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Program Description

Overview


 

   Quick Facts

  • Learn in one of the most diverse, dynamic, and historical locations in the world!
  • Academic options available to most majors, as well as the opportunity to improve your Hebrew & Arabic language skills while learning about the political, economic and social issues of the region.
  • Offers a curriculum in Middle Eastern, Israeli and Jewish Studies as well as Conflict Resolution.
  • Explore Israel through Hebrew University sponsored excursions through the Old City, the Judean and Negev Deserts, the Galilee and more!
  • Study with students from over 60 countries in the heart of Western civilization.
  • Students who have completed at least 28 semester credits with a 3.0 (B) cumulative GPA or its equivalent are eligible to apply.
  • Note: There is an additional application fee of $85 that must be paid directly to Hebrew University in order to process your online application. This is reflected in the cost sheet as the "Host University Fee."

Location

Hebrew University - Jerusalem

Location Details

Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is well known for its abundant historical and holy sites and fascinating tourist attractions. A city sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem is a melding of past and present, of ancient roots and modern innovations. In addition, this thriving metropolis is rich in art galleries and museums, theaters and concert halls, restaurants and cafes, pubs and dance clubs. Exciting festivals, exhibitions, international conferences, sports competitions and many other special events are held throughout the year.

From the hilltop of the Mount Scopus campus, through the windows of the classrooms and dormitories of the Hebrew University, the incredible panorama of Jerusalem unfolds, confirming the Talmudic statement: "Of the ten measures of beauty allotted to the world, nine were given to Jerusalem.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel's first university and a symbol of the cultural rebirth of the Jewish nation in its ancestral homeland. Founded by such luminaries of the twentieth century as Martin Buber, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, the University has become a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research, as well as a scientific center of international repute. In 2005, Israel's Council for Higher Education ranked the Hebrew University as the nation's #1 university on a scale of "academic excellence."

Today, 24,000 students, from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, study on the University's four campuses, including some 1,200 visitors from abroad and new immigrants, who have come to its Rothberg International School to pursue degrees or earn credits for transfer. The School has become an international arena, a magnet that attracts students from around the world. They converge here to find intellectual challenge, religious bonds, political analysis and cultural activity. In the hallways of the School you will hear English spoken in the accents of New York, New England and the Deep South, of Britain, Australia and South Africa. You will hear the sounds of Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Polish, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Korean and Japanese reverberate in the Rothberg International School. The Hebrew University brings all these students, from over 50 countries, together in Jerusalem to share a common experience in Hebrew - their new common language.

Take a virtual tour of Hebrew University!

Photos courtesy of Hebrew University

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses


Program Structure: 
You will take a minimum of 15 credits per semester, plus the 5-credit pre-semester Hebrew ulpan. Glossary of Terms:

Autumn = US Fall Semester
Spring = US Spring Semester
Course Level: 1000 = Introductory Course
Course Level: 2000 = General Courses
Course Level: 3000 = Course requiring a prerequisite
Course Level: 4000 = Course requiring 2 prerequisites

Please note that the course level is not determined by the number of the course.  The course level is listed in the course information under the coruse dates and times.

Professional internships are available each semester for full-time students, who contribute 8 hours a week to a partner organization. Internships are organized and monitored by a special coordinator at the RIS. In recent years, internship locations have included the Hadassah University Hospital, the Albright Institute of Archaeology, the Spielberg Film Archives, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, business venture companies, nursery and elementary schools, community centers,
university research institutes and many other organizations. Students receive one credit for an internship. If interested, contact Hebrew University as soon as possible.

Click here to access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.
 

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Hebrew University will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Hebrew University - RIS

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Hebrew U students
Photos courtesy of Hebrew University

Housing

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Hebrew U - housing

Program Housing

The student housing complexes on Mount Scopus, overlooking the incredible panorama of Jerusalem, are walking distance from the University. They offer an independent setting appropriate for overseas students. Living in University housing is an important part of the overall experience of studying abroad. RIS students have the opportunity to meet new friends from different cultures and continents - North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe - as well as a chance to share experiences with Israeli students. Students from abroad accepted to long-term programs or to summer courses at the RIS are allocated housing provided that they make their reservations on time. Space may be limited in the spring semester.

Students are usually housed in apartments with single bedrooms. The bedrooms contain a bed, desk, chair and closet. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. Internet access is available for an additional fee.

Students who are Shomrei Shabbat can request to live with other observant students. Housing placement is coordinated through the Rothberg International School. While personal preferences are taken into consideration whenever possible, students should be aware that their requests cannot always be met.

While there is no meal plan, the kitchens are equipped with stove burners and refrigerators for preparing light meals and snacks. Moderately priced kosher cafeterias and snack bars, as well as small supermarkets, can be found in or near each student housing complex. Laundry facilities are also available.

A staff of specially selected Israeli students (called madrichim), who reside in the dormitories, assist RIS students in adjusting to campus life at the Hebrew University and help them obtain the full benefit of their stay in Israel.

Take a 360-degree virtual tour of Student Village Complex.

Photos courtesy of Hebrew University

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Israel, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture. This includes cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entryways, and small indoor spaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Israel, students who identify as LGBTQIA should be aware of varying laws in Israel based on region of the country. In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, consensual same-sex sexual activity is criminalized but in other areas of Israel, the LGBTQIA community is protected by anti-discrimination laws.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Israel, female students should be prepared to dress modestly and avoid wearing revealing clothing (shorts, sleeveless blouses, and short skirts) when visiting holy sites.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019
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Rolling Admission 09/04/2019 06/08/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

Hebrew University has a regular semester for the Rothberg International School program. Any programs outside this school will have extended semester dates that may continue into the start of the spring semester. Check the dates for your desired program at Hebrew University.
Fall Semester 2019 03/01/2019
**
Rolling Admission 09/04/2019 01/05/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

Hebrew University has a regular semester for the Rothberg International School program. Any programs outside this school will have extended semester dates that may continue into the start of the spring semester. Check the dates for your desired program at Hebrew University.
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission 02/04/2020 06/09/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed