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.
Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
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.
Summer: Early July to late July (approximately 4 weeks)
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
You will live in university accommodations on the Mount Scopus campus. For security reasons, you are required to live in the Student Village. You are responsible to reserve and pay the cost of your own housing directly to Hebrew University.
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).
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Department of Summer Courses offers enriching academic experiences in areas such as Israel Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Jerusalem Studies, Jewish and Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom as you immerse yourself in the course topics through seminars, site visits, and trips. Study with other UC students, locals, and international students. You may choose your courses from a selection of Hebrew University’s summer courses offered during the July term.
You will choose two courses form the following options (these offerings are subject to change):
- The Politics of Planning in Multicultural Cities: The Case of Jerusalem (4.5 UC quarter units) - Explore the politics of city planning and the dilemmas and conflicts related to municipal management using Jerusalem as a case study. Subject Areas: Urban Studies, Near East Studies
- Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (4.5 UC quarter units) - Explore theories about collective memory and examine the ways in which these theories are exemplified in various Israeli case studies. Examine the ways in which memories about Israel’s past have shaped our perception of its present. Subject Areas: History, Near East Studies
- Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study (4.5 UC quarter units) - Develop a broad perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, focusing on Israeli society, and exploring both academic research and practical experience on one of the most influential conflicts of our time. Subject Areas: International Studies, Near East Studies
- The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel (6.0 UC quarter units) - Examine the emergence of the State of Israel from its origins in the late nineteenth century until today focusing on issues including nation state building; the triangular conflict between the Zionists, British, and Arabs; and the emergence of religious, ethnic, and national tensions. Subject Areas: International Studies, Near East Studies
- The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (4.5 UC quarter units) - Study pivotal events in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and examine themes including the evolution of the conflict between Arab states, the Palestinians and the Zionist movement, the Arab-Israeli wars, the peace negotiations and treaties between Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, and the Palestinian national movement. Subject Areas: History, Near East Studies
- Between Hamas and ISIS: Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East (6.0 UC quarter units) - Explore the origins, motivation, and political behavior of radical Islamist movements. Analyze key Islamist movements in relation to traditional and modern Islamic thought. Subject Areas: Near East Studies, Religious Studies
- The Body in Jewish Thought (4.5 UC quarter units) - Explore Jewish perspectives about the human body addressing questions about physicality, spirituality, gender, and God from historical, philosophical, and cultural viewpoints. Subject Areas: Religious Studies
- The Palestinians: Modern History and Society (4.5 UC quarter units) - Study the history, politics, and society of Palestinians post World War I. Investigate the rise of Palestinian nationalism, the ongoing changes in Palestinian society, and the continual negotiations and agreements between Israel and PLO/PNA with a focus on future prospects of peace and security. Subject Areas: History, Near East Studies
- Understanding Identities: Immigration and Cultural Diversity from the Israeli Experience (6.0 UC quarter units) - Meet with educational, social, government, private, and non-governmental organizations to learn how they have managed issues of immigration, multiculturalism, and inter-cultural relations. Subject Areas: Anthropology, Near East Studies
Not all summer courses are available to UCEAP students. Please select your courses from those listed on this page.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: at least 9 quarter units/6 semester UC units -- two courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internship, research, and independent study are not available on this program.
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. UCEAP students 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 Jewish studies, Israel or Middle East studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and a diverse range of courses spanning the humanities and social sciences.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Summer||4 - 4||9 - 12||6 - 8||$5,275||$3,225|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional 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.
All participants in this program may receive a $1,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See which program terms are eligible.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.85 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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
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. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: