Study Abroad

IFSA Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School

  • Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Jerusalem has captured the imagination of the world for centuries. Ancient history is evident at every turn, yet this diverse city also boasts modern cultural diversity and student friendly entertainment. The area has plenty of cultural and entertainment options including art galleries, museums, theaters, and restaurants. One of the most sacred, historic cities in the world, Jerusalem is the perfect place to spend an exciting and enlightening semester or year. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s First university and a symbol of the cultural rebirth of the Jewish nation in its ancestral homeland.

Haverford will not cover the cost of any optional academic programs before the program starts or after the program ends.

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    Non-US citizens should consult with IFSA-Butler and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. Tuition covers health insurance as well as the mandatory Ulpan courses.

No previous Hebrew language study is required. Students must be in good health. Students should be aware that the Government of Israel reserves the right to refuse entry to someone suspected of being HIV positive.

Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Hebrew language course which begins before the semester starts. Students may substitute Arabic for Hebrew. Both Hebrew and Arabic fulfill Haverford’s language requirement. The application requirements can be found on the IFSA-Butler website.

Academic Credit

The minimum study load is 16-18 class hours per week for a total of 15 credits per semester. In each semester, students must enroll in at least one course in Jewish or Israel studies and at least 4-8 class hours per week of Hebrew. Ulpan, the intensive Hebrew language course, is required. Students who opt for the Arabic Immersion program take Arabic instead of Hebrew. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Programs include:

  • General Undergraduate Studies– Language Course and 3 electives
  • Arabic Immersion – Total immersion in modern standard Arabic. Fulfills Haverford’s language requirement
  • Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program – for juniors and seniors with at least a 3.7 GPA.
  • Art Jerusalem – Artistic training combined with university study
  • Dance Jerusalem – Students train in the area of classical ballet, contemporary dance (including Ohad Naharin’s Gaga) choreography, repertoire and improvisation.  
  • Jerusalem Sounds – A comprehensive music program that includes individual instruction, workshops, performance in small and large ensembles, and classes in Jewish and Israeli music. 
Course Highlights

Anthropology, Arabic Language, Archaeology, Architecture and Planning, Fine Art, Studio Art, Business, Cities, Communications, Dance, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Geography, Hebrew, Jewish Studies, History, Law, Legal Studies, Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, Music Performance, Music Studies, Neuroscience, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Theology, Sociology, Urban Studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


Mandatory language orientation. Hebrew/Arabic Ulpan

Number of Students

Approximately 22,000 students attend Hebrew University of whom 2,300 attend the Rothberg International School. Approximately 65 students attend the IFSA Butler program each fall and approximately 80 students attend the program each spring.

Housing/Meal Plans

Housing is guaranteed and includes the Ulpan session. There is no meal plan. Students live in Scopus Student Village located on Mount Scopus and a short walking distance from the campus. Housing consists of suites with single bedrooms and shared living room, kitchen and bathroom facilities. All suites are air conditioned and include laundry facilities. Students who observe Jewish Sabbath or keep Kosher may request housing with other observant residents.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


Students who are applying to study in Israel must have both parents sign the Parent Waiver on the Travel Resources website.  We also strongly suggest that parents of students studying abroad, especially in Israel, also have valid passports.

Exams for the first semester take place in mid-January. Exam dates cannot be changed, and students will not know exactly when their exams take place until they arrive. It is possible for the first semester exams at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to overlap with the first week of the second semester at Haverford College. Please keep this in mind when you apply. You may not apply for the fall semester only if this is the case. 

Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Semester
  • Fulfills Language Requirement


  • Semester I: Late August to early January
  • Semester II: Mid-January to early June

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1

Faculty Contact

Richard Freedman

Barak Mendelsohn

Naomi Koltun-Fromm