Since many required reading texts are written in English, proficiency in the English language is an admission requirement to the Hebrew University. This requirement applies to applicants for undergraduate, graduate and supplementary programs as well as those with the status of "Special Students".
- English “Basic” level is the minimum language requirement for admission to most departments at the undergraduate level. Candidates at lower levels are not accepted to degree studies at the Hebrew University and receive notification to this effect in their rejection letter. Students are required to reach exemption level before advancing to the second year. This might necessitate a summer course.
- English “Lower Advanced” level is the minimum language requirement for admission to most departments at the graduate level and for the "Revivim" Program, Nursing and Occupational THerapy at teh undergraduate level. Students are required to reach exemption level before advancing to the second year.
- English “Upper Advanced” level is required of undergraduate students for admission to: Linguistics, Bio-Medical Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy and Dental Medicine. For Linguistics, this level is demonstrated only by achieving a minimum score of 120 on the English language subsection of the Psychometric Test and on the Amiram Test or a minimum score of 220 on the Amir Test.
- English “Upper Advanced” level is also required for admission to most of the MA programs taught in English (details in the chapter on Graduate Studies), for the MBA program and for MA programs in the departments listed above.
- English Exemption level is required for admission to the undergraduate program in English. This level is demonstrated only by achieving a minimum score of 134 on the English language subsection of the Psychometric Test and on the Amiram Test or a minimum score of 234 on the Amir Test, and not by a course. Applicants that achieved Upper Advanced level according to the test, may be conditionall accepted and will need to meet the required score before the beginning of the academic year.
English proficiency is measured by the English language subsection of the Psychometric Test, the NITE Amir or Amiram Test (computerized Amir).
Applicants will be exempt from the study of English if they completed a full course of study at an institution where the language of instruction is English or a degree program in English Language and/or Literature or if they have a grade of 7 in English A at Higher Grade on the IB.
The Amir Test is under the supervision of the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation. Registration is done online <http://www.nite.org.il>, or by submitting forms that can be purchased at the Academon bookstores on campus or directly from the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation, Tel: 02-6759555.
Results are forwarded to the University according to Israeli ID number. Candidates who listed their passport number on the test must personally submit a photocopy of their passport to their admissions advisor.
The Amir Test may be taken in 2017 on February 20, April 6, 9, July 6-7 or September 4-5. Spring semester candidates take the Amir Test on December 15, 17, 2017. Registration for the test must be completed at least six weeks in advance.
The Amiram (computerized Amir) Test will be offered at leaset once a month between February and October. Registratino is done on the Personal Information website. Applicants that took the Amiram at another institution must ask NITE to forward the score to the Hebrew University.
Please note: Candidates are advised to take the relevant test even if they have not yet been accepted, in order to avoid missing an application deadline. They are urged to take the test as early as possible so that they can take a summer English course if necessary.
Submission of Other Test Scores
Candidates who are abroad or who cannot take the Amir/Amiram test in time, may submit their score on the TOEFL or IELTS (academic format) or European Common Reference Level. The TOEFL score report must be submitted direct from the ETS. The Hebrew University code is 0206.
It is also possible to submit an official certificate of English level according to the European Common Reference levels.
Hebrew University English Level
NITE Amir Test
TOEFL Internet-based Score
European Common Reference Levels
SAT Critical Reading Score
Basic (minimum acceptance level)
Additional summer courses or tests required before admission
Students must reach Exemption level by the beginning of second-year studies. English language studies on the “Upper Advanced” level taken during the first year of undergraduate studies do not require payment of an additional fee.
Students who must study both Hebrew and English in their first year of studies are usually not able to carry a full course load.
The Hebrew University offers summer courses in reading English for academic purposes. Classes are held in either the morning or the afternoon, contingent upon sufficient registration, and may be taken concurrently with the Summer Ulpan. For details see the Department of English as a Foreign Language website.
In addition, applicants may take the open online courses designed by The Open University and offered on: study.onl.co.il. Following the course, applicants will need to take one of the recognized exams.