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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Affiliate Programs Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 3.0
Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Arabic, Hebrew Study Abroad Adviser: Jennifer Grover
Language Category:
Language Category B Study Level: Graduate, Law, Undergraduate
Program Description:

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  • Study at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked in the Top 100 universities in the world!
  • Take area studies classes in English or study Arabic or Hebrew
Program Requirements
  • 3.0 Combined Retained GPA
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 2 recommendation letters from any OU professor
  • Host University Application
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! Both undergraduate and graduate students can study at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Most OU undergraduate students enroll in the Undergraduate Study Abroad Program, although there are several programs to choose from. For information on graduate programs please click here.

Undergraduate Study Abroad Program - The Undergraduate Study Abroad program offers a large variety of classes taught in English. Major areas of study include Jewish, Israel and Middle Eastern studies, Business, Law and Psychology. Literary and Colloquial Arabic are also offered at various levels. Modern Hebrew language instruction is an integral part of the program and students take a pre-semester intensive Hebrew program – either the Undergraduate Summer Ulpan in September or the Winter Ulpan in January – as well as Hebrew classes during the semester. Students who have completed level Dalet are required to take at least one course taught in Hebrew.

Spring in Jerusalem - Honors Program - This exciting joint initiative of Harvard University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is designed for outstanding students in their third and fourth years of study who are looking for a unique intellectual challenge. Participants study together with Israelis in advanced-level courses offered in English by various departments of the Hebrew University. Hebrew and Arabic language classes are available at different levels of expertise. Students experience Israel through field trips, social encounters with prominent Israelis, supervised internships, independent research projects and a variety of extracurricular activities. Applicants must have at least Junior standing and a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Dynamics of the Middle East: Politics and Society (D.O.M.E.) - Students begin by taking a four-week intensive Hebrew language course (Winter Ulpan) prior to the beginning of the semester (5 credits).  Course choices in the semester are offered in the areas of political science, international relations, history, sociology, religious studies and languages (a total of at least 15 credits during the semester). The semester program includes a core course in Middle East studies (3 credits), a thematic, interdisciplinary seminar culminating in a 2-day field trip/retreat (3 credits), language study (one of the following – Hebrew/ Modern Standard Arabic/ Colloquial Arabic for 3-7 credits), electives (3-6 credits), and an optional internship (1 credit).

Journalism and Media in Contemporary Israel - This program will explore the role of journalism and the media from both the domestic Israeli and international perspectives. As a core component of the program, the students will meet with Israeli and foreign journalists who will share their experience and knowledge. Participants will delve into central issues related to the fields of journalism and the media in Israel, as well as benefit from the country’s unique role as a magnet attracting foreign journalists. A media internship will provide a unique opportunity to gain professional experience in the field. Electives in journalism, Israel and Middle Eastern studies, and comparative religion, as well as language instruction in Hebrew and Arabic, complement the program.  

Jewish Experiential Education Program - This exciting new program is ideal for students who plan to engage in informal or experiential Jewish education, including camp counseling, youth work and community activity. Participants will greatly enhance their knowledge of Judaism and Israel, gain a deeper understanding of issues in contemporary Jewish education and expand their practical programming ability. The program is run by the Rothberg International School  in conjunction with the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity - This program focuses on the context and evolution of early Christianity and will draw courses from the Undergraduate and Graduate Divisions of the RIS as well as other departments of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Areas of study will include the Socio-Historical Context of Early Christianity (Hebrew Language, History of Late Antiquity, Archaeology of the Holy Land), the Bible (Biblical and Extra-Biblical Literature), Judaica (Jewish Thought and Practice, Rabbinic Literature), Christianica (Patristics, Christian Thought and Practice), and Jewish-Christian Relations during the Medieval/Modern Periods.

Quantitative Biology - The program offers a unique hands-on guided laboratory research experience that is integrated with bleeding edge courses in three sub-fields: Molecular Neuroscience, Bioengineering, and Systems Biology. Research projects and courses will focus on the fundamental understanding of cellular decision-making in health and disease. Research projects range from the mapping of transcriptional networks, innovative human-on-a-chip devices, high-speed 3-dimensional and super-resolution imaging, to developmental biology and micro-environmental control of bacterial populations.

Arabic Immersion Program - 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.  All studies will be held in Arabic and participants will speak Arabic exclusively for the duration of the program.  

Film Jerusalem - This combines professional training in film production, academic study and exposure to Israel’s challenging social, historical and cultural environment. The program offers advanced study in the theoretical and practical aspects of documentary film making, and students carry out their own productions under the guidance of the school’s professional staff. In addition, students choose from a wide range of academic courses in Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Religion and Behavioral Sciences as well as Hebrew or Arabic Language. Applicants for Film Jerusalem must have at least Junior standing.

DanceJerusalem - This unique program combines artistic training in dance skills and technique with academic exposure to Israel's challenging social, historical and cultural environment. DanceJerusalem offers university-level artistic and technical training in the disciplines of Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance (including Ohad Naharin's GaGa), Choreography, Repertoire and Improvisation. Within the framework of a comprehensive survey course, "Dance in Israel", students create, rehearse and perform works with outstanding Israeli composers and choreographers.

Jerusalem Sounds - Studies include a full music program consisting of individual instruction, performance in small and large ensembles and classes in Jewish and Israeli music. Students also choose from a wide range of university courses in Religious, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Behavioral Sciences and Environmental Studies, as well as Hebrew Language. For details see the online course list.

ArtJerusalem - combines artistic training, university study and first-hand exposure to Israel's challenging social, historical and cultural environment.Studies include a wide variety of art courses in such areas as Painting, Sculpture, Drawing and Screen Printing. Students also choose from a broad selection of university courses in Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, Religion, Behavioral Sciences and Environmental Studies, as well as Hebrew Language.

Academic Calendar
The Autumn semester begins in mid-October and ends in January, with Summer Ulpan beginning early August or September. The Spring semester begins in late February and ends in late May or June, with Winter Ulpan  beginning late January.

To see courses previously taken by OU students at this university and their OU equivalents click the following link: Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Course Equivalency Information.

Money Matters
Since this program is a Transfer Credit program you will pay all fees and housing/meals/living expenses to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started! Housing
All summer students will live in on-campus dormitories on Mount Scopus. Dormitories are within walking distance of the university and are an apartment-style setup with up to 5 bedrooms and shared common spaces. More information on housing is available here.

Get Started
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 for the Middle East to move on to Phase 2!

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/20/2015
03/06/2015 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/20/2015
03/06/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/13/2015 09/23/2015 TBA TBA
Fall 2016 02/21/2016 03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 02/21/2016 03/04/2016 TBA TBA
Spring 2017 09/18/2016 09/23/2016 TBA TBA

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