Daniel Dray SEAS'19

Flowering Tree in Jerusalem

Hebrew University

Language of Instruction: English, Hebrew
Term: Academic Year, Spring

Live and study in Jerusalem for a semester at Hebrew University.

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Attend the Hebrew University of Jerusalem which was opened in 1925 on Mount Scopus and overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. Today nearly 24,000 students study on the four campuses of the University. Students of most majors with at least an intermediate level (Gimel) of Hebrew directly enroll at the university and take regular courses in Hebrew across the various faculties (arts and sciences primarily) in addition to courses in English at the Rothberg International School.


As an international student, you enroll at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University. Dependent on your language fluency, you can take all or some courses directly at Hebrew University; otherwise, you may focus solely on courses taught at Rothberg International School. Though courses at Rothberg are taught in English, most of the regular university courses at Hebrew U. are taught in Hebrew, and therefore you will need at least four semesters of the language to qualify for just the Hebrew University direct enrollment option. The program is available for direct enrollment during the spring and academic year. You are encouraged to take the Ulpan prior to the start of term and may earn Hebrew language credit.

Program Features

Throughout the term, you are housed in dormitories on campus.

The Student Union and Hillel offer a wide variety of student sporting and social activities including films, exhibitions, lectures and more. You are encouraged to participate in the on-campus clubs, sports and activities.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
The Middle East and North Africa
Academic Year, Spring

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021