At The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, you can enroll in courses taught in English, with the exception of language courses. However, if you can read, understand, speak, and write Hebrew fluently, you may also have the option of taking some courses in the regular university program.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
As a participant in this program, you will be required to take the September or Winter Ulpan unless you can demonstrate proficiency in Hebrew, and even then, the Ulpan is strongly recommended. The Ulpan is an intensive language pre-course that includes 200 academic hours. It runs five days a week for approximately 6 hours per day, with several hours of homework each evening.
If you are of Israeli parentage, or have in-depth knowledge of Biblical rather than modern Hebrew, special classes may be available.
After the Ulpan, you will be required to continue your Hebrew language studies during the semester. All participants are subject to the minimum language requirement at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In addition to Hebrew, you can take elective courses in the following diverse areas:
• Jewish Civilization, Religion and History
• Middle East and Islamic Studies
• Political Science and International Relations
• Israel Studies: History, Politics, Society and Culture
• Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
• Conflict and Security Studies
• Business and Law
• Global Studies
• Arabic Language
Review The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Student housing complexes are located on Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem, and are within walking distance of the university. From this location, you can take advantage of being close to the university while experiencing city life.
If you choose to live on campus, you will most likely be housed in the in the Student Village complex. Each single occupancy bedroom is in an air-conditioned suite. Each bedroom contains a bed, desk, chair, and closet. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. The Scopus Student Village housing complex has free Wi-Fi in all of its apartments.
If rooms are unavailable in the Scopus Student Village, you will be housed in one of the other university housing facilities. RIS administration reserves all rights to make final housing decisions.
Kitchens have stove burners and refrigerators, so you can prepare light meals and snacks.
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants. There are moderately priced kosher cafeterias, snack bars, and small supermarkets located in or near each student housing complex.
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-2020 Estimate of Costs.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
ONLY SUNY STUDENTS MAY APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM. ALL SUNY APPLICANTS MUST APPLY THROUGH UALBANY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SUNY CREDIT FOR THIS PROGRAM.
Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least a 3.0 GPA are welcome to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
If you are interested in apply to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, you should follow two steps:
1) Click "Apply Now'' at the top of this page in order to access the UAlbany application materials.
2) Apply directly to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for admission, following their procedures and observing their deadlines, and inform the University at Albany once you have submitted your Hebrew University of Jerusalem application materials. Please do not send The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's application materials to the University at Albany.
University-arranged excursions are not included in this program, but you will have access to multiple tourist attractions off campus during your free time.
Student Clubs and Organizations
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Office of Student Life (OSL) designs extracurricular programs to introduce you to the land of Israel on a personal level – its people, food, geography, culture, and politics. Many exciting events, tours, and activities will complement your academic program and allow you to see Israel from new angles. All tours leave from the campus and include transportation, a tour guide certified by the Ministry of Tourism, a security guard, and a madrich (student life staff and guide) from the Rothberg International School.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“Studying abroad in Jerusalem helped me understand the intricacies of the political situation, culture, and society in Israel. I’m thankful for my experience at Hebrew University.”
Elana Pogal, Human Development Major
“My RIS Experience – Study Abroad in Jerusalem” alumni blog
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About the City
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s main campus (Mount Scopus campus) is located in the northeastern part of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is located between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It is one of the oldest cities in the world.
In Jerusalem, you can enjoy vibrant architecture, food, and street life while walking through the historic neighborhoods. Jerusalem has an East meets West feel, and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam thrive.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter Israel.
For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Consulate General of Israel website to determine whether you are required to obtain a visa for this program.
More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2020-2021
About the Program
The University at Albany's program through The Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers you the opportunity to take courses in Judaic, Israeli, or Middle Eastern studies, Hebrew language, and general studies. Israel, as a center for several cultures and religions, provides a stimulating environment for personal growth, both inside and outside the classroom. While it is an obvious resource for Judaic Studies majors and minors, this program also attracts students from all academic disciplines, religions, and ethnic groups.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.