Rothberg International School
Mechina (Preraratory) Program
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Division of Graduate Studies
Department of Summer Courses and Special Academic Programs
Preparatory Program - Mechina
The Hebrew University instituted the Mechina for qualified high school graduates from abroad since many overseas students and new immigrants arrive in Israel without adequate preparation or qualifications for admission to regular undergraduate studies. Candidates for admission to a Bachelor’s program at the University must reach a level equivalent to the Israeli matriculation (Bagrut) and proficiency both in Hebrew and in English.
The Mechina is comprised of two trends: Humanities and Social Sciences and Exact and Life Sciences. Acceptance to a specific track depends upon the candidate’s score on the placement test in Mathematics, administered during the summer.
The Mechina includes intensive Hebrew and English language studies (according to the student’s level), mathematics/statistics, courses in Jewish and Israeli studies, and introductory courses, that are recognized by certain departments in the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Science. Most courses are taught in Hebrew – in preparation for academic studies in Israel. Students in the Exact and Life Sciences trend take courses in Physics and Biology, in addition to advanced Math.
Studies extend over three semesters from August until June, commencing with Hebrew studies in the Summer Ulpan. The Summer Ulpan is obligatory for all students, except those exempt from Hebrew-language study.
Students with no proficiency in English may be required to take an English language course in the summer.
Candidates must have a high school diploma/certificate granting eligibility for university studies in their country of origin. Candidates who have completed no more than three semesters at an accredited university or college are also eligible.
Candidates who have completed two or more years of university study are ineligible for the Mechina.
Students who do not successfully complete the English summer language course or level Alef in the Summer Ulpan are not allowed to continue in the Mechina.
Candidates applying to the Mechina while still in high school are required to submit a record of studies (transcript) or a letter from their school confirming their expected graduation.
Candidates for the Mechina must contact the Preparatory Program office: Room 406, Boyar Building, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Tel: 02-5881602, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is June 30, 2012. More details available on the Rothberg International School website.
Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Freshman Program offers high school graduates the opportunity to take academically accredited courses in a framework designed for first-year university students. Many universities abroad, especially in North America, grant transfer credits for these courses.
University Study Abroad Program
This program provides visiting students from abroad with a diversified academic experience at the Hebrew University, while earning credits, which may be transferred to the student’s home university or college. Students participating in this program choose from a wide range of courses (taught in English) offered by the Rothberg International School. Students may also take regular University courses given in Hebrew, if their Hebrew is sufficient, and they receive permission from the relevant department. Special arts programs are offered in cooperation with the Bezalel Academic of Arts and Design and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Further details on these programs are available on the Rothberg International School website.
Division of Graduate Studies
Graduate Year Program
This Program is designed to meet the special needs of qualified graduate students from abroad who wish to spend a year at the Hebrew University. Such graduate students may be MA or PhD candidates or recent college graduates who have not yet commenced a program of graduate study. The Program includes the following options: Visiting Student, Visiting Graduate Student, or Visiting Research Student. Special programs are offered such as Journalism and Media in Israel; Iberian and Latin American Studies (in Spanish).
MA Programs Taught in English
The following two-year degree programs are offered:
Jewish Studies – in conjunction with the Institute of Jewish Studies
The Bible and the Ancient Near East– in conjunction with the Department of Bible and the Institute of Archaeology and the Near East
The following one-year degree programs are offered:
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies – in conjunction with the Department of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies
Israel Studies: Society and Politics – in conjunction with the departments of Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology
Jewish Education - in conjunction with the Melton Center for Jewish Education.
Nonprofit Management and Leadership - in conjucntion with the School of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Further details are available on the Rothberg International School website.
Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs
The Department of Summer Courses and Special Programs offers short-term study abroad programs that enable students to combine an enriching academic experience with the opportunity to live and breathe the subject matter. The Department offers accredited courses to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as mature learners with academic backgrounds. Various stimulating co-curricular and extracurricular activities, seminars, and trips complement these courses, providing students with an enriching social and academic experience that extends beyond the limits of the classroom.
This summer our academic program offers courses in the following areas: Israel Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Law, Jerusalem Studies, Jewish and Religious Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Holocaust Studies and Trauma & Resilience. For more information, visit our website: http://overseas.huji.ac.il/summercourses.
Summer Intensive Language Programs
Intensive summer language studies are offered in Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic. For more information, visit our website: http://overseas.huji.ac.il/language.
Archaeological Field Schools
Qualified volunteers can participate in archaeological excavations throughout Israel and may arrange to earn academic credit from the Hebrew University. For more information, visit our website: http://overseas.huji.ac.il/excavations.