Admission Streams for Undergraduate Studies

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 as detailed in the Admission components.

"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), will be considered for admission to all programs, even if they have a non-equivalent certificate, except for Medicine, Dental Medicine and the Amirim Program. They must meet all other admission criteria.

Admission Streams:

  1. Admission streams for holders of equivalent certificates
  2. Admission streams for holders of non-equivalent certificates
  3. Admission based on a previous academic degree
  4. Admission based on partial academic studies
  5. Admission based solely on the Psychometric Entrance Test (age 30 and above)
  6. Admission through a committee

Admission streams in detail:

  1. Admission streams for holders of equivalent certificates

The Hebrew University considers certain high school diplomas/certificates from abroad to be equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut (matriculation) certificate. Holders of such diplomas are eligible to apply to degree programs. However, unlike the Israeli Bagrut, their grades are not weighted with the Psychometric Entrance Test scores (with the exception of the French BAC).

The table below lists examples of high school certificates that are equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut. A full list of equivalent certificates is available on the website.

Equivalent Certificates

BAC – French Baccalaureate

Belgium – Diploma Van Secundair Onderwijs (+ high school grades)

Canada - see details

Dutch VWO

GCSE + A-levels, in certain combinations

German Abitur

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Italian Esame di Stato

South African Senior Certificate with BA endorsement and minimum Achievement level 6

Swiss Federal Maturity

Tawjihi (East Jerusalem) - Science or Humanities

USA: Advanced Placement Examinations (details below – no. 4)

 
Such applicants are offered the following admission streams:

a. Admission based on the Psychometric Entrance Test

The decision on admission is based on the Psychometric Entrance Test or SAT scores (Medicine, Military Medicine and Dental Medicine accept only the Psychometric Test). The table of degree programs and admission streams lists the scores required for the different departments.

b. Direct admission based solely on an equivalent certificate, without the need for the Psychometric Entrance Test

There are select equivalent certificates that grant excellent students admission to most departments without the psychometric test. The table of degree programs indicates the departments that offer this option.  A detailed list of the certificates and the grades required for each department is available on the website.

BASIS Program at the Rothberg International School: Candidates who wish to be admitted through direct admission but their grades are slightly below the requirement, will be able to complete the BASIS program in place of the Psychometric Test. Details about this program are available on the the Rothberg International School website: overseas.huji.ac.il/mechina.

c. New!!! Applicants with a Taujihi certificate may be accepted without the need for a Psychometric Entrance Test score, according to the following details. They must, of course, meet all other admission requirements listed under "Admission Criteria".

Taujihi final grade

Optional Departments without Psychometric Test

90

All departments in the Faculty of Humanities, excluding the Amirim Program, Revivim Program and Cognitive Sciences

92

The following departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Communications and Journalism, Geography, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology

95

Department of Statistics

 

2. Admission streams for holders of non-equivalent certificates

There are high school diplomas/certificates that enable admission to higher education in their country of origin but are not considered by the Hebrew University to be equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut (matriculation). The table below lists examples of high school certificates that are not equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut. Applicants who are unsure about the status of their certificate should contact the Overseas Applicants Unit.

Non-Equivalent Certificates

East Asian Countries

Latin American High School

Russian Attestat or Vocational High School Diploma

South African Senior Certificate with BA endorsement and achievement level below 6

USA – High School Diploma, GED


Applicants who score at least 765 on the Psychometric Entrance Test will be considered under "Golden Admission". In addition, the two following streams are offered:

a. Admission based on a non-equivalent certificate, the Mechina Program and the Psychometric Entrance Test

Applicants with non-equivalent certificates are required to successfully complete a Mechina – Preparatory Program at an Israeli university. A non-equivalent certificate plus a Mechina certificate of completion will grant eligibility to apply for a degree program. Only the grades received in the Mechina – Preparatory Program at the Rothberg International School will be taken into consideration and weighted with the psychometric score.
A table with the required Mechina grades and Psychometric Entrance Test/SAT scores can be found here. Applicants who complete a Mechina program at any other Israeli university are considered solely on the basis of their Psychometric Entrance Test scores, as detailed in the table of degree programs and admission streams.

b. Admission based on a non-equivalent certificate, additional studies and the Psychometric Entrance Test

  • Applicants who have completed one year of academic studies (usually 30 semester credits) at an accredited institution of higher education are eligible to apply for first-year studies without participating in a Mechina program. Acceptance is based solely on the Psychometric Entrance Test.​ 
    Applicants who studied at a community college are required to    present a minimum of 30 academic credits with a minimum GPA of 3.2.
     
  • Applicants from the United States, with a high school diploma and at least four AP (Advanced Placement) exams, are eligible to apply for admission to first-year studies without participating in a Mechina program, provided they have a minimum score of 3 on all exams, a score of 4 on two exams and a minimum total score of 16 on all exams. (Medicine and Dental Medicine require six AP exams, including calculus and a science subject, with a minimum score of 4.) Admission is based on the Psychometric Entrance Test/SAT. Applicants who have three AP’s and other post-high school studies, may appeal for an exemption from taking the Mechina. The decision of the committee will take into account the psychometric test score and the level of Hebrew proficiency. The Hebrew University code for receiving the AP scores is 4551.
     
  • ​Israeli applicants who hold a non-equivalent certificate following nine years of study in Israel, may be considered on the basis  of the following Bagrut examinations: Mathematics – 3 units or more; Hebrew – 2 units; Hebrew Literature or Bible or History –  2 units; an additional elective subject that is not a language – 3 units or more. (Applicants to a scientific program of study must choose a science subject as their elective.)

3. Admission based on a previous academic degree

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 and admission streams 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, Dental Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

4. Admission based on partial academic studies

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 an Israeli university or college

Applicants that do not meet the admission requirements but have completed one academic year at a recognized Israeli university or academic college, may submit a request to the academic committee to consider their grades with their psychometric test score. The grades will be considered, according to the admission requirements in effect at the time they are submitted, and according to the following conditions:

  • The applicant has a minimum psychometric score of 600 (SAT combined score 1260/1600).
  • The applicant has completed a full academic year (minimum 32 credits in the Humanities and Social Sciences; 38 credits in Law or Hotel Management and Environmental Economics; 45 credits in the sciences).
  • The applicants has passing grades in all courses.
  • Applicants not from the Hebrew University will be considered only if their previous studies are related to the requested program in one of the following groups: Humanities and Social Sciences; Quantitative Humanities and Social Sciences (e.g. Economics, Business, Cognitive Sciences); Exact Sciences.

c. Admission based on completion of one academic year at a leading university

A leading university is defined as a university ranked among the top 100 universities on the Shanghai ranking. Applicants that have completed a full year of study (30 credits) with high grades at a leading university, will be accepted without the Psychometric Entrance Test to the Faculty of Humanities (all departments except for the Amirim and Revivim programs, Cognitive Sciences or the Combined Program in Philosophy, Economics & Political Science).

5. Admission based solely on the Psychometric Entrance Test (age 30 and above)

Applicants above the age of 30 who do not have a high school diploma that is considered equivalent to the Israeli Bagrut, may apply solely on the basis of the Psychometric Entrance Test to most departments at the Hebrew University.  The table of degree programs lists the departments that offer this option.

Applicants above the age of 35 may apply without the Psychometric Test to some departments through the “Maaleh” Program. (See “Special Students”.)

6. Admission by committee

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 (see above), 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.