First Year Study Abroad Program

Applications are now open 

The First-Year Study Abroad Program gives you an exciting and unique way to enter university life as an international first-year student. You’ll make new friends from around the world while experiencing Israel’s rich and vibrant culture through field trips, social activities, and courses, including Hebrew, Israel, and Middle East studies. Jerusalem will be a second classroom for you, full of colorful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.

The First-Year Study Abroad program will strengthen your research and writing skills and provide you with strong academic and social support. It will give you a solid initiation into academic study, and the credits you earn will be transferable to most top-tier colleges and universities abroad. After completing your first year at HebrewU, you’ll be prepared for success at a range of top-notch institutions around the world.


Studies begin with the mandatory September Undergraduate Ulpan or Winter (January) Ulpan (5 credits) depending on your starting date. You may earn 12-15 credits per semester:

  • Modern Hebrew (8-10 hours a week; 6-7 credits)
  • Two or three introductory-level courses (3 credits per course)
  • Community service option

You can view the introductory courses open to first-year students in our course catalog.

Student with excellent academic standards or appropriate background can also apply to the affiliated programs:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


A high school diploma with a minimum of a B average or equivalent is needed to be eligible for the year-long option. If you are interested in the semester-long option, a high school diploma with a minimum of a B+ average or equivalent is required. Both options require a letter of consent from your guardian(s) if you are under the age of 18.


Autumn: Late August through early January
Spring:Mid-January through early June
(Check calendar for exact dates)

Apply by

On a Rolling Admissions Basis (year and autumn semester); November 30 (spring semester)

Financial Assistance

The Australian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem provides financial assistance on the basis of academic merit, financial need or communal involvement. If you wish to apply for financial assistance, please fill out an online form.

Students are eligible to apply for a MASA scholarship.

For Further Information

The Australian Friends will be happy to contact and assist you with your application process.

Students from NSW, VIC, SA, TAS, QLD, ACT ,NT & NZ contact:

Jamie Wise or 02 9389 2825

Students from WA contact:

Yael Eilon Jacobson or 0416 166 736

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