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University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  1. Program Details

    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.

    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 No Language Prerequisite
  2. About University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    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. 


    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.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Various levels

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

    Students are required to maintain a minimum enrollment of 15 credits per semester. 


    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; competetive

    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)

    • Dates & Deadlines

      Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
      Term Program Dates Application Deadline
      Academic Year* Early September - late May or early June April 15
      Fall Semester* Early September - early January April 15
      Spring Semester* mid January - early June November 15
      Spring Honors Program* mid January - late June November 15
      Summer term Dates vary by program track. April 15

      *Program dates include required language Ulpan. View the Rothberg International School Acadmic Calendar for further information about holidays and break periods. 

      Late applications may be considered. Contact the Learning Abroad Center for inquiries regarding late applications. 

      *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
      **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

      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.

    • Fees for University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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

      Fall 2021

      Academic Year 2021-22

      The Total Program Fee reflects the host university’s international tuition rate converted into US dollars, plus the Learning Abroad Center’s APAAC ($1000 summer / $2050 one semester / $3100 for Academic Year) and required UMN international health insurance.

      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.  

      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.

      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.
    • Prepare

      Complete pre-application advising.

      Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

      To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

      Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
      Education Abroad Term See Program Dates and Fees for term options
      Program Name University Study in Israel
      Track Name Hebrew University of Jerusalem
      Country Israel


      May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

      Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

      Apply Now

      Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

      All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

      Apply Now


      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.

    COVID-19 Update

    This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.

    University of Minnesota students participating in a research project on this program may be eligible for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP) Scholarship