University of Oregon

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Program Overview

A city sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Jerusalem is a melding of past and present, of ancient roots and modern innovations. The goal of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem program is for you to gain insight into the cultural and religious diversity of Jerusalem and Israel, both current and historical, through quality academic programming.  Academic year courses are taught in English (with the exception of language classes). Summer programs vary in theme.

HUJ offers several scholarship opportunities – please visit their scholarship page for more information. HUJ also recently launched new summer and semester scholarships with Diversity Abroad – learn more here

Academic Details

Semester Program
Take academically accredited courses in English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for one semester or a full academic year. Your studies will include a summer or winter intensive Hebrew language course, (i.e., an Ulpan), which is designed to increase your Hebrew proficiency, regardless of your initial level. Each semester, you will enroll in a flexible program consisting of Hebrew language instruction and a variety of courses taught in English in the following areas: archaeology, business, communications, history, international relations, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, science and sociology.

If you have sufficient knowledge of Hebrew and plan to attend for the full year or for the Spring semester, you are encouraged to register for departmental Hebrew University classes with Israeli students. By doing so, you may choose from a broad selection of courses in the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science.

Stimulating workshops, seminars and tours around Jerusalem and the rest of Israel complement the academic program.

Summer Programs
Open to undergraduates, graduates, and mature learners with academic backgrounds, these courses are designed to highlight the rich history, fascinating present, and promising future of the Middle East while providing you with opportunities to live and breathe the subject matter. Various stimulating co-curricular and extracurricular activities, seminars, and trips complement the courses.

The Department of Summer Courses and Special Academic Programs may offer the following programs:

  • Language courses in Biblical Hebrew and Literary and Spoken Arabic
  • Summer Institute for Middle Eastern Studies
  • Summer Institute for the Study of the World of the Bible
  • Summer Institute for Israel Studies
  • Programme Scopus (for speakers of French)
  • Archaeological Field Schools

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Housing Description

The student housing complex on Mount Scopus, overlooking the incredible panorama of Jerusalem, is within walking distance of the University. It offers an independent setting appropriate for overseas students. By living in the complex, you will have the opportunity to share experiences with Israeli students.

You will typically be housed in apartments with single or double bedrooms. The bedrooms contain beds, desks, chairs and closets. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. Internet access is available for an additional fee.

If you observe kashruth and are shomrei Shabbat, you 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, you should be aware that your 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 you in adjusting to campus life at the Hebrew University and help you obtain the full benefit of your stay in Israel.

For more information, please visit: http://overseas.huji.ac.il/housing

Application Process

All UO students interested in applying to a program in Israel are required to meet with a study abroad program advisor prior to applying.

Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's written application, transcripts, recommendations, a personal interview, and a successful petition. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Coordinator. The final selection of participants is made by HUJ.

Petition Process:
 The Israel program is by petition only. Study opportunities to Israel through Global Education Oregon (GEO) are restricted. Staff will continue to monitor the situation and will review the program petition requirement on a yearly basis. Please contact GEO for updates regarding the status and availability of UO's programs in Israel.

University of Oregon students who wish to petition to study on this program through the University of Oregon must complete the UO petition and additional waiver forms. Both forms are part of the GEO application process.

IMPORTANT: Application for the HUJ program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

1. Completion of the GEO application process.

2. Completion of the HUJ application process.

Additional Requirements

All programs in Israel are restricted for University of Oregon students because of the current US Department of State Travel Warning. Students must submit successful petitions to attend this program. Petitions are due by the application deadline. Petition information can be found under the Admission and Preparation Section.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer 20173/15/2017VariesVaries
Fall Semester 20174/15/2017Late AugustEarly January
Academic Year2017-184/15/2017Late AugustLate June
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Late JanuaryLate June

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.