Program Details

This option is designed for first-year students, whether you plan to continue your studies in Israel or back home. Students may enroll for the entire year or for either the autumn or spring semester.
Jerusalem, Israel
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

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. 

Setting Description:
From the hilltop of the Mount Scopus campus, the incredible panorama of Jerusalem unfolds. Medieval maps show Jerusalem as the heart of the world. Astonishingly, it remains there: the seam line where West meets East, the First World faces the Third World, and where Judaism, Christianity, and Islam meet.
Tuition: $12,700 | Housing: $5,430 USD. Please see our website for cost per semester.

Additional Program Information

Applications are welcome from students holding a high school diploma with a B average or its equivalent. Students coming for one semester only should hold a high school diploma with a B+ average or its equivalent. A letter of parental consent is required of applicants under the age of 18.
Scholarships Description:
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