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.

What can you study?

Incoming exchange students can take a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes (lectures, exercises and seminars) taught in English and Hebrew (conditional on meeting Hebrew Language requirements).

Additionally, various university faculties offer clusters (~20 credits of courses) of innovative courses in English, and specially tailored for a duration of 10 weeks**

Exchange students can also take courses offered at Rothberg International School (RIS) which offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes in English.

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

University faculty courses (Hebrew and English)*

RIS Undergraduate Courses (English)

RIS Graduate Courses (English)

 

*Most of the courses in the University faculty level programs are open to exchange students, pending availability. Participation in some courses require approval from the department in which the student wishes to study. The Faculty of Social Sciences accepts exchange students to electives only.

**HUJI academic year operates from October to June. Academic courses generally are 14 weeks, with the exception of clusters courses that are 10 weeks and short courses.

RIS undergraduate academic year is slightly shorter. For detailed information please see below links:

RIS Undergraduate / RIS Graduate / University*

Student Exchange info Brochoure 
 

 

Updated policy on language offerings for exchange students in the coming academic year – AY 21-22.

Hebrew:

Absolute beginners:

For absolute beginners, we will have a 3-credit Hebrew course during the semester-especially designed for undergraduate and graduate exchange students and graduate degree students (56 hours).

Students seeking a more intensive framework will have to join the pre-semester Hebrew Ulpan (for additional payment - 5 credits) and continue into the semester with the same class (6 credits).

Two important notes regarding the intensive framework:

  1. The 6-credit option during the semester will only be available to those taking the pre-semester Ulpan.
  2. This program (Ulpan plus semester) is open to a limited number of students, meaning that your acceptance to the program is conditional upon availability.

Students with background in Hebrew:

Students coming with previous background in Hebrew will only be able to join the intensive module which includes both the pre-semester Undergraduate September  Ulpan (5 credits) and the 6 credit semester course. This option is conditional on availability, so please confirm with the office to see availability.

Students who do not take the pre-semester Ulpan will not be able to join Hebrew during the semester.
 

Arabic:

In general, Arabic courses for exchange students are all conditional on availability with the exception of a 3-credit colloquial Arabic courses offered in both semesters.
Students can take an independent study (3-credit Modern Standard Arabic or Amia) for an additional fee of 400$ per credit.

Our Arabic language offerings can be found HERE

Please note that absolute beginners interested in studying in the 12-credit MSA course (based on availability) have to participate in the pre-semester Foundations of MSA Course (for additional payment).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions regarding language studies. Please send an email informing the Undergraduate Office if you would like to be signed up for any of these languages.

 

Academic Calendar 2021-2022:

Undergraduate

Date

Undergraduate September Ulpan

August 26 - October 6, 2021

Autumn Semester

Registration

For Autumn Semester Exchange students

October 6, 2021

Autumn Semester Begins

All Rothberg Undergraduate Division Programs, All HU Faculty Departments

October 10, 2021

Autumn Semester Ends

USAP/FAGY/AIP

December 19, 2021

Final Exams

December 21 - 22, 2021

Autumn Semester Ends

All HU Faculty Departments

January 14, 2022

Winter Ulpan

February 1 - 27, 2022

Spring Semester

Registration for Spring Semester Exchange students

March 1, 2022

Spring Semester Begins

All Rothberg Undergraduate Division Programs

March 2, 2022

Spring Semester Ends

USAP/FAGY

May 31, 2022

Spring Semester Ends

All HU Faculty Departments

June 24, 2022

 

 

 

Graduate:

 

Summer Ulpan begins

August 3 - September 14, 2021

Program registration and dorms check in for students attending the academic year or
the Autumn semester.

October 6, 2021

Orientation Day for students attending the academic year or the Autumn semester

October 7, 2021

Autumn Semester

October 10, 2021 - January 14, 2022

Spring Semester

March 6 - June 24, 2022

Academic registration for spring semester courses

Students attending Spring Semester only

TBA

Program registration and dorms check in for students attending the Spring semester.

March 2, 2022

Orientation Day for students attending the Spring semester

March 3, 2022

Spring Semester Begins

March 6, - June 24, 2022

Exam Week***

Session 1 ("Moed A")

July 3 - 7, 2022

 

 

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.

The Rothberg International School (RIS), located on Mount Scopus campus, is an academic and administrative entity within the Hebrew University. RIS serves as a hub for numerous international programs, degrees and courses.RIS provides administrative and academic support for incoming undergraduate and graduate exchange students, including pre-arrival assistance and arrival services. 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.

Exchange students can enroll in both courses taught in the different university faculties and RIS courses.

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: 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

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

Spring semester: November 30th (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 80 on the internet based test. The Hebrew University code for the TOEFL is 0206. IELTS results are also accepted, with the minimum score of 6.

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:

University faculty level courses (Hebrew and English)

RIS Undergraduate Courses (English)

RIS Graduate Courses (English)

English Cluster Courses

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: ayalafm@savion.huji.ac.il Tel: +972-25880417
Boyar Building (Rothberg International School), 5th floor, room 527
Mt. 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.

The Rothberg International School (RIS), located on Mount Scopus campus, is an academic and administrative entity within the Hebrew University. RIS serves as a hub for numerous international programs, degrees and courses. RIS provides administrative and academic support for incoming undergraduate and graduate exchange students, including pre-arrival assistance and arrival services.

Exchange students can enroll in both courses taught in the different university faculties and RIS courses.

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 80 on the internet based test. The Hebrew University code for the TOEFL is 0206. IELTS results are also accepted, with the minimum score of 6.

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:

University faculty level courses (Hebrew and English)

RIS Undergraduate Courses (English)

RIS Graduate Courses (English)

English Cluster Courses

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: ayalafm@savion.huji.ac.il Tel: +972-25880417
Boyar Building (Rothberg International School), 5th floor, room 527
Mt. 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: