Learning Abroad Center
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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
Location
Jerusalem, Israel
Term
Term
Academic Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Session
Housing
Housing
Dormitory
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
Arabic
English
Hebrew

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
GPA
GPA
3.0
Language Prerequisite
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.

Program Model

Study Abroad Center
University Study

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 program (choice of 1 of 4 courses: Practical Hebrew, Foundations of Modern Standard Arabic, Footloose in Historical Jerusalem, or Challenges in Israeli Society)
  • English-taught courses at the Rothberg International School in a wide variety of subjects 
  • Departmental Hebrew University classes taught alongside Israeli students (many offered in English)
  • 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.  

Receiving Credit for Hebrew Language Courses Taken Abroad

  • Before going abroad, consult with Dr. Renana Schneller  – Director of Hebrew Language Instruction, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures to inquire if Hebrew language course(s) taken abroad will meet Hebrew language requirements. 
  • When taking language coursework abroad, you will work with the program to determine your Hebrew language course level. This may involve a written placement exam, oral exam, and/or writing sample. Keep in mind that you cannot receive credit for a class that duplicates what you have already taken on campus.

  • If you are not satisfied with the level in which you have been placed, notify the on-site staff, Dr. Schneller,  and your Learning Abroad Center program adviser immediately.

  • As soon as you return from learning abroad, consult with Dr. Schneller to:

    • determine when a Hebrew placement exam and an oral proficiency interview will be conducted

    • discuss appropriate placement into your next Hebrew language course (if applicable)

  • Once your Hebrew language course(s) from abroad has been posted to your UofM transcript, you will need to circle back to Dr. Schneller to request an update to your Academic Progress Audit System (APAS) to reflect what will count toward Hebrew language requirements.  Dr. Schneller will work with the College of Liberal Arts to have your APAS updated.

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.

To access more information about the course, visit the Global Identity Course Information page.

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.

Spring 2023

Spring Semester

Application Open Date:  May 1, 2022
Application Deadline:  November 15, 2022

Schedule Date
Arrival in Israel February 6
Pre-semester course begins (required) February 7 - 23
Academic semester February 28 - June 1
Final exams June 5 - 6
Depart Israel June 7

Spring Semester Honors Program

Application Open Date:  May 1, 2022
Application Deadline:  November 15, 2022

Schedule Date
Arrival in Israel January 31
Pre-semester course begins (required) February 7 - 23
Academic semester February 28 - June 1
Final exams July 9
Depart Israel July 10

Academic Year 2022-23

Application Open Date:  May 1, 2021
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2022

Schedule Date
Arrival in Israel & Pre-Semester Registration September 5
Pre-Semester Program (required) September 6 - October 3
Fall Semester October 23 - January 1
Final Exams January 3-4
Spring Semester February 28 - June 1
Moving out of housing and departure from Israel June 7

Fall 2022

Application Open Date:  May 1, 2021
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2022

Schedule Date
Arrival in Israel & Pre-semester Registration September 5
Pre-semester program September 6 - October 3
Regular semester October 23 - January 1
Final exams January 3-4
Move out of housing & departure from Israel January 5

Summer 2022

Application Open Date:  August 1, 2021
Application Deadline:  April 15, 2022

Schedule Date
Dates vary by program track  

Fees

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

Cost of Participation Spring 2023

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). Note: Students receive this scholarship as part of their acceptance to the program - no additional application is required. These funds are given once students arrive onsite (not prior to departure) - Hebrew University assists students with the disbursement of these funds. *This $6000 scholarship is set to be disbursed to all participants through Spring 2023 - funding for subsequent terms is to be determined.

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 receive a $4000 merit scholarship (in addition to the $6000 UMN student scholarship through Spring 2023) as part of their acceptance to the program - no additional application is required. Students do not need to be enrolled in the UMN Honors program in order to qualify for this scholarship - the requirement is a minimum of a 3.7 GPA.

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.

Spring 2023

University Study in Israel: Hebrew U of Jerusalem- Honors Program

Dormitory 1—Rotherberg International School Dorm

Spring Semester 2023

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 $12,755
International health insurance $250
Housing and/or mealsPre-session and Semester $3,900
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $17,305
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,305

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 $120 application fee, paid directly to Hebrew U $300
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeMeals (not included in program fee) $2,000
Essential daily living expenses $1,500
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $3,800

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $22,955
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.

Fall 2021

Fall 2021 fees forthcoming

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine doses 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.

After You Apply

Before your program begins, review these resources.

Health & Safety

Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.

Power of Attorney

Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.

Student Identity

Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.

Travel Resources

Ready to go abroad? Our travel resources will help you pack and learn what to expect.

Program Contact

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

Ashley Metz or call at 612.625.9805

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.

  • Samual L - Political Science Major, Spring 2019
  • Talia R - Business and Marketing Education Major, Spring 2022