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.

 

NEW! See our guide for new exciting courses for exchange students for 2017-18. 


 

 

 

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.

Promoting equal opportunities:

The Erasmus+ Programme promotes equal opportunities and inclusion for all participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, religion and belief, disability and chronic illness, ethnic and social background. The actions aim at facilitating the access to participants with disadvantaged backgrounds and special needs.

To promote equal opportunities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem supports the diversified needs of people from different background in gender, racial, cultural, social, religious and disabilities all over the world. Alongside specific measures supporting equal opportunity, the University aims to integrate principles of equal opportunity and the promotion of diversity into all university areas. The aim is to set an end to discrimination and recognize as well as enable manifold life choices and life styles across university. Consequently, the University pays special attention to promoting equal opportunity in the Erasmus+ Programme, which is reflected in the calls for applications as well as the selection process and support of selected persons.

For more information on application, registration and study program: