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

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  • Location(s): Jerusalem, Israel
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Intensive Language

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The Undergraduate Study Abroad program at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) is open for college or university students who have completed at least one full academic year in their home university and who are looking to stu... read more

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I loved my study abroad experience, and have made some of my best friends in the whole world doing it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. - George Washington University View Entire Review
Past Review
It was definitely worthwhile. Hard to sum up but it was an incredible experience that I wish wasn't over. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Definitely studying abroad is better than spending a semester at your home institution. It's a very introspective time, you learn a lot about yourself, and appreciate different things back home. I met dozens of amazing people, each from different backgrounds offering different stories. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Yess Jerusalem
YESS!! -Made me mature, independent, worldly -Allowed me to travel and see many unique parts of the world - SUNY - Binghamton View Entire Review
Past Review
I think so. I learned some Hebrew, and I had the opportunity to live independently in a foreign country. The chocolate croissants were also amaaaaaaaaaaaazing. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I originally was hesitant about going abroad. I did not know if I would be able to due to the rigor of my major, and on top of that didn't know if I really wanted to be on the other side of the world for 5 months. I was never good with foreign language, and enjoyed traveling, but had never been out of the country for more than... - Tufts University View Entire Review
absolutely - Ithaca College View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile. I aquired good language skills, experienced alot of cultural interactions, and it impacted my awarness of the reality of the Middle East, as well as positively affecting my career plans. - University of New Mexico View Entire Review
Past Review
Incredibly worthwhile. Made me think more critically about my identity, why I am the way I am. Pushed my notions about Judaism, religion, society. Learned a lot about living with people, myself. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I went on an archeological dig I saw many other ancient ruins I did and saw many things I could never do in america and I met many great people - SUNY - Binghamton View Entire Review
It was the most worthwhile expreience of my life. I think it really teaches you to be totally independent and more globally oriented. - SUNY - Binghamton View Entire Review
- Tufts University View Entire Review


The Undergraduate Study Abroad program at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) is open for college or university students who have completed at least one full academic year in their home university and who are looking to study in Israel for a semester or a full year. In addition, students can earn transferable credits, partake in internships, carry out an independent study, or take specialization courses in specified areas.

Studying at top-ranked Hebrew University’s RIS will inspire you. Experience Israel’s remarkable culture through field trips and social activities, as well as through optional subject-specific tracks and courses on Hebrew language, Israel, and the Middle East. Jerusalem will be a second classroom for you, full of colorful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. You can choose from a wide range of topics while studying in Jerusalem, a center of historical, political, and religious significance. Our city is also central in the development of advanced technology and innovative entrepreneurship. Advance your career through an internship with one of Israel’s leading organizations. Whether you study for a semester or for a year, your life will be richer with Jerusalem as your second home.

Your program will begin with an intensive Hebrew-language course (ulpan) and continue through the semester with Hebrew language study and elective courses in diverse areas such as Jewish, Israel, and Middle East studies; international relations; human rights; behavioral sciences; and more.

Programs of Study

  • Language Studies (Hebrew & Arabic)

  • International Relations

  • Israel Studies

  • Jewish History & Civilization

  • Religious Studies

  • Psychology & Cognitive Studies

  • Conflict & Security

  • Business & Law

  • Education

  • Global Studies

  • Political Science

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
  • English
  • Hebrew
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Education
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Global Studies
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Music
  • Business Administration and Management
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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