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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Housing Type: Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 3.0
 Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Arabic, Hebrew Study Abroad Adviser: Shanna Vincent
 Language Category:
Language Category B
Program Description:

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Location Overview

The University

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research, and a scientific center of international repute. Ranked among the world's leading universities, at the Hebrew University students of all backgrounds receive a university education where excellence is emphasized.  The Rothberg International School, located on the Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University, was founded in 1955 when the first organized group of 22 American students arrived for a full year of accredited study. This laid the groundwork for the One Year Program (today called the Undergraduate Study Abroad Program) and eventually its home, the School for Overseas Students, which was formally inaugurated in 1971. Today, the School has become an international arena, attracting students from around the world. The Rothberg International School has a full-fledged faculty, with an annual student population of more than 3,000 students, who converge here to find intellectual challenge, religious bonds, political analysis and cultural activity.

The City

From the hilltop of the universities' campus, through the windows of the classrooms of the Hebrew University, the incredible panorama of Jerusalem unfolds. Jerusalem is a city of great contrast: the seam line where West meets East, the First World faces the Third World, where Judaism, Christianity and Islam join and intercross. Jerusalem remains at the center of today's political realities and cultural and religious challenges.  Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is well known for its abundant historical and holy sites and fascinating tourist attractions. In addition, this thriving metropolis is rich in art galleries and museums, theaters and concert halls, restaurants and cafes, pubs and dance clubs. Throughout the year, the city hosts numerous festivals, exhibitions, international conferences, sports competitions and many other special events. Moreover, it houses tremendously rich resources for research and opportunities to experience and become involved in a host of areas of a political, religious and cultural nature.

Program Description

Hebrew University's Rothberg International School offers a variety of programs; from a few short weeks to an entire academic year studying in Israel!  Undergraduates can choose to spend a summer, semester or year at RIS taking courses taught in English, learning the Hebrew language and joining fellow students in excursions around the city.  The program includes an Ulpan, Hebrew and/or Arabic language instruction, and a wide variety of courses taught in English.  In addition to semester and year options, students can participate in summer programs!  Learn Modern or Biblical Hebrew or Modern Standard or Colloquial Arabic, choose from a wide array of intensive programs where you can learn about Israel, the Middle East, Environmental studies, and even participate in an archaeological dig or do an internship. From Israeli film to Jewish mysticism, from conflict resolution to public law – there is something for everyone during the Summer!  To learn more, check out the Undergrad Programs pages.  Students interested in HU's Summer programs can click here!

Academic Overview

The renowned Times Higher Education World University Rankings listed Hebrew University of Jerusalem as the #121 top university in the world. This is an outstanding distinction recognizing the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's excellent academic standards, high research activity, and prolific international cooperation.

Courses are offered in a wide range of fields, including Political Science, Religious Studies, Brain & Behavior Sciences, Conflict Resolution, Literature, History, Archaeology and much more! We are also excited to announce new specialized programs:  Arabic Immersion Program - Opening in Spring 2012 is a new Arabic Immersion program designed for undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals interested in acquiring a knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic.   The program is based on the principle of total immersion – the constant and exclusive use of a language in its native social and cultural environment. Studies combine formal classes, interaction with native speakers outside the classroom and exposure to the religious and cultural elements that have left their indelible mark on the Arabic language.  Unique Opportunities in the Arts - Students will come together with the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as  the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, to create a study abroad experience unique to Israel and the world.  Each program will combine their specialized offerings along with a broad selection of university courses in Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Religion, Behavioral Sciences and Environmental Studies, as well as Hebrew Language.  Summer Courses - Students have a variety of Summer course offerings from which to choose. HU's Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs offers short-term study abroad programs that enable students to combine an enriching academic experience with the opportunity to live and breathe the subject matter.  Various stimulating co-curricular and extracurricular activities, seminars, and trips complement these courses, providing students with an enriching social and academic experience that extends beyond the limits of the classroom.  Click here to find out more!

This Direct Enrollment study abroad program is considered to be an "Education Abroad Approved Program" or EAAP.  OU students approved to participate on this program will receive an in-process transfer credit tag that will be displayed on your oZONE transcript (linked under the "Academic Profile" box displayed as part of the "Academics" tab.)  Grades received on EAAP study abroad programs through the University of Oklahoma are posted by the Office of Admissions as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) on the OU permanent record.  These grades are not factored into the participant's Grade Point Average.  The decision about awarding credits is made in the Office of Admissions at OU.

Please click on the following link to view previously evaluated and equated courses: Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Course Equivalency Information.

Money Matters
Since this program is a Transfer Credit program you will pay all tuition, fees, and housing to Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!
An in-process transfer credit tag certifies that the student is participating on an approved study abroad program through Education Abroad and is therefore eligible to apply for financial aid through OU Financial Aid Services.  Students must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the OU Financial Aid Services Study Abroad Form and any other required documentation to Financial Aid Services at least 8 weeks prior to the term they plan to study abroad. Visit for additional information including the link to the FREE FAFSA. Obtain the FAS Study Abroad Form by typing STUDY ABROAD FORM in the Ask the Sooners search.

How do I apply?

Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser listed at the top of this page to move on to Phase 2! 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 TBA TBA
Summer 2014 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 06/24/2014 07/27/2014
 NOTE: Dates are approximate and subject to change. Do not use these dates to purchase flights.
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 09/26/2014 TBA TBA

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