Admission for undergraduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is possible through several admission streams. Applicants should check, according to their background , which admission streams are open to them. It might happen that several admission streams may be relevant for consideration.
Applicants in all streams must meet the additional requirements (Hebrew, English etc.).
"Golden Admission": Applicants who attained a score of at least 765 on the Psychometric Entrance Test (general score or quantitative emphasis – according to departmental requirements), and do not have an equivalent certificate (according to country of origin), will be considered for admission to all programs, excluding Medicine, Military Medicine, Dental Medicine and the Amirim Program. They must meet all other admission criteria.
- Admission based on entrance examination – Psychometric Test/SAT/ACT
- Direct admission based on an equivalent certificate
- Admission based on achievements in the Rothberg International School Mechina
- Admission based on a previous academic degree
- Admission based on partial academic studies
- Admission through a committee
- Admission options for mature students
Admission Streams in Details:
- Admission based on entrance examination
This admission stream is intended for holders of an equivalent certificate or for holders of a non-equivalent certificate who completed additional studies, as detailed according to their country of origin.
Admission decisions are based on scores on the Psychometric Entrance Test or the SAT/ACT (Medicine, Military Medicine and Dental Medicine accept only the Psychometric Test).
Information about the Psychometric Test, including dates and registration is available on the following link.
Information about the SAT and ACT is available on the following link.
The scores required for the various majors are listed on the table on the following link.
2. Direct admission based on an equivalent certificate
There are select equivalent certificates that grant excellent students admission to most departments without the psychometric test. The country-specific information will note whether this stream is offered or not. A detailed list of the certificates and the grades required for each major is available on the following link.
3. Admission based on achievements in the Rothberg International School Mechina
Applicants who do not have equivalent certificates but completed a university Mechina program, may apply on the basis of admission stream 1. In addition, those that completed the Rothberg International School Mechina may use their grades in the program to be weighted with their scores on the entrance test. A table with the required Mechina grades and Psychometric Entrance Test scores, as well as a comparable table with SAT scores, can be found on the following link.
Information about the Mechina Preparatory Program is available here.
Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a recognized university may be accepted to most departments without the Psychometric Entrance Test. The Table of Degree Programs lists the departments that offer this option.
Holders of a PhD degree may be accepted without the Psychometric Entrance Test to all departments excluding Medicine, Military Medicine, Dental Medicine and Veterinary medicine.
a. Admission based on completion of two academic years at a recognized university
Applicants who have completed at least two years of academic studies at an accredited university (not including “distance learning”) may apply without the Psychometric Entrance Test, if they meet the following conditions:
Faculty of Humanities (all departments except for the Amirim and Revivim programs, Cognitive Studies or the Combined Program in Philosophy, Economics & Political Science) – The minimum grade required is equivalent to at least 75 (GPA 2.5/4).
School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences (all departments except for Economics, Psychology, Psychobiology or the Combined Program in Philosophy, Economics & Political Science) – The minimum grade required is equivalent to at least 80 (GPA 3.0/4).
Faculty of Science (all departments except for the Amirim Program and the programs in the School of Engineering and Computer Science); Faculty of Agriculture (all departments except for Biochemistry and Food Science, Nutritional Sciences and the specializations in Biotechnology in Agriculture) – The minimum grade required is equivalent to at least 85 (GPA 3.5/4). Studies must include math and a course in a science subject.
b. Admission based on completion of one academic year at the Hebrew University
Applicants who completed a full academic year at the University (minimum 32 credits in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 38 credits in Law or Hotel Management and Environmental Economics, 45 credits in the sciences), may ask to use their grades in addition to the Psychometric Test/SAT scores for admission to more competitive programs. The grades will be considered according to the admission requirements in effect at the time they are submitted.
Information on admission to advanced years on the following link.
a. Proof of admission to a leading university
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements listed above but can prove their eligibility for admission to a leading university (listed among the top 100 universities in the Shanghai ranking), may submit a request to the admissions committee (excluding universities that have a policy of “open admission” without competition).
The committee will consider the applications based on the documents submitted and the level of competition in the requested department.
b. Appeals Committee
Candidates may appeal a decision if they can base it on information that was not originally taken into account. Only appeals from candidates who submitted a formal application will be considered. A written appeal, together with all relevant documentation, must be sent directly to the Overseas Applicants Unit. The Admissions Committee is the final arbiter, and its decisions are not reversible.
c. Affirmative Action
The university reserves a few places in each department for eligible applicants that have grades a bit lower than the requirements.
Eligibility is checked through the Society for the Advancement of Education that gives points for criteria connected with personal background relevant to high school studies (e.g. place of residence, high school, parents' education, number of siblings, special personal or family issues etc.) Applicants, below the age of 30, that received at least 30 points from the Society, will be considered according to the number of places in the department and the relative achievements of all applicants eligible for affirmative action. Letters of eligibility must be submitted before the application deadline. Additional details on the website of the Society or by telephone: 02-6441159 or on the website: www.kidum-edu.org.il.
Applicants above the age of 30 who do not have an equivalent certificate, may apply solely on the basis of the Psychometric Entrance Test to most departments at the Hebrew University. Please contact the Overseas Applicants Unit for information on admission prospects.
Applicants above the age of 35 may apply without the Psychometric Test to some departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences through the “Maaleh” Program. After completing a certain number of credits with good grades, it might be possible to join the degree program. For details, call the Magid Institute, Tel: 02-5422016.