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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Direct Enroll)

The Program

A city sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem is a melding of past and present, of ancient roots and modern innovations. The capital of Israel, it is well known for its abundant historical and holy sites and fascinating tourist attractions, but it is also a thriving metropolis rich in art galleries, museums, theatres, restaurants, pubs, dance clubs and cafes. From the hilltop of the Mount Scopus Campus, through the windows of the classrooms and dormitories of the Hebrew University, the incredible panorama of Jerusalem unfolds, about which the Talmud says: “Of the ten measures of beauty allotted to the world, nine were given to Jerusalem.”

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s first university and a symbol of the cultural rebirth of the Jewish nation in its ancestral homeland. Founded by such luminaries of the twentieth century as Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud, the University has become a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research. Today 24,000 students from diverse backgrounds study on the University’s four campuses, including 1200 visitors from abroad and new immigrants at the Rothberg International School. From the inception of the Junior Year Abroad Program in 1955, the School has grown into an international arena that attracts students from more than 50 countries around the world, converging to find intellectual challenge, artistic expression, religious bonds, political analysis, and cultural activity.

The Academics

You can earn a full semester’s or full year’s worth of UConn credits on this program, provided you get departmental approval for the courses you will take before, duringor after your study abroad experience. Complete instructions for this process can be found under  Academic Credit. A wide variety of courses is offered, including advanced seminars in Jewish, Israel, and Middle Eastern studies and International Relations. Special opportunities are available for students to engage in a supervised independent research project or a supervised internship. Recent internship locations include government ministries, university research institutes, hospitals, nursery and primary schools, the media, and high-tech companies. A program for first-year students is also available. Please view the Israel-Jerusalem-Hebrew University of Jerusalem Course Equivalents below.

Modern Hebrew language courses are offered throughout the year. Participation in Ulpan, i.e., an intensive Hebrew language course, is required for students on this program. The following ulpanim are available:

Jerusalem Ulpan, 130 hours, offered in July, designed for visiting students.
Winter Ulpan, 105 hours, designed for students visiting in the spring semester.
In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
HIST 3993 Foreign Study 48221 The History of the Modern State of Israel 3 12/31/2020
HIST 3993 Foreign Study 48414 From Pioneer and Sabra to Contemporary Israeli Identities 3 6/30/2021
MCB 3893 Foreign Study 86896 Biology of Aging 2 12/31/2021
PHIL 1101 Problems of Philosophy 48641 Introduction to Philosophy Through Film 3 12/31/2020
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study 48746 Military Psychology and Organizational Behaviour 3 6/30/2021

The Experience

Dormitories are located on campus, within walking distance of the Rothberg International School, and you can reserve a place in one of them. You will be housed in double occupancy rooms. Observant students can request appropriate housing. University counselors living in the dorms to assist overseas students.

The Annette and Theodore Lerner Family Indoor Sports Complex is the most advanced sports facility in Jerusalem.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
The Details

  • Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/24/2018 05/31/2018
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 1st Year, 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Arts, Humanities, Jewish Studies, Sciences, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: Hebrew Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3