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University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Africa & Middle East
LAC Program

Study in Jerusalem, a city sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This thriving metropolis is a melding of past and present, of ancient roots and modern innovations.

Program Details

Location
Jerusalem, Israel
Term
Academic Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Session
Housing
Dormitory
Credit Type
Resident Credit
Sponsor
Learning Abroad Center

Program Eligibility

GPA
3.0
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite

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About

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research, a scientific center of international repute, and is ranked among the world’s leading universities. At the Hebrew University, students of all backgrounds receive a university education where excellence is emphasized.

About 2,000 international students from around the world enroll at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University every year.

This program appeals to students who are interested in experiencing Israeli and Middle Eastern culture, would like to study alongside Israeli and other international students, or need to fulfill major requirements.

Housing & Meals

Students are required to live in the Mount Scopus on-campus housing, which allows you to meet other students and experience Israeli student life.

Students are usually housed in apartments with single bedrooms. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared.

There is no meal plan, but the kitchens are equipped with stove burners and refrigerators for preparing light meals and snacks. 

Excursions

The Rothberg International School at Hebrew University organizes an extensive orientation as well as activities throughout the semester. They also employ full-time Madrichim (or Social Activities Coordinators) who build and implement the social activities program.

The Madrichim live on campus, and it is their responsibility to assist you in engaging in campus life as much as possible. Most social activities planned by the Rothberg International School are included in the program fee, so you are encouraged to take advantage of them all.

Learning Outcomes

Students studying at Hebrew University of Jerusalem will:

  • Augment their cross-cultural understanding through interaction with host country and international students and community members
  • Experience host country and international viewpoints on academic disciplines through direct enrollment at the Israeli host university
  • Gain a better understanding of the diverse perspectives of the social, political, historical, and economic realities of Israel and the Palestinian Territories
  • Enhance their intentionality through independent, though supported, living and learning opportunities

Faculty & Staff

All courses are taught by Hebrew University of Jerusalem faculty.

Program Structure

Program Level
Various levels
Courseload

15 credits per semester and 30 credits for the academic year. Credit amounts vary for the summer session.

Coursework

Classes (Rothberg)

Classes (English-taught classes at Hebrew U)

Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

Undergraduate Study Abroad Program (fall, spring, academic year)

  • Pre-semester intensive Hebrew or Arabic language course (i.e., Ulpan)
  • English-taught courses at the Rothberg International School in a wide variety of subjects 
  • Departmental Hebrew University classes taught alongside Israeli students (sufficient knowledge of Hebrew required)
  • Internships (3 credits, optional)
  • Independent study (maximum of 3 credits, optional, I-UROP Scholarship eligible)

Spring in Jerusalem—Honors Program (spring): Combines language study, research, and advanced coursework; competitive

Summer Programs: Hebrew and Arabic language courses; Thematic programs taught in English; Internships 

In addition to taking classes at the Rothberg International School, students have the option of taking English-taught classes in other departments of Hebrew University, expanding the range of academic offerings greatly.  Students junior-year and above may be allowed into graduate level classes at Hebrew U if pre-requisites are met.  Note that due to a longer academic calendar, classes at Hebrew U run three weeks longer than classes at Rothberg, and require students to stay an additional three weeks in-country.  

    Major Advising Pages

    Hebrew University offers coursework, and has been identified as a strong curricular match, for the following UofM degree programs:

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

    Program Dates

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Fall 2021

    Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2021

    Schedule Date
    Program Start Early September
    Program End Early January

    Spring 2022

    Spring Semester

    Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2021

    Schedule Date
    Program Start Mid-January
    Program End Early June

    Spring Semester Honors Program

    Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2021

    Schedule Date
    Program Start Mid-January
    Program End Late June

    Summer 2021

    Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2021

    Schedule Date
    Dates vary by program track  

    Academic Year 2021-22

    Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2021

    Schedule Date
    Program Start Early September
    Program End Late May/Early June

    Fees

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    NOTE:  Students taking departmental classes at Hebrew U (not through the Rothberg International School), are subject to additional housing and insurance charges due to the longer academic calendar at Hebrew U compared to Rothberg.  

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Beginning Fall 2020, special funding in the amount of $6000 per semester is available to students attending Hebrew U (does not apply to Nachshon scholars).  

    MASA Israel Grant and Scholarship - MASA Israel Journey offers scholarships specifically for Jewish students studying in Israel.

    The Minneapolis Jewish Foundation offers a number of awards for study abroad.  

    Students accepted into the Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program are eligible for merit-based awards up to $3000.  

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

    Fall 2021

    Fall 2021 fees forthcoming

    Spring 2022

    University Study in Israel: Hebrew U

    Apartment 1—Student Apartments (Mt. Scopus campus)

    Spring Semester 2022

    Program Fee

    • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
    • Billed through UofM account
    Non-refundable deposit $400
    Tuition and educational costs $11,655
    International health insurance $250
    Housing and/or mealsHousing included in program fee $2,920
    Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
    Total Program Fee $15,225
    Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
    Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $15,225

    Estimated Additional Expenses

    • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
    Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
    Transportation to and from program siteAirfare to Tel Aviv, ground transportation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem $1,600
    Passport/photos $150
    Visa/required documents $100
    Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
    Housing deposit $0
    Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,850
    Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
    Texts/materialsIncludes $80 application fee, paid directly to Hebrew U $300
    Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $1,500
    Essential daily living expenses $1,000
    Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,800

    Total Estimated Cost of Participation

    • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
    Total Estimated Cost of Participation $19,875
    Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $2,000
    Additional Notes & Information
    * Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

    Spring 2022—Honors Program

    University Study in Israel: Hebrew U - Spring Semester Honors Program

    Apartment 1—Student Apartments (Mt. Scopus campus)

    Spring Semester 2022

    Program Fee

    • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
    • Billed through UofM account
    Non-refundable deposit $400
    Tuition and educational costs $12,405
    International health insurance $300
    Housing and/or meals $3,760
    Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
    Total Program Fee $16,865
    Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
    Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $16,865

    Estimated Additional Expenses

    • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
    Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
    Transportation to and from program site $1,500
    Passport/photos $150
    Visa/required documents $100
    Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
    Housing deposit $0
    Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,750
    Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
    Texts/materials $250
    Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $2,000
    Essential daily living expenses $1,200
    Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $3,450

    Total Estimated Cost of Participation

    • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
    Total Estimated Cost of Participation $22,065
    Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $2,000
    Additional Notes & Information
    * Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

    Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Apply

    The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

    You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Apply Now

    Complete

    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    Submit to the Learning Abroad Center:

    • Israel Academic Statement
    • Study Abroad Approval Form

    Submit to Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rothberg International School:

    Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rothberg International School application (to include online application, resume, medical form, official transcript, two letters of recommendation, a personal essay, passport-sized photograph, photocopy of passport identity page, and application fee.)

    Next Steps

    1. Upon submitting the online Learning Abroad Center application, you will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit all of the items. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are either received or waived.
    3. You will have applications with both the Learning Abroad Center and Hebrew U—make sure to follow instructions for both applications when they're sent to you. 
    4. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email by the host univeristy. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist. Log in to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.

    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

    Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Ashley Metz or call at 612.626.6380

    Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.