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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
In 1925, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was established with three aims: to become an internationally recognized institution; to foster an understanding of the Jewish state; and to be the finest university of Israel. Almost seventy-five years later, each of these ambitions has been realized.
Each year, approximately 3,000 of the 18,000 students at this non- denominational university are from abroad. The Rothberg School for Overseas Students, established in 1971, recognizes and facilitates the curricula of international students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Arabic language studies are also available.
Located on Mount Scopus, overlooking the old city, the Hebrew University has language and computer laboratories, sports facilities, a student union, and a library with over three million items.
Despite its similarities to the U.S. system of education, Hebrew University is not easy; the curriculum is demanding. All students take the Ulpan, an intensive Hebrew language course, before the academic year. Options for the Ulpan include an immersion program in Hebrew and working on a kibbutz. Rigorous Hebrew instruction is required throughout the semester or year abroad. In addition to the Ulpan, language classes continue two or three times a week each semester. As with any language and culture, however, the best instructor is practical experience, and hands-on activities are the strength of the Rothberg School. Archaeology professors bring students to actual digs, religion professors turn to original manuscripts of sacred texts, and politics professors use the Middle East itself to illustrate political dynamics. Students can attend political seminars and conduct on- site research.
The Hebrew University divides its academic calendar into two semesters, with four or five classes being a full load each semester. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is necessary; students select their courses from the many taught in English at the Rothberg School. However, students with sufficient knowledge of Hebrew may also choose to take university courses taught in Hebrew. Grades are based on final exams, papers, and classroom participation. An academic advisor provides guidance to students.
Hebrew University also offers an Arabic Immersion program as well as a Modern Standard Arabic program
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses
(not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
To guarantee on-campus housing, students should make a reservation by June of the year they are going to Israel (off-campus housing is permissible, but not organized through the program). Students should expect an international, not Israeli, roommate. There is no meal plan, but the dormitories have kitchen facilities, and grocery shopping is nearby. Students provide their own utensils and linens. Student counselors live in the dormitories and are available 24 hours a day to help students adjust to Israeli society.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Special Diversity Abroad scholarship opportunity!
Diversity Abroad & Hebrew University six $7,500 scholarship awards towards the study abroad program at Hebrew University. Required diversity criteria:
African-American/Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Disabilities, First Generation, Hispanic/Latino, LGBTQ, Multiracial, Native American. See the Diversity Abroad website
for more information, and to apply.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Please note: This program application requires a lot of information and specific language components. Please get it from your Advisor as soon a possible to allow yourself the necessary time to complete in full.
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
The program offers an optional presessional Intensive Hebrew-language ulpan
, for an additional cost.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access