unit handles all applications for degree studies that are based on non-Israeli academic credentials.

Admissions advisers provide assistance in various languages. Printed material and website are available in English, French, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish. The application is available online or in hard copy form at the Overseas Applicants Unit

Need more information?

Admission guide

English

Chinese

Website

Degree Programs in conjunction with the Rothberg International School:

The Rothberg International School handles all applications for graduate degree programs offered in conjunction with the Rothberg International School.

 More information  RIS website

 

 

 

Non-Degree Programs

The Hebrew University offers a wide variety of non-degree programs through our two international schools:

The Rothberg International School is the international study center of the Hebrew University, with courses in English designed to open inquisitive minds to new areas of knowledge and inquiry.

The RIS offers courses in the following divisions:

RIS also offers a foundation year for high school graduates from various European countries, Australia and holders of an IB high school diploma, which will enable the successful student to continue directly to one of Hebrew University's regular BA degrees taught in Hebrew. For further information, please visit the webpage of the program.

The International School of Agricultural Science is a unit within the Hebrew University's Faculty of Agriculture. The Division organizes both local and international study programs including seminars, workshops, long- and short-term courses, and tailor-made programs.

Both schools offer many English language programs in a variety of fields catering to all levels of students, from first year undergraduates to graduate students. Some courses are offered during the summer, and others during the regular semester.

Both schools offer many English language programs in a variety of fields catering to all levels of students, from first year undergraduates to graduate students. Some courses are offered during the summer, and others during the regular semester.

Exchange Programs

Consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 universities in the world, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers world-class exchange programs for university and college students interested in broadening their horizons while receiving outstanding theoretical and practical instruction.

Join the ranks of exchange students from partner universities around the globe who have immersed themselves in rich Israeli culture, the historical landmarks of Jerusalem, the night life, cuisine, touring and friendly companionship of fellow students as they study and excel in a top-seed university.

Students coming to HU in the framework of exchange programs may study under the following tracks:

How Do Our Exchange Programs Work?

Rules of Thumb

  • Your home institution must be a HUJI partner through a formal reciprocal exchange agreement.
  • You must be nominated for the program by your home institution's exchange coordinator.
  • You must apply to HUJI and, if selected, you remain enrolled with your home institution and continue to pay your home institution fees. You will be exempt from HUJI tuition fees.
  • The courses you take in HUJI may be credited towards your degree by your home institution, on approval of your home institution. 

How to Apply for an Exchange Program?

 Before you apply, please check that you can answer YES to the following questions:

  1. Are you a student at one of HUJI's exchange partners?
  2. Has your home university nominated and approved your application to HUJI for a specific HUJI program of study?
  3. Has your home university sent a confirmation letter to the HUJI International Office?
  4. Have you received application instructions from the Coordinator at your home university?

If you responded YES to all the above questions, please contact the exchange coordinator at your institution regarding application procedures.

 

Find lots of practical information in our guide for new international semester programs for exchange students. 


 

 

 

University - Level Exchange Agreements

Our University - Level Exchange Programs with international partner institutions, covering most academic fields, operate in conjunction with the Rothberg International School (RIS) at the Hebrew University. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes (lectures, exercises and seminars), taught in English and Hebrew, are offered to exchange students.

Students at the Rothberg International School (RIS) study together with both local students from diverse backgrounds and international students from over 70 countries around the world. RIS offers programs in English for undergraduate or graduate students from abroad who are interested in spending a short period (a semester or a year). Exchange students may choose to participate in courses from RIS and from the regular university academic programs.

Acceptance Criteria

Your home institution will screen its applicants for the student exchange program in accordance with its own regulations as well as the Hebrew University's entry standards. The Hebrew University reserves the right to make the final judgment on the admission of students nominated for the student exchange program.

Application Process

As noted above, in order to apply you must first receive approval from your home institution for a specific program of study at our university.

A confirmation letter from the sending institution should be sent to the International Office: mailto:ayalafm@savion.huji.ac.il

After being nominated, you should apply to the Hebrew University via the on-line application system. You are required to submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts
  • Medical Form (download from online system)
  • Photocopy of Passport Identification Page
  • Passport Photo
  • Academic Recommendation Letters (download from online system)
  • Study Abroad Approval Form (download from online system)
  • Official TOEFL Results – or an equivalent standardized English proficiency test (Cambridge Exam, IELTS)

Application Deadlines

Fall semester or a full year: May 15th  (late applications are accepted subject to the approval of the Program Director).

Spring semester: November 15th (late applications are accepted subject to the approval of the Program Director).

Language Requirements

Students from non-English-speaking countries and/or candidates who have not completed a full course of study at an institution in which  the language of instruction is English must submit a TOEFL official score. The minimum requirement is 89 on the internet based test. The Hebrew University code for the TOEFL is 0206. IELTS results are also accepted, with the minimum score of 7.

Academic Courses

The Exchange Program operates in conjunction with the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University (see below). A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes in English (lectures, exercises and seminars), is offered at RIS.

Additionally, students can take courses taught in English and Hebrew (conditional on meeting Hebrew Language requirements) in the faculties. Most of the courses in the faculty level programs are open to exchange students, pending availability. Participation in some courses requires approval from the department in which the student wishes to study. The Faculty of Social Sciences accepts exchange students to electives only.

For more information on the courses, see the following websites:

RIS Undergraduate Courses (English)

RIS Graduate Courses (English)

Faculty level courses (Hebrew and English)

RIS also offers intensive Hebrew language courses ("ulpan") prior to each semester (requires an extra fee). The Hebrew ulpan is not mandatory for exchange students. Hebrew classes during the semester are offered to exchange students.

For further information, please visit the website of the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction

 

Tuition Fees

Students will be exempt from paying the registration and tuition fees (not including the Hebrew language "ulpan" course).

Contact Persons

Step 1: Contact information on incoming application procedures:

Ms. Ayala Feinmesser-Mizrahi, Incoming Student Exchange Coordinator, The International Office

Email: incoming@savion.huji.ac.il; Tel: +972-25880285,

Sherman Building for Administration, Floor 1, Room 411, Mount Scopus, 9190501, Jerusalem
 

Step 2: Contact details for Rothberg International School – after nomination

Division of Undergraduate Studies: risundergrad@savion.huji.ac.il   

Division of Graduate Studies: gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Faculty - Level Exchange Agreements

Our Faculty-Level Exchange Programs are based on bilateral agreements with counterpart faculties in international partner institutions

At an administrative level, the faculty level exchange programs operate in conjunction with the Rothberg International School (RIS) and the International School of Agricultural Sciences at the Hebrew University.

Acceptance Criteria

Your home institution will screen its applicants for the student exchange program in accordance with its own regulations as well as the Hebrew University's entry standards. The Hebrew University reserves the right to make the final judgment on the admission of students nominated for the student exchange program.

Application Process

As noted above, in order to apply you must first receive approval from your home institution for a specific program of study at our university.

A confirmation letter from the sending institution should be sent to the International Office: incoming@savion.huji.ac.il

After being nominated, you should apply to the Hebrew University via the on-line application system. You are required to submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts
  • Medical Form (download from online system)
  • Photocopy of Passport Identification Page
  • Passport Photo
  • Academic Recommendation Letters (download from online system)
  • Study Abroad Approval Form (download from online system)
  • Official TOEFL Results – or an equivalent standardized English proficiency test (Cambridge Exam, IELTS)

Application Deadlines

Fall semester or a full year: May 15th  late applications are accepted subject to the approval of the Program Director).

Spring semester: November 15th late applications are accepted subject to the approval of the Program Director).

Language Requirements

Faculty level exchange students are subject to the faculty requirements.

Students who wish to take courses in RIS are required to meet the RIS language requirements: Students from non-English-speaking countries and/or candidates who have not completed a full course of study at an institution in which the language of instruction is English must submit a TOEFL official score. The minimum requirement is 89 on the internet based test. The Hebrew University code for the TOEFL is 0206. IELTS results are also accepted, with the minimum score of 7.

Academic Courses

Students can take courses taught in English and Hebrew (conditional on meeting Hebrew Language requirements) in the faculties. Most of the courses in the faculty level programs are open to exchange students, pending availability. Participation in some courses requires approval from the department in which the student wishes to study. The Faculty of Social Sciences accepts exchange students to electives only.

Additionally, faculty level exchange students can take courses offered at RIS which offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes in English (lectures, exercises and seminars.

For more information on the courses, see the following websites:

Faculty level courses (Hebrew and English)

RIS Undergraduate Courses (English)

RIS Graduate Courses (English)

RIS also offers intensive Hebrew language courses ("ulpan") prior to each semester (requires an extra fee). The Hebrew ulpan is not mandatory for exchange students. Hebrew classes during the semester are offered to exchange students.

For further information, please visit the website of the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction

Tuition Fees

Students will be exempt from paying the registration and tuition fees (not including the Hebrew language "ulpan" course).

Contact Persons

Need more information on faculty-level exchange programs? We invite you to contact our faculties directly

Contact information on incoming application procedures:

Ms. Ayala Feinmesser-Mizrahi

Incoming Student Exchange Coordinator, The International Office

Email: incoming@savion.huji.ac.il; Tel: +972-25880285,

Sherman Building for Administration, Floor 1, Room 411, Mount Scopus, 9190501, Jerusalem

Contact details for Rothberg International School – after nomination:

Division of Undergraduate Studies: risundergrad@savion.huji.ac.il   

Division of Graduate Studies: gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il

 

 

Erasmus+ Agreements

The European Union created a new program Erasmus+ (2014-2020) to encourage the exchange of students between EU countries and countries around the world. The Erasmus+ program includes a program entitled "International Credit Mobility" which funds short term student and staff mobility between European and Partner Countries on the basis of inter-institutional agreements.

The Hebrew University has signed agreements with partner EU institutions, enabling students from partner universities an opportunity for international study at the Hebrew University.

The mobility programs are available for Bachelor, Master and Doctoral students for stays of 3–12 months.

Erasmus+ offers scholarships for travel costs and monthly allowances, paid by the EU partner institution.

Benefits For Students:

  • 92% of employers are looking for transversal skills such as curiosity, problem solving skills, tolerance, and confidence when recruiting.
  • 64% of employers say graduates with an international background are given greater professional responsibility.
  • 64% of employers think international experience is important for recruitment (37% in 2006).

Erasmus Impact Study - 2014

Erasmus increases these skills

If your institution is listed on our Erasmus+ Partners list (pdf) you may be eligible to apply as an exchange student.

For more information on application, registration and study program:

Erasmus+ Q&A for students and staff can be found here

 

Joint Programs

As part of the Hebrew University’s ongoing efforts to internationalize, the Hebrew University is developing a portfolio of joint degree programs, designed to offer students a joint degree with our international partner universities worldwide:

Joint PhD with Freie Universitaet Berlin

Joint PhD with National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Joint PhD with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Double Masters Degree with Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Joint PhD with Freie Universitaet Berlin

Background

The Joint PhD program will help to train a core group of scientists who will have international research experience. The strong tradition of research and educational excellence at both institutions allows them to complement each other in the scientific frontier and the collaboration will offer its students the best in academic training and ample opportunities for exposure to different research cultures and environments.

Eligibility

A basic requirement is to identify suitable doctoral supervisors at The Hebrew University and Freie Universität Berlin.

A candidate must fulfill the acceptance requirements of each of the Institutes as well as the academic and administrative requirements during the studies within the Joint Doctoral program.

Registration

Students participating in the joint program will be registered as students in both institutions.

Supervision

The research work will be performed under joint supervision, with one supervisor from each of the two institutions. The work will be judged according to academic standards of both institutions.

Location

Students enrolled in the program will share their time between the two campuses in Berlin and Jerusalem. Students will spend one year in the other respective institution.

Tuition Fees

A student will pay tuition fees at the home institute only.

Degree Certificate

At the end of the program, the student will be eligible for a joint PhD awarded by the two institutions.

For More Information and Registration:

The Hebrew University: Ms. Neta Weiss – Email: netaw@savion.huji.ac.il

Freie Universität Berlin: Dr. Markus Edler – Email: m.edler@fu-berlin.de

 

Joint PhD with National University of Singapore (NUS)

The National University of Singapore (NUS) - in Exact Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem offer a Joint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program. 

The Joint PhD program will help to train a core group of scientists who will have international research experience with a solid footing in Asia. The strong tradition of research and educational excellence at both institutions allows them to complement each other in the scientific frontier and the collaboration will offer its students the best in academic training and ample opportunities for exposure to different cultures.

Students participating in the joint program will be registered as students in both institutions. The research work will be performed under joint supervision, with one supervisor from each of the two institutions. The work will be judged according to academic standards of both institutions. At the end of the program, the student will be eligible for a PhD awarded by the two institutions.

Period of study will be as per the standard period at the Hebrew University and the maximum of five years.

Students enrolled in the program will share their time between the two campuses in Singapore and Jerusalem, at the minimum of nine months and maximum of two years in Singapore, with the approval of the joint committee.

Students already registered in the Hebrew University doctoral program can transfer to the Joint Program, with the approval of the Joint Committee Program approval.

For more information: 

Please contact Prof. David Engelberg: engelber@mail.huji.ac.il

DEADLINE FOR APPlICATIONS:

A Call for Applications is published annually in the fall. Stay tuned for future annoucements! 

 

 

 

Joint PhD with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem offer a Joint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program. 

The Joint PhD program will help to train a core group of scientists who will have international research experience with a solid footing in Asia. The strong tradition of research and educational excellence at both institutions allows them to complement each other in the scientific frontier and the collaboration will offer its students the best in academic training and ample opportunities for exposure to different cultures.

Students participating in the joint program will be registered as students in both institutions. The research work will be performed under joint supervision, with one supervisor from each of the two institutions. The work will be judged according to academic standards of both institutions. At the end of the program, the student will be eligible for a PhD awarded by the two institutions.

Period of study will be as per the standard period at the Hebrew University and the maximum of five years.

Students enrolled in the program will share their time between the two campuses in Singapore and Jerusalem, at the minimum of nine months and maximum of two years in Singapore, with the approval of the joint committee.

Students already registered in the Hebrew University doctoral program can transfer to the Joint Program, with the approval of the Joint Committee Program approval.

For more information: Please contact Prof. Shlomo Magdassi: magdassi@mail.huji.ac.il

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:

A Call for Applications is published annually in the fall. Stay tuned for future annoucements! 

 

 

 

Double Masters Degree Program with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Are you interested in specializing in China?

Maximise your international employment potential with two postgraduate qualifications from two leading universities: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Faculty of Social Sciences: Departments of Political Science, International Relations and Faculty of Humanities: Department of Asian Studies and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU): School of International and Public Affairs have launched a Double Masters Degree Program.

A Call for Applications is published annually in the fall. Stay tuned for future annoucements! 

Online Learning

Coursera

Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Hebrew University is proud to be participating, sharing stimulating lectures in fields ranging from Hebrew Literature to Brain Science with students across the world. All it takes is a computer with internet access! 

See the Coursera website for our current list of classes.

eTeacher

eTeacher Group is an international leader in online education. The hallmarks of eTeacher’s language courses are live online instruction, flexible hours, and the convenience of learning from the home or office.

The Hebrew University, in collaboration with “eTeacher Biblical Hebrew”, is proud to offer its very first real-time Online Languages Program. The classes are open to students and researchers anywhere in the world who are interested in acquiring or improving their understanding of Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic, and Yiddish. Among the program’s offerings are accredited courses for which participants can earn academic credits. All of our online language courses have been developed by top university researchers, linguists, and instructors. These online courses are not designated for regular Hebrew University students.