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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English, Hebrew Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 

  • HebrewU application deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites international students to Israel to experience the outstanding, first-class overseas study abroad programs offered at the Rothberg International School. The vibrant Mount Scopus campus offers abundant opportunities outside the classroom for international students to interact with one another and their Israeli peers, and students can take advantage of stimulating lectures and seminars, diverse social, cultural and religious activities, invigorating athletic and recreational pursuits, and so much more.

The University

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the second-oldest university in Israel and is consistently ranked one of the World’s Top 100 universities and Top 25 schools outside of the US. The Rothberg International School was created shortly after the University's foundation, and it brings students from over 90 countries to share the experience of studying in Israel. The total student population of Hebrew U is around 22,000, while the Rothberg International Schools hosts around 2,000 visitors. 

The Setting
Jerusalem is located in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and Dead Sea. Jerusalem is an important city for Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, and it is rich with history dating all the way back to 1000 B.C.



Before the semester starts, students will participate in a required Ulpan (Intensive Hebrew or Arabic language course), but this does not count for Princeton credit. Once the semester starts, students are required to enroll in 15-16 credits per semester to be the equivalent of four Princeton credits. This typically equates to five or six courses, and six credits of the total course-load must be continuing language learning of Hebrew and Arabic, depending on a student's proficiency. Elective courses can be found in  the areas of Jewish Studies, Politics, Psychology, and more. More information can be found at the Rothberg website. 


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: early August through late December. **Students interested in the fall semester MUST participate in the 6-week Ulpan.
Spring Semester: mid January through early June

Please refer to the Rothberg website for updated calendars


Students live in the Student Village complex, which has single bedrooms containing a bed, desk, chair, and closet. There are shared kitchen and bathroom facilities in the building, and there is free wifi in all apartments. More information about housing can be found on the Hebrew U website.

Student Life

From Rothberg website:
"You’ll be invited to participate in a wide array of trips, tours, and activities offered by the Office of Student Life, including a tour of the Old City, a trip to the Dead Sea, and festivals that are held throughout the year. Build your own unique impressions and memories of Jerusalem and Israel. Housing on the Mount Scopus Campus is available for you as a study abroad student. Living with other international and Israeli students provides you with the opportunity to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, are also there to help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU."

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Please visit the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information about how to obtain a student visa.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the Rothberg website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/31/2021 05/31/2021
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