Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Rothberg International School: Summer and Special Programs

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The Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs at the Rothberg International School (RIS) at Hebrew University, which is ranked among the world's top 100 universities, offers a wide array of short-term courses and programs throughout the ye... read more

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The Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs at the Rothberg International School (RIS) at Hebrew University, which is ranked among the world's top 100 universities, offers a wide array of short-term courses and programs throughout the year. You can choose courses from our July, August, and winter sessions, as well as elect to take language courses or participate in archaeological field schools. We also work directly with faculty and study abroad offices in developing faculty-led and other customized programs. 

With decades of experience hosting enthusiastic learners from around the world, RIS can help you make the most of your short time in Israel and dive into your area of study in a whole new way.

Special Programs
Special programs are uniquely tailored to your field and specific needs and requests. They vary in length and intensity, and usually combine classroom lectures, interactive seminars, and study trips throughout Israel.

Trauma & Resilience: Theory & Practice from the Israeli Experience
- This program provides you with a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field, contextualized by the Israeli experience. Together, we will focus on the consequences of and coping with psychological trauma; theoretical concepts and applications of resilience; community preparedness for terrorism and disaster; developmental and gender aspects of children and trauma; and clinical interventions.

International Summer Program in Economics Education (ISEE)
- This program, designed for advanced economics students, offers you an intensive preparation in key topics in economics and finance to help you prepare for graduate studies in the US and Europe. You will advance your knowledge of economics and research skills and learn how to prepare for application to the best universities around the world. You’ll learn from top Hebrew University faculty members and teaching assistants who can support you in developing a competitive application package to leading graduate programs. (ISEE is only available during the summer).

Transdisciplinary Innovation Program (TIP)
- TIP is a new, cutting-edge international program that provides an intense educational experience integrating computer vision, big data/cyber, and bioengineering. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for you to develop your ideas in some of today’s most important areas of technological innovation.

Summer Science Internship Program
- This summer internship program offers senior undergraduate or graduate students the opportunity to gain in-depth research experience in a wide variety of scientific fields while earning academic credit. As a participant in the program, you will work in state-of-the-art laboratories under the guidance of internationally respected Hebrew University scientists.

Biblical Hebrew - This intensive and engaging program offers an eye-opening approach to understanding textual and historical issues of Biblical Hebrew, while also building your vocabulary and grammatical understanding of concrete Biblical texts. You’ll study with some of the foremost experts in Biblical Hebrew.

Summer Sessions

Summer abroad courses are designed for undergraduate and graduate students as well as mature learners with academic backgrounds. These courses go beyond the classroom. You’ll join students from more than 70 countries around the world and enjoy a summer schedule packed with enriching seminars, fun activities, and local trips designed to help you explore Israel’s geographic and cultural landscape.

We have two summer sessions to suit your needs: a four-week July session and a two-week August session. If you want to get the most of your summer, you can combine courses from both sessions. All summer courses at HebrewU’s RIS are accredited and taught in English.

Winter Session

A number of short-term courses in December and January are open to those who need a break from the cold winter climates of the North or for students from the South who are on summer break. You can take these two- to three-week courses for credit and experience Israel on the ground and at its greenest

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Middle/Near Eastern Languages, Literature
  • Hebrew Language, Literature
  • Economics
Year Founded:
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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