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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel (Outgoing Program)
The 3,000-year-old city of Jerusalem is sacred to the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Visit the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and you’ll get a real sense of how important the city is to the three religions. Another attraction not to miss is the Israel Museum, home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as to collections of Judaica, Israeli and European art. And Jerusalem isn’t only about religion or architecture; the city juxtaposes its ancient roots with modern innovations. It’s the seat of Israel’s government, and has plenty of lively cafés and shops as well as nightlife.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Hebrew University website.
In addition to the regular classes Hebrew University also offers special track programs in the following content areas: Dynamics of the Middle East, Journalism and Media Studies, Bioengineering and Systems Biology, and Film Studies. More information about these programs can be found on the Hebrew University Programs of Study web page. Modern Hebrew language instruction is an integral part of the program and students take a pre-semester intensive Hebrew program – either the Undergraduate Summer Ulpan in September or the Winter Ulpan in January – as well as Hebrew classes during the semester. Students who have completed level Dalet are required to take at least one course taught in Hebrew.
English Courses in other Hebrew University Departments
Third and fourth year students with relevant background can choose from a growing list of advanced courses offered in the faculties of Science, Humanities and Social Sciences. These generally run three weeks longer than the Undergraduate courses offered at the Rothberg International School. For the current list see: http://shnaton.huji.ac.il/yearbook.php.
Students may submit a proposal to carry out an independent study project under the supervision of a faculty member or expert in the field, who serves as a mentor and evaluates the project. Proposals must be submitted by the first week of classes. The project is given 3 credits.
Professional internships are available each semester for full-time students, who contribute 8 hours a week to a partner organization. Internships are organized and monitored by a special coordinator at the RIS. In recent years, internship locations have included the Hadassah University Hospital, the Albright Institute of Archaeology, the Spielberg Film Archives, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, business venture companies, nursery and elementary schools, community centers, university research institutes and many other organizations. Students will receive one credit for an internship.
Spring in Jerusalem Program
This exciting joint initiative of Harvard University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is designed for outstanding students in their third and fourth years of study who are looking for a unique intellectual challenge. Participants study together with Israelis in advanced-level courses offered in English by various departments of the Hebrew University. Hebrew and Arabic language classes are available at different levels of expertise. Students experience Israel through field trips, social encounters with prominent Israelis, supervised internships, independent research projects and a variety of extracurricular activities. Students applying to this program should have a 3.5 GPA. The program runs from mid-January to late June and has an additional cost (program cost information can be found below in the Financial Information section).
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Hebrew University and Rutgers University. Hebrew University considers four courses and a Hebrew language class to be a full-time course load. The credit translation system between Hebrew University and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at Hebrew University will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early August – Early January
Spring Semester: Late January – Late May*
*The Spring in Jerusalem program will end in Mid-June.
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Hebrew University web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Hebrew University places visiting students in apartments with single and double rooms within walking distance from the university. The bedrooms contain beds, desks, chairs and closets. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. Internet access is available for an additional fee. While there is no meal plan, the kitchens are equipped with stove burners and refrigerators for preparing light meals and snacks. There are moderately priced kosher cafeterias and snack bars, as well as small supermarkets in or near each student housing complex.
For more information about accommodations on the Hebrew University program, please visit the Hebrew University web page.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Rutgers Study in Israel Scholarships- A limited number of scholarships are available to all Rutgers students through the Jewish Studies department. For more information please visit the Jewish Studies Department website.
MASA Grant- Available to all Jewish undergraduate students participating in a MASA-affiliated program. For more information please visit the MASA website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.