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Undergraduate Studies - Bachelor's Degree

General Admission Requirements
Scholastic Background

Psychometric Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT )

Admission Based on Previous Academic Studies

Additional Information for Specific Departments

Application Dates
Admission Prospects

 

A bachelors degree program is usually completed in three years. Studies extend over three-and-a-half years in Law and Occupational Therapy and four years in Computer Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy (including six months of practical training).

The Hebrew University offers the following special programs leading to an undergraduate and graduate degree simultaneously upon completion of four-five years: Computer Science & Computational Biology, Honors Program in "Medication Sciences", Pre-MBA Program for Outstanding Students, and Revivim Teacher-Training Program in Jewish Studies.

An accelarated track for outstanding students, combining BA and MA studies, is offered in the Departments of  Education, Sociology & Anthropology and Statistics, in the Faculty of Law and in the Schools of Business Administration (the Alpha Program) and of Occupational Therapy. 

General Admission Requirements

  1. Prior studies which are equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut (details in chapter on "Scholastic Background").
  2. Specific level of achievement on the Psychometric Test or SAT (details in relevant chapters). The required scores are updated regularly under "Admission Prospects".
    Certain departments accept applicants on the basis of their previous studies and do not require either of these entrance test scores. Details are found in the chapter on "Previous Academic Studies" and in the chapter on the Psychometric Entrance Test.
  3. Hebrew language skills. Completion of level Gimmel is the minimum requirement for admission in most departments. Some departments require completion of a more advanced level of Hebrew language. (Details in the chapter "Hebrew Language").
  4. English language skills. Level "Lower Advanced" is the minimum requirement for admission to most departments. Some departments require a more advanced level of English language. (Details in the chapter "English Language").

Scholastic Background

Candidates must submit documents about one of the following options:

1. Completion of Equivalent High School

The Hebrew University considers certain high school diplomas from abroad to be equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut (matriculation) Certificate. Holders of such diplomas are eligibile to apply to degree programs but the decision to admit a candidate is based on the entrance examination (with the exception of the French BAC).
There are select equivalent certificates that enable excellent students to be acceptance to most departments without the psychometric test, on the basis of outstanding grades. The certificates and requirements are detailed on the
website.
The tables below list examples of high school certificates that are equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut, as well as examples of non-equivalent certificates. In cases of uncertaity, candidates should contact their admissions advisor.

Equivalent Certificates

BAC – French Baccalaureate

Canada – see details

Dutch VWO

GCSE + A-levels, in certain combinations

German Abitur

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Italian Maturità

Swiss Federal Maturity

Tawjihi(East Jerusalem)

USA: Advanced Placement Examinations (details below)

 

Non Equivalent Certificates

East Asian Countries

Latin American High School

Russian Attestat or Vocational High School Diploma

USA High School Diploma, GED

2. University Mechina - Preparatory Program

Candidates who graduated high school with a diploma that is not equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut are required to successfully complete a Mechina - Preparatory Program at one of the Israeli universities. Applicants to first-year studies are required to submit their high school graduation documents in addition to proof of successful completion of a Mechina - Preparatory Program at an Israeli university. Only the grades received in the Mechina - Preparatory Program at the Rothberg International School are considered for admission to the Hebrew University (see the chapter on the Rothberg International School). Applicants who complete a Mechina program at any other Israeli university must provide proof of successful completion of that Mechina, but they are considered solely on the basis of their Psychometric Test scores.

3. Academic Studies

Applicants who have completed one year of academic studies (usually 30 semester credits) from an accredited institution of higher education, in addition to graduation from an un-equivalent high school, are eligible to apply for first-year studies without participating in the Mechina Program. Acceptance is based solely on the SAT or the Psychometric Test. Applicants who studied at a community college, are required to present a minimum of 30 academic credits with a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.2. Applicants submitting partial academic studies must also submit their final and official high school/matriculation transcript. 

4.  Additional Options for Bagrut Equivalency

·   Applicants from the United States may submit four Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with grades of 4 or 5. Applicants toa science related field must submit examinations in Math and an additional science subject. Applicants to Medicine or Dental Medicine must submit six AP examinations with scores of 4 or 5, including Math and an additional science subject.
   Applicants that are only a little bit short of the requirements but have additional scholastic background may petition the appeals committee.


·   Applicants who are at least 30-years old and have a high school diploma that is not equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut may be accepted to departments in the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Agriculture and the schools of Business Administration, Nursing and Social Work based solely on their Psychometric Test or SAT scores.

·   Applicants with documentation on post-high school studies not mentioned above should write to the Office of Overseas Students Admissions to check the equivalency of their studies, and include all necessary documents.

5.  Israelis who Completed High School Abroad

Applicants who completed a US high school following nine years of study in Israel may also submit the following Bagrut examinations:
·   Hebrew Composition – 2 units
·   Hebrew Literature, Bible (Tanach)  or History  – 2 units
·   Mathematics – 3 units or more
·   Additional elective subject – 3 units (excluding English or any other language).

Note: Candidates who wish to study in a science-related faculty must take the Bagrut in a science subject as their additional elective (e.g., Physics, Biology or Chemistry).
Candidates who studied less than nine years in Israel but wish to be considered on the basis of the Bagrut examinations listed above should send a written request to the Office of Overseas Students Admissions.

The Psychometric Test

 

The Inter-University Psychometric Test is a tool for predicting academic performance, which is used for screening applicants to institutions of higher education in Israel. The test contains multiple-choice questions in three areas - verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and English language proficiency.
Since October 2012, a writing assignment has been added to the verbal reasoning test which comprises 25% of the score in this area. The assignment checks both content and language and can be written in any of the languages in which the test is offered as well as in several other languages included in the English/Combined Version (see below).
The test is administered by the
National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE), P.O. Box 26015, Edmond Safra Campus, Neve Shaanan Gate, 91260 Jerusalem, Israel Tel: 02-6759555, Fax: 02-6759543.
For additional information on the test check the
website.


Test accomodations for applicants with special needs are offered on some of the sessions. Applicants with medical, physical or learning disabilities should contact NITE and submit all relevant documentation as early as possible.

 

Test scores must be submitted for first-year undergraduate degree programs and for advanced standing (second or third -year) in undergraduated degree programs in all faculties except the Faculty of Science.The Psychometric scores requried for admission are upadated regularly under "Admission Prospects".


The following applicants are not required to submit test scores:

  • Applicants with academic background, as detailed in the chapter on "Previous Academic Studies".
  • Applicatns with very high grades on certain high school certificates that are equivalent to the Bagrut. These applicants will be considered for admission to most departments in the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Agriculture.
  • Maaleh Program: Applicants over the age of 35 wishing to study select courses in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences . In some departments it is possible to become a regular degree student after completing 48 credits with a minimum average of 75. Details are available from the Magid Institute, Tel: 02-5422016.

Test Languages

The NITE Psychometric Test is offered in Arabic, French, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and Combined/English (i.e., questions are written in Hebrew and English and difficult words are translated into additional languages). It is recommended that applicants take the test in the language they know best. in the English/Combined Version, the writing assignment can be written also in Amharic, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Italian and protuguese.
In April 2014 there will be a test in Italian in Israel and in Italy.

Candidates who take the Psychometric Test in a language other than Hebrew are offered an additional Hebrew language test "Yael". However, the Office of Overseas Students Admissions does not accept the results of the "Yael" test. The Hebrew language proficiency of candidates is measured by an examination administered by the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction at the Hebrew University.

 

Registration

Registration for the Psychometric Test is separate from application to the Hebrew University.

Candidates applying from Israel can register online or with a registration packet which can be purchased at select bookstores or directly from NITE.


Preparing for the Test

Recent surveys indicate that it is possible to benefit significantly by preparing for the test using various means of self-study. Familiarity with the different types of the questions which appear on the test and experiene taking  a test under "real" conditions may decrease anxiety and improve test performance. Information and practice questions are available in the booklet accompanying the test registration forms. Those interested in further practice may purchase samples of past examinations in all languages directly from NITE.

Test Dates

Date in 2014 Registration Deadline Language
February 3 December 30 Hebrew, Combined/English, French, Russian

April 10, 13

February 26

Hebrew, Arabic, Italian

July 3-4

May 21

Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish, Combined/English

October 6-7

August 27

Hebrew, Arabic

December 19, 21

November 5

Hebrew, Arabic

Last Valid Test Dates for Admission for the 2014/15 Academic Year

Date  

Valid For

February, April

Candidates for all undergraduate study programs.

July

Candidates for the Faculty of Humanities (except Cognition Studies, and Revivim Program).

Candidates for second year studies.

Candidates for all areas of study who take the test in Combined/English, French, Russian or Spanish.

Rothberg International School students in the Preparatory Program - Mechina or Freshman Program (Israel University Option).

All other candidates who take the test in July are considered provided there are places available in the department they requested.
Candidates taking the July test are considered late applicants regardless of when they applied and requirements for admission may be higher.

October, December

Candidates to the Spring Semester in the faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Test Score Validity

Psychometric Test scores are valid from October 1990 and after. There is no limit on the number of tests taken but it is impossible to take the test on consecutive sessions. The highest valid test scores from among the most recent five scores are considered.

Test Results

Either an Israeli identification number or a passport number must be used to register for the test. The results are sent to the examinee and are forwarded automatically to all universities using this number.

·         Candidates who have an Israeli identification number must use it when registering for the test.

·         Candidates must list the same numbers on both the registration form for the Psychometric Test and the Hebrew University application form.

·         Candidates who register using their passport number must send a photocopy of their "Test Notification" (zimoon l'behinah) to the Office of Overseas Students Admissions.

·         Candidates whose passport number has changed or who have received an Israeli identification number after either taking the Test or submitting their application should submit a photocopy of their new passport/identity card to the Office of Overseas Students Admissions.

Test results are poste on the NITE website. The Psychometric score required for admission for the various departments can be found here.

Interpreting Test Results

Examinees receive from NITE their scores in each of the three domains of the test – verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and English. Starting with the test of October 2011, the total score is reported in three versions: a general score (40% verbal reasoning, 40% quantitative reasoning and 20% English); verbal emphasis (60% verbal reasoning, 20% quantitative reasoning and 20% English); quantitative emphasis (60% quantitative reasoning, 20% verbal reasoning and 20% English). Applicants who took the test on previous dates will be able to check their scores according to this new format on the NITE website.

The Faculty of Science, School of Pharmacy and Department of Psychobiology consider the quantitative emphasis score, while all other departments  use the general score. The Hebrew University does not use the verbal emphasis score at this stage.

Information on the scores required for 2014/15 are updated regularly in the section "Admission Prospects".

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT Reasoning Test)

 

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be considered in lieu of the Psychometric Test for admission to first-year undergraduate degree programs and for advanced standing (second or third year) in undergraduate degree programs in all faculties except the Faculty of Science.

NOTE: The Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Veterinary Medicine do not accept SAT scores in lieu of Psychometric Test scores.

Candidates who are uncertain whether they are required to take the SAT or the Psychometric Test should contact their admissions advisor.

Registration

In Israel

In Israel and Abroad

Registration materials supplied (for a nominal fee) – American Center, 19 Keren Hayesod St., Jerusalem,Tel: 02-6252376

U.S. - Israel Educational Foundation, 1 Ben Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv, 61261, Tel: 03-5172131

Register Online – College Board SAT Program.

Test Results

The Hebrew University code 4551 must be written on the examination information page. Candidates are personally responsible for ensuring that their results reach the Office of Overseas Students Admissions.

Interpreting Test Results

The Hebrew University converts SAT scores using criteria that take into account the similarities and differences between the SAT and the Psychometric Test.
The conversion is carried out on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections only; the University does not use the score on the Writing section. The highest combined score from one examination session is accepted. The Faculty of Science, School of Pharmacy and Department of Psychobiology give a higher wight to the Math score. The scores requried for admission are updated regularly under "
Admission Prospects".


Admission on the Basis of Previous Academic Studies

Admission to the first year

  • Applicants with a PhD from an accredited university may be accepted without the Psychometric Test scores to all departments except: Amirim Honor Programs, Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.
  • Applicants with a BA or MA degree from an accredited university may be accepted without the Psychometric Test to most departments except: Amirim Honors Programs; Accounting; Bio-Medical Sciences; Biopsychology; Business Administration;  Biotechnology in Agriculture; Cognition Studies; Combined Program in Exact Sciences; Communication and Journalism; Computer Engineering; Computer Engineering (Opto/Micro-electronics); Computer Science; Computer Science & Computational Biology; Dental Medicine; Economics; Honors Program in "Medication Sciences", Law; Medicine; Nutritional Sciences; Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy; Combined Program in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science; Psychology; Revivim Program; Social Work (excluding graduates of the Hebrew University); Veterinary Medicine and the Pre-MBA Program for Outstanding Undergraduate Students.
  • Applicants who have completed  at least two years of academic studies with good grades at an accredited university may be accepted to the following departments:

    Faculty of Humanities – all departments except for the Amirim and Revivim programs, Cognition Studies or the Combined Program in Philosophy, Economics & Political Science. The minimum grade required is 75.

    School of Education; Faculty of Social Sciences– the departments of Geography, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology & Anthropology, and Statistics. The minimum grade required is 80.

Advanced/Transfer Students

Differences in curriculum make it difficult to obtain advanced standing. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the University’s programs of studies which are available on the Internet.  In most cases, applicants are required to meet the general admission requirements (including entrance examinations).  Once accepted, they can then petition the department for credit and/or exemptions based on their previous studies.
Candidates must provide proof that their previous program of studies is parallel in content to that of the department of their choice. Nontheless, most departments require a certain minimum score on the Psychometric Test.
The number of places is limited and the department's admissions committees accept only the most suitable candidates. Decisions are usually made close to the beginning of the academic year, and are based on official transcripts and syllabi of all relevant courses.
It is impossible to apply for advanced standing in Medicine or Law based on studies abroad.
Te Hebrew University will only award a Bachelors degree to students who complete at least 1/3 of their degree program at the Hebrew University, including all required seminar courses.
Bridges from the Open University: There is an option in several departments to begin studies at the Open University of Israel and then, after completing an agreed cluster of courses, being accepted directly to the second year at the Hebrew University. For the list of departments and course clusters see the website.

 

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