Study Abroad Program Overview
The program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers UC students the opportunity to form an understanding of the complex relations between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and its neighboring Arab countries. The wide variety of courses offered by Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) provides an interdisciplinary approach to your studies, with special emphasis placed on Jewish, Israel, or Middle East studies and Hebrew language.
Hebrew University is located on the eastern perimeter of Jerusalem, perched atop Mount Scopus. The campus and its dormitories provide a spectacular view of the old city on one side and the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea on the other.
Students on this program must be able to accept restriction of movement. Travel to specified areas inside and outside Jerusalem must be avoided and students are expected to closely follow all safety and security regulations and guidelines established by EAP, the Hebrew University, and the U.S. Department of State.
Orientation in Israel: Hebrew University provides three orientations to prepare you for the best possible experience; the first is a telephone orientation before departure; then an orientation upon arrival at the Ulpan, and another at the beginning of the academic term. Participation in all sessions and events is mandatory.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
You may be able take courses taught in Hebrew at Hebrew University if you pass a language placement exam at level "heh" or above. Law courses are taught in English at both Hebrew University and Rothberg international School.
The program begins for all students with a required Hebrew intensive language program, known as an Ulpan. The “summer Ulpan” (Ulpan Session III) precedes the fall term for fall semester and year participants and occurs for three weeks in September. The “winter Ulpan” precedes the spring term for spring participants and occurs for four weeks in January/February.
Hebrew language study is required during the fall term for fall and year students and during the spring term for spring students.
- ArtJerusalem, DanceJerusalem, and Jerusalem Sounds participants may request exemption from Hebrew language study during the fall or spring semester.
- Students in the Spring in Jerusalem honors option may request exemption from Hebrew language study during the honors program.
- Students in the Arabic Immersion program will not be able to take Hebrew language study during the fall or spring semester, due to time constraints.
- Students who wish to study Arabic in addition to the required Hebrew language study may take Arabic as part of their regular course load.
- Students who wish to substitute Arabic for the required Hebrew language study, have only one option at this time (due to number of units) Literary Arabic, taught at three levels in the Graduate Department. Note the Graduate Department has a different calendar, ending later than RIS and requiring a longer stay in housing, with increased housing cost. Also, the timetabling of Literary Arabic may conflict with other courses being taken at RIS.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September through the first week of January
late January to early June
early September to early June
Extension of EAP participation is possible from the fall to the year.
During the Ulpan and the academic term or year at Hebrew University, you will live in university accommodations on the Mount Scopus campus. For security reasons, you are required to live in the Student Village, Resnick dormitories, or Idelson apartment building.
The cost of Ulpan housing is included in the UCEAP fees, but you are responsible to reserve term or year housing and pay the cost directly to Hebrew University.
See the UCEAP Calendar. Some academic options have a longer calendar than other options. If your option is longer, you will pay more for your housing.
In order to integrate more fully into the Israeli community, you are encouraged to participate in cultural and other activities. The Office of Student Activities (OSA) at the Rothberg International School organizes various extracurricular events and excursions. Join clubs, sports teams, or music/theater/art groups; provide volunteer services to social organizations; participate in athletic events and religious activities; and attend lectures, discussions, and receptions in academic and community circles.
You will become a member of the Students’ Union, which sponsors a wide range of activities including a weekly movie, concert, and speakers’ series. There are sports facilities, clubs, and classes on the Edmond Safra campus (Givat Ram) and the Mount Scopus campus. See the Hebrew University website for detailed information on available facilities at the university and in the city. The Lerner Family Indoor Sports Complex on the Mount Scopus campus is the most advanced sports facility in Jerusalem.
Aerobics and dance are available in dormitories and at Beit Hillel. Beit Hillel, Beit Atid, and other organizations provide social, cultural, and religious activities including concerts, lectures, and discussions. Religious counselors are available to help Jewish and Christian students find appropriate places of worship and other religious facilities.
Many UCEAP students do volunteer work while in Israel. Some work at the Hadassah University Medical Center, while others tutor children or work with youth groups, hearing-impaired children, or the elderly.
EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. Local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Israel and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Regular university courses in your major or a related field are available. Of particular interest may be courses in ancient history, anthropology, archaeology, geography, Hebrew language and literature, history, international relations, political science, religious studies, and sociology.
RIS also offers specialized study tracks:
- Journalism and Media in Contemporary Israel, a spring semester program designed for students majoring in Journalism or Communications
- Jerusalem Film, a unique program that combines professional training in film production, academic study, and exposure to Israel’s challenging social, historical, and cultural environment
- Bioengineering and Systems Biology offers a unique set of integrated courses and laboratory experience in the rapidly growing field of Physics, Engineering, and Systems Biology
- Dynamics of the Middle East: Politics and Society (D.O.M.E.) provides an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the geo-political significance of the Middle East
- Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity focuses on the context and evolution of early Christianity
- An Arabic Immersion program taught in the classroom, social settings, and real-life interaction with the native-speaking Arab population, including field trips and special activities
- ArtJerusalem with a wide variety of art courses at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
- DanceJerusalem and Jerusalem Sounds taught at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD)
- Spring in Jerusalem, an honors option with possible independent research and supervised internship opportunities
Students can take any combination of at least 18 UC quarter units at RIS and the Bezalel Academy or at RIS and JAMD. Each class at the Bezalel Academy and at JAMD has an associated lab fee that students pay independently.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on general areas of study.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
Year participants may also participate in the winter Ulpan for an additional fee paid directly to Rothberg International School. Note: Students do not receive UC credit for courses that require them to pay tuition or enrollment fees in addition to the fees paid to the University of California.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad (typically four courses) to meet the unit requirement of 18 UC quarter units per semester. These 18 units are separate from any units earned during the Ulpan.
Research and Independent Study
If you are interested in participating in an academic credit-bearing independent study, you may do so during the semester. This independent study may count as one of the required courses.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University (HU), Israel’s first national university, was founded in 1925 as a symbol of the cultural rebirth of the Jewish nation in its ancestral homeland. It now enrolls more than 24,000 students of all races and religions studying on four campuses; these include 12,000 undergraduates, 7,600 MA students, and 2,600 doctoral candidates. There are 1,200 tenured academic faculty and 1,500 full-time administrative and technical staff. Hebrew University opened its first program for international students in 1955 with 22 students.
EAP students primarily attend courses offered at HU’s Rothberg International School (RIS). RIS has become an international educational arena, attracting students from around the world. The School offers a flexible, interdisciplinary program comprising Hebrew language, Jewish studies, Israel or Middle East studies, and a diverse range of courses spanning the humanities, social sciences, and sciences taught either in English at RIS or in Hebrew at Hebrew University.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Position in a private, government, or non-government organization
Setting Up Your Internship
- The internship is organized and monitored by the Undergraduate Office at the Rothberg International School. Contact the office after your arrival in Israel.
- The Internship course number at HU is 48047, and students receive 1 HU credit (1.5 UC quarter units).
- The course is P/NP only, and the internship requires you to devote 8 hours a week.
1. “The internship itself was very enjoyable and interesting. I worked at the Institute for Terrorism Research and Response which is a for-profit company that provides in-depth terror analysis, actionable intelligence, and breaking news to companies and people throughout the world. My job was to collect information mostly through internet research and provide a summary and analysis of pertinent news, upcoming events, etc. The internship was a positive experience because I was able to focus on my area of interests (the Middle East) and was always learning new facts and details.” Eliyahu Kamisher, UCSB (Fall, 2012)
2. "While I was studying abroad in Israel, my internship consisted of working at the Avi Chai Foundation within the Jewish Agency for Israel with Israeli schlichim, or Israelis who are sent to summer camps in North America. The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Avi Chai foundation sends a delegation of Israeli staff members to summer camps within North America so that they can promote Israel and Zionism, as well as explain Israeli culture to North American youth. […] I attended a seminar in which I helped explain what these young adults should expect when coming to these camps, and I answered all questions regarding the difference between Israeli Jews and North American Jews. […] When I returned from Israel, I immediately went straight to a Jewish summer camp where I was the liaison between the Israelis and the American staff members."
Jamie Cooperman, UCD (Spring, 2013)
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Cost of attending the host university
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Hebrew Ulpan (intensive language program)
- Room and board
- Local transportation
- Optional excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Israel
Study in Israel.org List
Study In Israel.org has a list of airfare and tuition scholarships from $400 - $21,000 available for study in Israel. Find out more.
Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund
for students pursuing traditional Jewish studies
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters.
* Required for fall semester and academic year students during the fall term and for spring semester students during the spring term.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU).
Visit your Campus EAP website for program-specific deadlines: