Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Rothberg International School: First-Year Study Abroad Program

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  • Location(s): Jerusalem, Israel
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Volunteer, Gap Year

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The First-Year Study Abroad Program offers an exciting and unique way to enter university life as an international first-year student at The Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. You’ll make new friends from around the world while exp... read more

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The First-Year Study Abroad Program offers an exciting and unique way to enter university life as an international first-year student at The Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. You’ll make new friends from around the world while experiencing Israel’s rich and vibrant culture through field trips, social activities, and courses, including Hebrew, Israel, and Middle East studies. Jerusalem will be a second classroom for you, full of colorful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.

Our program will strengthen your research and writing skills and provide you with strong academic and social support. It will give you a solid initiation into academic study, and the credits you earn will be transferable to most top-tier colleges and universities abroad. After completing your first year at HebrewU, you’ll be prepared for success at a range of top-notch institutions around the world.

Nativ College Leadership Program
If you are a North American student with Jewish heritage, the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, allows you to earn college credits while exploring your path (Nativ) to becoming a Jewish adult.

Over the course of the autumn semester, you’ll take intensive courses on Israel, Judaism, and the Hebrew language taught by renowned teachers at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School. Make friends with other international and Israeli students as you deepen your connection with Judaism and Jewish life. 

The Israel Universities Option (IUO)
Students in the First-Year Study Abroad Program who plan to do a degree in Israel join the Israel University Option (IUO). IUO prepares students for academic study in Israel and enables them to apply for admission to bachelor's degree programs at the Hebrew University and other Israeli institutions of higher education. 

Qualified students who wish to pursue a science major in Israel must join the Preparatory Program–Mechina at the beginning of the academic year. Other students may join the IUO Humanities or Social Sciences track either at the beginning of the year or following their first semester. During the year, IUO students take 6-14 hours of Hebrew a week, depending on their level. Most IUO classes are taught in Hebrew. The IUO is offered in conjunction with the RIS Preparatory Program–Mechina and follows its requirements and calendar. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Middle/Near Eastern Languages, Literature
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language, Literature
  • International Law
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Psychology
  • Archeology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Business
  • History
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
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Direct Enrollment/Exchange Scholarships

Graduate students from countries other than the United States and Canada may be eligible for Rothberg Family Fund (RFF) tuition scholarships, awarded by the Hebrew University to international students enrolled in the RIS Division of Graduate Studies. Eligibility is determined by academic achievement and financial need.

Partial tuition

April 1st

Countries other than the US and Canada Academic achievement Financial need Acceptance to program

Masa Israel makes it possible for young Jewish adults to come to Israel by offering grants and/or scholarships, making the experience more affordable.

Partial tuition

See MASA website http://www.masaisrael.org/

See MASA website http://www.masaisrael.org/grants/policy

The Thanks To Scandinavia Fund from the Benjamin Sperling Bequest to the Hebrew University has endowed scholarships of US $12,000 each in memory of Frances and Benjamin Sperling, for students from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, who wish to pursue graduate studies at the Hebrew University.


April 1st

Scandinavian countries; see website http://www.thankstoscandinavia.org/scholarships/scholarships-in-israel/sperling-scholarships/

See website http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFA-Archive/2003/Pages/Scholarships%20Offered%20by%20the%20Israeli%20Government%20to.aspx


See website: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFA-Archive/2003/Pages/Scholarships%20Offered%20by%20the%20Israeli%20Government%20to.aspx See instructions: http://mfa.gov.il/mfa/abouttheministry/documents/scholarshipinstructions.pdf

The applicant should hold a BA or BSc degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement. The applicant should be a citizen of the country where he/she applies for the scholarship and be under the age of 35 (at the beginning of the academic year). Israeli citizens are not eligible to submit an application for this scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship must receive a student visa (A2), issued by the Israeli Embassy/Consulate to which their application was submitted. Proof of English or Hebrew language proficiency. The applicant should meet the academic requirements of the Israeli University to which he/she applies. A scholarship will be granted only after the required institute approves the acceptance of the candidate.

RIS Merit Scholarships A limited number of scholarships are being offered to highly qualified international candidates who wish to study at the Rothberg International School. The Graduate Merit Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship for students admitted to international degree programs in the Division of Graduate Studies at the Rothberg International School. The Scholarship covers the tuition fee for the stated duration of the program. International graduate students accepted to the following degree programs may apply: The Bible and the Ancient Near East Jewish Studies Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Israel Studies Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Full amount

March 15th

At least in final year of undergraduate studies Minimum GPA of 3.8 or equivalent Maintain high academic standard Must submit a complete application to a degree program