Freshman/Academic Gap Program (First-Year and Gap Year Students)
This option is specially designed for first-year students, whether they plan to continue their studies in Israel or back home. Students may enrol for the entire year or for either the autumn or spring semester. A variety of first-year courses are offered in the areas of Israel and Middle Eastern studies, Religion, Brain and Behavioural Sciences and Environmental Studies.
All Gap year students participate in the Gap (‘Freshman’) Seminar. This seminar provides Gap year students with a strong foundation to assist in the transition from high school to university. It provides academic and social support while strengthening the students’ skills in academic research and writing. The seminar also affords students the opportunity to interact and form a community with fellow students and the administration.
The program includes Ulpan prior to the semester, counselling, social activities and trips.
Studies begin with the mandatory September Undergraduate Ulpan or Winter (Jan) Ulpan followed by a semester that will include:
- Modern Hebrew (8-10 hours a week; 6-7 credits)
- Gap (‘Freshman’) Seminar (during the Undergraduate Ulpan)
- 3 Gap (‘Freshman’) level courses (4 hours a week; 3 credits per course).
All successful graduates will receive academic transcripts for accreditation purposes.
Student with excellent academic standards or appropriate background can also apply to the affiliated programs:
- ArtJerusalem – a joint initiative of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School (RIS), combines artistic training, university study and first-hand exposure to Israel’s challenging social, historical and cultural environment.
- DanceJerusalem – This unique program, initiated jointly by the Rothberg International School (RIS) and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) combines artistic training in dance skills and technique with academic exposure to Israel’s challenging social, historical and cultural environment.
- Jerusalem Sounds – Jerusalem Sounds is a new, unique initiative of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School (RIS). Studies include a full music program consisting of individual instruction, performance in small and large ensembles and classes in Jewish and Israeli music.
Studies will take place at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, on the Mount Scopus campus.
Students will be housed in the Student Village dorms.
Autumn: Late August through early January
Spring: Mid-January through early June
(Check calendar for exact dates)
For financial information, please click here.
Financial Assistance is available to Australian students, subject to criteria. For more information click here.
Students are eligible to apply for a MASA scholarship.
How to Apply?
For more information about the programs from the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University website click here.
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