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:

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: 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:   

Division of Graduate Studies: