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Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel (Outgoing Program)
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Spring 2019 09/21/2018 10/31/2018 TBA TBA
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Language of Instruction: English, Hebrew
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Class Eligibility:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior (fall only)
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Maximum Credits Earned (per semester): 5.0 Academic Area of Study: American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Dance, Earth Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Hebrew, History, International Business and Management, International Studies, Internships, Judaic Studies, Law and Policy, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Security Studies, Sociology
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2 semesters strongly encouraged Internships: Yes
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Hebrew University

Hebrew University is considered one of the most academically prestigious institutions in the world known for cutting edge research and for providing a challenging multidisciplinary education.   Founded by such luminaries as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Martin Buber, Hebrew University has a student population of 24,000 studying at four campuses and hosts over 1,500 international students each year.

For more information, please visit the Hebrew University website.
Note: You must apply and be accepted through Dickinson before finishing and submitting a partner program application. Partner program providers make all final admissions decisions. 

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Jerusalem is well known for its abundant historical and holy sites as well as its reputation as a thriving modern metropolis. Religiously significant to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, it is a city where the past meets present in everyday life. The city is rich in art galleries and museums, theaters and concert halls, restaurants and dance clubs and plays host to international conferences, sports competitions and festivals throughout the year.


Dickinson students studying at Hebrew University have three academic program options. Each program begins with an ulpan, a one month intensive Hebrew language program, prior to the start of semester.

The Rothberg International School offers courses in Judaic, Israeli and Middle Eastern studies as well as Brain and Behavioral Sciences and Environmental Studies. In addition to modern Hebrew, students may also study modern standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic at various levels. Students with sufficient language skills are encouraged to direct enroll in at least one course taught in Hebrew at the university. Students also have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project or participate in an internship program. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply.

Spring in Jerusalem is a joint initiative between Harvard University and Hebrew University and is designed for juniors and/or seniors interested in studying with Israelis in advanced level coursework, taught in English, within departments at Hebrew University. Students participate in a winter ulpan then continue their studies in the spring semester with two advanced course offerings taught in English by Hebrew University faculty. Students also have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project or participate in an internship program. The program also features exclusive excursions and meetings with community leaders designed to enhance their coursework and learning. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA to apply to this honors program.

Dance Jerusalem is a unique opportunity for students to study at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. The program combines university-level artistic training in dance and academic courses in a wide range of courses taught in English. Admission to this program is competitive and students must audition for a placement.

This Partner program requires students to have at a minimum:

  • 3.0 GPA (3.5 for Spring in Jerusalem honors program)
  • Two semesters of Hebrew strongly encouraged
Open to all majors. All students must have a declared major at the time of application.

As a part of the review process students’ conduct records and account status are also reviewed. Students and their parents should note that the review process takes all elements of the student’s academic record into consideration and that even if a student has the required minimum GPA and language pre-requisites, he or she may not be admitted.

Students who have questions about the review process or their particular candidacy for a program should come into the Center for Global Study and Engagement for advising.

Center staff will not discuss students’ applications with parents, friends or any other party without the student’s consent and presence in the conversation.

What kinds of courses are available?

Courses are applicable to a wide range of subject matters, such as Judaic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, International Studies, Law and Policy, Political Science, Religion, Security Studies, Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Dance.

What language skills are required?

There is no requirement to apply, although two semesters of Hebrew are strongly encouraged. Prior to classes starting, students will attend the ulpan, a month long intensive Hebrew language program.

What is the language of instruction?

Most students will take classes taught in English by Hebrew University faculty. Students with sufficient Hebrew language skills may direct enroll in classes taught in Hebrew at the university.

Will the courses count towards my major?

Many courses at Hebrew University can count towards your major. All students should check with their academic advisor on campus prior to course selection.

Generally speaking, courses must have an equivalent at Dickinson. Exceptions include classes that focus on the culture and/or history of the country in which the student is studying.  Transfer credit will not be awarded for coursework that duplicates what a student has already completed at Dickinson.

Will they count in my GPA?

Grades will not calculate in your Dickinson GPA, but they will appear on your Dickinson transcript.

How many credits will I earn?

Students will earn one credit for the required pre-semester language ulpan and four credits for the regular semester, for a total of five credits. All students must enroll fully in the program; students are not permitted to under-enroll during the semester.

What kind of excursions are available?

The Office of Student Activities at the Rothberg International School provides a full-range of activities for study abroad students including seminars, cultural and social events, clubs and holiday celebrations. Tours are also arranged by the office and are available to all students.

When will I find out where and when we’re travelling?

Specific dates for longer excursions will be announced at the beginning of the semester. Local site visits in and around Israel will be organized and announced during the semester.

Can a friend or family member who is not on the program also travel with us?

No, unfortunately, for logistical and academic reasons non program participants are not able to join the program for excursions.

Are excursions optional?

Not necessarily. Some excursions may be linked to your academic program and, in some cases, content delivered through the excursion will be relevant to a student’s studies and assessment.

When is orientation?

In addition to mandatory pre-departure orientation at Dickinson, there will be an orientation immediately upon arrival in Israel. It will include introductions to the area as well as the month long intensive language program.

What are the program dates?

Tentative program dates may be found here.

Is there a group flight?

A group flight is arranged by the New York Office of Hebrew University, departing from New York to Israel.  Students will be accompanied to Israel by a Hebrew University staff member.  Please wait for specific instructions from program staff before making any travel plans.

What if my family wants to visit me?

The academic schedule is fairly packed and there is not much time for students to host visitors. Visits from family or friends should occur during academic breaks, so as not to disrupt your studies.

When will I have time to travel?

Likewise, students are expected to attend classes and other mandatory events. You may travel on your own during academic breaks.

Can I arrive early or stay after the program ends?

Yes, but you should make other housing arrangements, as housing will not be provided to you outside the regular program dates.

How much does the program cost?

Students pay Dickinson comprehensive fees to attend this program. The cost includes tuition, room, and mandatory local travel, as well as the pre-semester language ulpan. Airfare and visas are not included in this cost. See budget sheet.

Students will receive a full board credit per semester on their Dickinson student account in lieu of a board plan in Israel. It is expected that you will use the excess money available to you for your food expenses while studying abroad. Please note that no routine food stipends will be dispersed in Israel; you must plan to have access to these funds for your food purchases while studying abroad.

How much extra money do I need to bring?

You know your own spending habits! Students should plan to bring spending money for personal activities, as well as enough funds to cover food expenses.

Will I receive a stipend?

No. You will need to arrange access to your food funds for the term before departure.

How will I access medical care while in Israel?

All students are required to have health insurance that is valid in Israel, which is included in the tuition fees for Rothberg International School programs.  At registration, students will receive a copy of the insurance policy and a list of important telephone numbers and the physicians, clinics and pharmacies providing medical services through the health plan. 

Dickinson also provides students with medical and travel security assistance through International SOS. Please visit our Health and Insurance Abroad page for more information. 

Where will I live?

Students are housed in the modern Scopus Student Village adjacent to the Hebrew University campus. Students live in a single bedroom in a four bedroom self-catering apartment and share a living room, kitchen and bathroom.

How will I access food and laundry?

A supermarket and laundry facilities are available a short distance from the apartment. Your food and laundry will not be paid for while in Israel, so you need to arrange access to the board credit you will receive from Dickinson before departure.

Are internships available?

Yes; students attending the Rothberg International School or the Spring in Jerusalem program have the opportunity to participate in an internship program.

Can I conduct research while abroad?

Students can conduct research abroad under the guidance of a Dickinson advisor. The Student International Research Fund (SIRF) was established to help students with extra travel costs associated with independent research projects. Students are encouraged to present their research at the International Research Symposium when they return to campus. For more information on SIRF, click here.

What is a visa?

A visa is a document, normally affixed within your passport, which allows you to enter the country and stay for the duration of your program. The requirements for the visa and visa process are controlled by the government of the country you are entering, are non-negotiable, and can change regularly. If you arrive without the proper visa, you will be sent home by immigration officers at your own expense.

Do I need a visa to study in Israel?

Americans planning to stay in Israel for longer than 3 months need to obtain a visa. You may apply for a student visa at your area’s Israeli Consulate.

If I’m not a U.S. passport holder, are there any additional requirements?

Yes, you will need to do your own research on visa requirements for citizens of your home country to study in Israel. The CGSE may be able to help you with the required documents. Also, you will need to inform the International Student and Scholar staff that you will be studying outside of the United States and discuss how you will remain in valid F-1 status during your studies abroad.

Global Ambassadors

Global Ambassadors are students returning from studying abroad.  Currently, the Center for Global Study and Engagement does not have a student representative for this program.  Please contact the CGSE for more information. 

Study Abroad Advisors (please call for an appointment):

Center for Global Study and Engagement
Dickinson College

For more information, contact:
Professor Ted Pulcini, On-Campus Coordinator
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Tel. 717.245.1208

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