The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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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 are enrolled at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University. Dependent on your Hebrew language fluency, you can take all or some courses directly at Hebrew University. Otherwise, you may focus on taking courses taught at Rothberg International School, which are in English. You will need at least 4 semesters of Hebrew language to qualify for the direct enrollment option at Hebrew University.

There are a wide variety of course offerings that have a focus on social and political sciences, Israel and the Middle East, languages, religion, fine and performing arts, business and legal studies, and STEM.

Please note that the academic calendar does not closely align with Columbia University. For example, the Spring semester typically begins early March and ends early July.

Program Features

You will have housing in student housing complexes that are located on Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem, and are within walking distance of the University.

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.